Lupe Fiasco Lasers: The Show Goes On

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

For Lupe Fiasco, the show goes on.  Slowly but surely.  “The Show Goes On” came out October 26th and  is Fiasco’s first announced single off his upcoming Lasers album.  Lasers won’t hit stores til March 11th, though.  The single instantly gathered a slew of buzz across the hip hop world, as fans have been severely missing Lupe’s flow over the past few years.  The song samples Modest Mouse’s famous “Float On” song and has a very upbeat anthem feel to it.

Lupe takes music to a new level

The wait has been an obscure one for Fiasco’s new album, Lasers, which wasn’t given an official release date until October 7th, after months of business issues with Atlantic Records.  Lupe has used his twitter account effectively to relay the on going status of the album.  In January 2010, he tweeted:

I’m actually going to turn it in to the label in the morning (Tuesday). I was actually supposed to turn it tonight….I’m turning it in to the label tomorrow and they’re going to do their whole process…. and I’m hoping before the summer.

Well, the album was never even given a release date, which spurred an online petition for Atlantic Records to announce one.  The petition, which had more than 30,000 signatures, grew to a full blow organized protest day in front of Atlantic’s headquarters.  Near the end of summer, fans started organizing and spreading the word that “Fiasco Friday” would take place on October 15th in New York City. Take a look at a few pictures from Fiasco Friday.  Even though Atlantic Records announced the release date of Lasers a week before Fiasco Friday, fans weren’t going to cancel the rally.

Fiasco grew up in Chicago (photo courtesy of

Lupe stated that Atlantic Records thought he was “whack,” which was a major obstacle in releasing the album.  In early October 2010, he explained thoroughly the conflicts at a speech in Dayton, OH. Basically, the high authorities had their own visions and songs and hooks they wanted Lupe to record.  When Lupe did them, they weren’t happy with the results and frequently changed their approach.  Atlantic Records and Fiasco were also at a disagreement with percentages of profit.  Persistence paid off in the long run, but it sure has been quite a marathon.  Fiasco’s last album, The Cool, was released nearly three full years ago (December 2007).

Lupe and B.o.B. (photo courtesy of

On a side note, as you may think Lupe has been just hangin’ out the past few years, he was actually recording chart toppers.  B.o.B.’s “Nothing on You” and “Airplanes” were originally meant for Fiasco.  However, Atlantic Records didn’t like the way they came out and passed them onto B.o.B.  Check out a version of Lupe’s “Nothing on You.” B.o.B. actually does sound a bit better and more emotional, so Atlantic made the right call there.  Lupe’s version would have probably been well received by fans, but Atlantic thought his stuff was whack.

Check out Fiasco’s most recent mixtape, Enemy of the State, which came out Thanksgiving 2009.

  1. Matt harris says:


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