As March 8th rapidly approaches, Lupe Fiasco prepares for the release of his long awaited album, Lasers. While on a promotional tour, he stopped by Clark Atlanta University to give deeper insight into his new project. What many expected to be a small listening session and concert turned out to be a discussion/interview on issues around the world as well as in the black community, through the eyes of Lupe Fiasco, and how, as a Hip-Hop artist, he’s pushing listeners to become active. Bordering the lines of a revolutionary bard and mainstream artist, Lupe Fiasco introduces the L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto.
With the release of his third studio album, LASERS, Lupe Fiasco not only adapted a more universal sound, but he set out to transform himself as an artist. His new album came with a bolder message, a new outlook on life, and a slew of different creative goals for Lupe. Greedmont Park had the chance to sit with Lupe and pick his brain on everything ranging from him battling depression, to him picking up the art of DJing, to his stance on politics and community revolution.
Lupe came to Atlanta on what seemed to be a promotional tour, but we discussed much more than his album. After a couple laughs, we jumped right into the message and purpose of his new album LASERS. Before listening to any music, Lupe gave an in depth look into the L.A.S.E.R.S manifesto.
“To every man, woman, and child: We want an end to the glamorization of negativity in the media. We want an end to status symbols dictating our worth as individuals. We want a meaning and universal education system. We want not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd. We want the invisible walls that separate by wealth, race and class to be torn down. We want to think our own thoughts. We will be responsible for our environment. We want clarity and truth from our elected officials or they should move aside… We will not lose because we are not losers, we are lasers… Lasers are revolutionary. Lasers are the future.”
\With LASERS, Lupe give hope to every Hip Hop head still blasting Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’s most wanted”, praying that Jay Electronica would one day release an album. Lupe has done a great job with subtly spreading positive, revolutionary messages with his last two albums. LASERS posses more of an in your face style that would make Chuck D proud. Through the punk rock sound, major label backing, and random Trey Songz feature (blame Atlantic Records), LASERS is nevertheless the return of revolutionary Hip Hop. READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN GREEDMONT MAGAZINE #3
[Words and Photos by Spencer Charles]