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Hip-hop mainstay Lupe Fiasco has had a busy 2011, having finally released his long awaited full-length Lasers this past March, in addition to the 5-year-anniversary re-release of his beloved debut Food & Liquor. He's spending his fall on the road, and will be bringing his concious, visual flow to the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 10.
Expect classics such as skate anthem "Kick, Push" and "Superstar," as well as newer singles like "Show Goes On." The Chi-Town MC is never one to hold back his political and social beliefs, so its likely he'll be as blunt and unfiltered between songs as he is in the press.
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There were many things that could have predicted the mediocrity that permeates L.A.S.E.R.S. After much ado, legal troubles with Atlantic Records, and fan protests, it is not surprising that Lupe Fiasco’s much anticipated third album, released March 8, 2011, is proving to be anticlimactic to his fan-base.
At this point there are many questions on the minds of Lupe fans, but none such more than, “was it worth the wait?” There's no clear answer from the tracks on the album, an album which Lupe himself openly told Complex Magazine was heavily influenced and forced by Atlantic, and one whose release is now based more on principle than on the preparation of a cohesive project.
Lupe Fiasco's LASERS, after two years on being shelved by Atlantic Records, has been leaked to negative reviews.
Lu is trying to rebound from these reviews. He has addressed his fan’s criticism on twitter and has gone on NYC Hot 97 and had a very serious interview.
In the interview Lupe admits he would like to be free of his contract with Atlantic, perhaps move to Africa (where specifically who knows), and write rock songs while he lived there.
Lupe if and when he is released from his Atlantic Record's contract is unsure if he would go to another major label, or go independent so he can put out whatever he wants with little interference.
Lupe Fiasco intended his third album, originally called LupE.N.D. to be his final album. His contract with Atlantic Records did not allow this so LupE.N.D was postponed.
Instead Lupe wanted to release an album called The Great American Rap Album in June 2009. That was postponed as well.
Lupe decided to work on an album called We Are Lasers but was shortened to Lasers an acronym for Love Always Shines, Everytime Remember 2 Smile.
Lupe released the first single from Lasers, "Shinning Down". It was similar to Lupe's hit "Superstar" from his second album Lupe Fiasco's: The Cool. The single did not do well and charted number 93 on Billboard Top 100.