XXL finally tossed hip-hop purists a bone. Lupe Fiasco is the cover boy for May and it looks like Thomas Golianopoulos whipped up a damn good piece to go with it. Lupe touches on everything from the Lasers fiasco to his status as a top lyricist in the game.
Despite posting the sales week of his career thus far, Wasalu wasn’t too impressed.
“I wasn’t completely overwhelmed, because now I have to go into the business meetings,” he said. “Now I’m waiting for, ‘If you didn’t say you hated the album in that interview, we would have done 300,000,’” he added.
But once they mentioned skills, Lu was quick to tout his.
Fiasco admitted that he made a more poppy sounding album than he would have liked with Lasers and isn’t proud of the artistic compromises he had to make. While he might not feel comfortable making pop music, Lupe is confident with his skills on the mic; even going as far as calling himself one of the best lyrical MCs in the game at the moment. “I can actually make the argument, seriously, that, Yo, I’m better than all y’all,” he boasted. “You have people who can say that. Jay-Z can say that. Eminem can say that. Canibus can say that—if we are going line for line. If you want to relate me to the newer cats, let’s go. Let’s go line for line and bar for bar. If it’s all about spitting and metaphors and MCing and lyrics and entendres, I will eat 99 percent of you dudes up.”
And more suicide talk:
Lu revealed to XXL that in 2009 Atlantic froze his budget on Lasers because they were unhappy with what they had heard so far of the album. The decision was crippling and Fiasco says caused him to contemplate suicide. “It follows you everywhere,” he said of the depression that overtook him. “The way you rationalize things gets titled through that mentality.” In the song “Beautiful Lasers,” from the disc, Lupe mentioned keeping a gun on his table. “That was literal,” he admits. “I own a ton of them.”
XXL’s May 2011 issue hits stands on April 26. [XXL]