Lupe Fiasco adorns XXL May 2011 cover | Magazine Excerpts

Lupe Fiasco opens up to XXL magazine for their May 2011 cover story, available from April 26, to discuss the pop music approach of his latest album, Lasers, and expand on the battle leading up to the project’s eventual release, which hit the top spot in the charts despite the label battles.


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.”

“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.”

XXL’s May 2011 issue also features Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean and pays tribute to Nate Dogg, with a look back on the history of rap collaboration album projects – “and why they are so hard to pull off.”