Lupe Fiasco

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Lupe Fiasco Wants To Destroy All Physical Copies Of Lasers With New Campaign

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People really dislike Lasers that much? I actually thought it was a pretty good album. It’s held up better than some of the stuff on The Cool, which was always my favorite Lupe album. I may have to revisit my official Lupe album rankings on the 10 year anniversary of Food & Liquor. But I digress.

I guess Lu’s fans still have beef with the album Atlantic Records *allegedly* botched back in 2011. Looking back, I guess the gap between The Cool and Lasers was pretty ridiculous (four years),  but I’m fairly certain I’m gonna hold on to my hard copy. It’s a rap souvenir at this point. Anyway, Lupe took to Facebook earlier to announce the #LaserHaters campaign. Sounds a bit harsh, no?  We just can’t escape this album, can we?

My 3rd musically related thing I want to accomplish this year is not to make another album but to do something waaaay stupider…I want to unmake an album. I watched the ATARI E.T. documentary and got inspired. So here’s my idea. For all you people who really hated my 3rd album LASERS for whatever reason in the universe I want you to send it back to me so I can destroy it with an actual Laser. You not getting any money back or an apology or anything like that. The fact still remains that a lot of people really loved LASERS (Me Included) despite the popular myth that it’s one of the worst rap albums ever but sometimes the myth can be stronger than the truth. So yeah….if you have a physical copy of LASERS that you absolutely hate and wish for it to be rendered non-existent then you can send it back to me and I’ll have it destroyed with an actual giant laser and send it into next world in spectacular grand fashion!

If your down hit me up in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TheReturnOfLasers and if we get enough #LaserHaters willing to have their physical copy destroyed then will do it on New Year’s Day 2016!!! To you #LaserLovers out there with physical copies just sit back and enjoy the craziness that’s about to happen lol… This is a #WellBoggleMeGiblets© production

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Chicago

New Project: Lupe Fiasco – Pharaoh Height

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Amazing.

Up and out of the blue, Lupe Fiasco has dropped a brand new six song EP. A very mysterious collection of tracks titled Pharaoh Height, rumored to be the third installment of his Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtape series — which helped put Lu on the map back in the mid aughts.

Not much is known about the project, its features or its production; but it’s sounding amazing a few songs in. The track list is even more intriguing, giving us a message (and a rhyme!) instead of simply song titles. Fans of Fahrenheit hold the series in an esteemed light, so let’s hope Pharaoh Height keeps the legacy alive. I believe it will. Larger even.

Prepare to be dazzled below.

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Chicago

Lupe Fiasco Pens Open Letter To Law Enforcement Titled ‘The Police’

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Crime In Our Times

Lupe Fiasco has been on a roll as of late with these written pieces he’s been sporadically releasing via Instagram. True to form, Lupe took to IG yesterday to unveil a new piece dedicated to law enforcement titled: “The Police: Crime In Our Times.” In light of the controversy with law enforcement and African Americans throughout history, it’s only right for Lu to open up on the subject.

Check out the seven part letter below.

The Police. A letter. The police are not your friend. The police are not your enemy. The same could be said about the law. So let’s say it. The law is not your friend and the law is not your enemy. So what are the police then if they are not friends nor enemies. Well let’s get a definition of the word ‘Police’ from the dictionary: “the civil force of a national or local government, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.” And while we’re at it lets get a dictionary definition of ‘Law’ as well: “the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties.” Nowhere in the definition does it say “friend” or “enemy” even though some police officers can be friendly and some can be really antagonistic (see the famed “Good Cop/Bad Cop” routine for an explicit example) it is not the nature of their position in society to be friend or foe. So what are the police then?

The firmest designation for the police is their primary title “Law Enforcement Officer” and again the law is neither your friend or foe so then the police are a merely reflection of the law. Police are the physical manifestation of the law. The police occupy a middle ground of sorts. They are mostly benign in the sense that if they have no particular law to enforce then they are powerless. Also where the law is broken and can’t be seen or is out of the conscious knowledge of the police they are also powerless as is the law itself. Law is only powerful when it comes into direct contact with its child, Criminality. Crime and our relationship to crime is much closer to us than our relationship to the law. Everybody bends or breaks the law in some very minute capacity. We may speed on the highway from time to time. Throw litter on the ground. Lie on our taxes. Disregard a jury duty summons. Download pirated content. Where we feel the law doesn’t “count” or “make sense” we are inclined to transgress the limits.

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