“For me, you come to that point in the industrial Hip Hop [where] I’ve done everything. I’ve achieved my accolades, I’ve sold my million records, I’ve done this, I’ve done that. For me, I never want to do the same thing twice. And I always want to progress and do new things. The industrial Lupe Fiasco is kinda done.”
Lupe Fiasco returned to The Breakfast Club to talk about his forthcoming album Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part 1, wanting to leave Atlantic Records when his deal is up, his opinion on “Real” Hip Hop, and if he ever prayed over a woman’s ***** before sex.
Sampling “T.R.O.Y” for his single “Around My Way”:
“It was Pete Rock’s record, he produced that record. Tom Scott didn’t make that beat. But I still had to go through the same process that Pete went through to clear the record. I had to send my lyrics to Tom Scott and Jefferson Airplane and all that. [Pete] was in tune through the whole process thats why I was kinda like, ‘You’re buggin.’ And then the way he attacked everything and the way he did it. And then the way we reconciled on the street side and then reconciled personally, and then what he was suppose to do publicly he didn’t do.”
Lyricism in Hip Hop:
“I come from a different school. I came from Canibus, Eminem. To me that’s up here (motioning high), even early Jay-Z. So for me, lyrically it’s a different kind of conversation. But if it’s just rapping, technically rapping making words rhyme and metaphor here, metaphor there, it’s cool. Technically it’s good, beats are good. Everything is good. It’s fresh. But to me, the substance is just terrible. So it’s like 97% of Hip Hop is just terrible.”
“I barely listen to Hip Hop to be honest. I can skim through something or you may hear it a little bit. But when it comes to Music, I listen Jazz, I listen to Blues, I listen to Rock & Roll, I listen to Dance music. And Hip Hop is like 6th simply because, either the messages that are in the Blues or the messages that are in the Jazz music or Reggae, I listen to a lot of Reggae. The positivity is what I want to hear, it doesn’t matter how it comes.”
Previously: Lupe Fiasco Sets The Record Straight on Lasers