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Shyne’s Lupe Fiasco Def Jammed By Nas – Part 2 of 3

Part 1 – Shyne

Part 3 – Nas

We have all heard the open letters, protests, and rants in the last couple of months by rap artists. Artists & fans of hip-hop are not happy with the industry and the music it has been producing for the past few years. Pent-up frustration is now being released with the realization that there won’t be many quality rap songs when everyone releases their album next month.

Sales are down, hip hop in general is down, and 3 rappers had the balls to say something about it. Each artist different with a different opinion. Now it’s Lupe Fiasco’s turn. His feud with his record label has been going on since the beginning of the year.

Links to what Lupe Fiasco said

He discusses his loyal following of fans & success in the first paragraph

Lupe Fiasco’s frustration with Atlantic Records delaying the release of the upcoming Lasers album & his previous reaction to fans starting an online petition to protest the delay of his albums

If you haven’t read them already, you will need to click on the links and read what Lupe Fiasco has said to understand what I’m going to say. The videos are included below.

It is not as much about what he has said as much as it’s about what Lupe Fiasco has done. Over a year ago on June 26, 2009, Lupe Fiasco finally confirmed his album would be called “Lasers” and that it should be released in December of that year.

It’s been almost a year since that release date and all we have is a rushed and unceremonious date (Mar. 8, 2011) Atlantic records tweeted on Oct. 8, 2010. Does Lupe actually think the date will be upheld? The day before, he tweeted “Victory” with the picture below of him and Atlantic president, Julie Greenwald.

Lupe Fiasco is dazed & confused

Now back to what Lupe Fiasco actually said.

Why is Lupe Fiasco trying so hard to distance himself with the industry? He’s talented and smart enough to perform at every awards show and speak at colleges without compromising his image or fanbase.

He actually needs to be more like Jay-Z if he genuinely wants to get in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem. The people that listen to his music and live what they hear and see on T.V are the fans who need their self-esteem improved. They are the same ones that see Jay-Z as one of them and that makes them think they can be succesful but also…want to be succesful.

College students listen to you as nothing more than a hobby or entertainment. Who else has enough time on their hands to protest the delayed release of an album?

A good rapper is always careful not to go over the heads of his listeners. Don’t want to sound like an outsider or be viewed as a story or parody.

And does he really have to ask what will make the people happy? It went from being a 3-disc album LupE.N.D, to “We Are The Lasers”, then it was “Lasers”, and now he wants to drop “Food & Liquor 2.”

Drop a damn album already..that’s what will make your fans happy.

Now, I can’t necessarily blame him for the useless protest his fans held outside of Atlantic Records since he didn’t organize it.

But maybe I can, considering Lupe Fiasco went off on Atlantic Records for not pushing his album during the speech in this video.

Atlantic is not in the business of managing, producing, or recording; they are in the business of making money.

I can also blame him for supporting the protest when he is aware of the real reasons behind the delay of his “Lasers.” The songs he recorded thus far aren’t hits.

CEO of Atlantic Records Lyor Cohen correctly showed the protestors why “Lasers” is delayed by playing one of the tracks through a boombox in this video.

Atlantic Records won’t sell any records if his music on the new album sounds like that. And not only will Atlantic lose money, but Lupe will 2…by losing fans and interest.

Lupe Fiasco is one of only 3 rappers I would buy an album from. The others are Nas & Game. Everybody else gets downloaded.

Atlantic Records will release his album when & how they can make the most money off of it.

You gotta “Dumb It Down”…you explained it clearly with that classic off the last album.

And that’s exactly what the problem is.

That track came out 3 years ago when your last album “The Cool” dropped on Dec. 18, 2007. 3 years with no album while in the prime of your career.   

Part 1 – Shyne

Part 3 – Nas


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