Lupe Fiasco sat down with Power 106 in Los Angeles for a very candid interview this week, talking about his latest music, his frustrations, and more.
The Chicago rap vet explains that he’s been recording and having fun, but says the driving force is to fulfill his label obligations.
“[I want to] just get this out before the fall, so I can put out the next one, so I can be done with [Atlantic Records],” Lupe said. “That’s what we’re in right now. We’re just trying to get albums out just to get off the label.”
As the interview continued, Lupe says his frustrations also has him walking away from the game.
“Personally, for me, I’d rather just be done,” he says. “I’d rather walk into the sunset and be up out of here. Unfortunately, my record label keeps me in a position and the greater drive is to get off my label, so I can get out these contracts as opposed to retiring under these contracts and being with these people. That’s the greater drive to get it out. It’s not even about, ‘Let me please the fans.’
“You’ve gotta wait nine months between release dates and you gotta worry about the extra nonsense they put you through,” the rapper continued. “That wears you down. But you fight through it.”
If Lupe does retire, what will he do? Would he work in film scoring?
“If the opportunity presents itself, you know, to go beyond than just doing music for a soundtrack, but scoring is whole other kind of piece,” Lupe explained. “We got offered a piece to do for a little indie film, but it’s something that has to be something that’s really well planned out, well thought out. And sometimes you just don’t have the time it takes to be immersed in a project and put music to it to that degree and pulling in all the assets that you need to pull it off properly.”
Also in the interview, Lupe explains his frustrations with both the Internet and Twitter, saying he wants to delete his social media profile, as well as his work with Ab-Soul.