At his recent show in Seattle, Washington, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco explained his tactic to stick it to his former label Atlantic Records with Drogas Light.
While under full contractual terms with Atlantic Records, Lupe gave us Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, and Tetsuo & Youth, but now, after being released from the label, Lupe was required to provide one more dignified return, but when you consider an eye for eye, Lupe claimed to have dished them what they gave him, trash.
The album, Drogas Light, his sixth album was dropped back in February with only around 14K traditional units sold (physical & digital combined) in its first week, received wide reviews on its lack there of, and Lupe seemed to have agreed as it was intentional. Speaking on the quality of the music presented, he said,
“Around Lasers, I knew there was going to be some bullshit. So, I was like, you know what? I will never, ever, ever, as long as I’m on this label, give this label my heart. What I truly believe and what I really feel. Cause I feel like when you work for somebody, they have to show you some love back; show that they deserve your worth. So, since Lasers, I’ve never really put my all into a project because I feel like Atlantic doesn’t deserve it. So I took an L.”
Taking a major gamble with his career, Lupe admitted to tainting the album with leftover songs that he had laying around to create the 14-track album to screw over his former label as he was obligated to fulfill one last album according to his original contract.
He took an L, alright.
Promising his fans that his follow-up Drogas Wave will be much wavier, we only hope that he can keep his word as it may or may not be a detriment to his career.
So would you say that Lupe was metaphorically speaking, spitting in the face of his oppressor with this move? And would you say, it was a good counter?