Monday, February 28, 2011

Lupe Fiasco states he hates '''Laser's'' and was forced to do ''Show Goes On''

The last time we spoke with Lupe Fiasco, things were not looking good. His oft-delayed third album, Lasers, seemed destined for major label limbo and Lupe was busying himself with side projects like Japanese Cartoon—his post-punk rock band—and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Lupe’s fans fought back and took things into their own hands by protesting the delay of Lasers. And then a ray of hope: Lupe tweeted a picture of himself with Atlantic Records Chief Operating Officer, Julie Greenwald, and the long-standing feud between him and the label seemed resolved. Shortly thereafter Lasers was given a release date, and it looked like everything was going to be alright.

But pictures can be deceiving. Despite having a legitimate hit on his hands with “The Show Goes On,” and having a solid release date of March 8 for his album, things between Lupe and Atlantic Records haven’t really been resolved. We got on the phone with Lupe and he went off about how he was pressured into doing “The Show Goes On,” why he’s still not cool with Atlantic Records, and why he (sometimes) hates his own album.

On "The Show Goes On"

“There’s nothing really to tell about that record, to be honest. I didn’t have nothing to do with that record. That was the label’s record. That wasn’t like I knew the producer or knew the writer or anything like that. That was one of those records the record company gave me, [they even gave me] stuff they wanted me to rap about. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey I did this and I went to a mountain and found inspiration and it was this.’ [Last April] I was backstage at a show at the House of Blues in L.A. and the president of [Atlantic Records] came to me and said, ‘Hey check this out, I got this song.’ He played ‘Show Goes On’ for me on the iPod. I was used to it because they presented me like ten other songs in the same fashion or via email. So for me, at that point, it was just another record like, ‘Is this a song you want me to do?’ There was nothing special about it for me at that point. It was like, ‘You know we still want off the label, right?’ That was the conversations we were having.

“I did the record maybe a couple weeks after I initially heard it. We were on tour and I didn’t have the schedule to go record it, so the first instance that I had to actually go do it, I went and knocked it out. I knocked out ‘Never Forget You’ that same day. Then we had ‘Show Goes On’ for two, three months completed in some fashion. It was never a record like, ‘Hey! Lupe is super excited about ‘Show Goes On.’’ At that point, I was just drained. I was like, ‘Whatever. Another song, another day, another dollar.’

I had to do ['The Show Goes On'] and it had to be the first single if the record was going to come out.

“I had to do ‘Show Goes On,’ that was like the big chip on the table. I had to do it and it had to be the first single if the record was going to come out. And then there’s ‘Never Forget You’ [featuring John Legend]—which is another record I had nothing to do with—which became another bargaining chip, like, ‘Yo, after ‘Show Goes On’ there’s going to be this other record that you had nothing to do with.’ And I know John Legend, he’s a cool dude. But it was just a record he had sitting around and Exec A or Exec B heard it, and they were like, ‘Oh yeah! We’re going to put this on Lupe.’ And it wasn’t like, ‘Hey Lupe, do you like this song?’ it was like, ‘You got to do this record.’ At that point, I had already done ten records [the same way]. It was like I’d fly out from whatever spot I’m vacationing in, cut these records, and fly back.”

Why He Hates Lasers

“One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I’ll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record—which is something I can’t separate—I hate this album. A lot of the songs that are on the album, I’m kinda neutral to. Not that I don’t like them, or that I hate them, it’s just I know the process that went behind it. I know the sneaky business deal that went down behind this song, or the artist or singer or songwriter who wrote this hook and didn’t want to give me this song in the first place. So when I have that kind of knowledge behind it, I’m just kind of neutral to it like, ‘Another day, another dollar.’ As opposed something like The Cool, which is more of my own blood, sweat, and tears, and my own control. With this record, I’m little bit more neutral as to the love for the record.

When I think about everything that I went through on this record, I hate this album.

“I don’t like the process behind Lasers. The music is dope but I just don’t like the process. We were literally at the point where all this music was done except for a couple songs that we did after the protest. So the bulk of the album was done. And we were talking about shelving the album and going to another label, that’s where we were like, ‘If you put the record out, put it out. Either move on to another album or can it and we’ll do other records at another label.’ The business of it got solved. I’m happy for the fans, this is their album. This is the album that they fought for and that’s what made me do songs like ‘Words I Never Said’ and ‘All Black Everything.’

”The [fans] came and put their lives on the line in some instances—because you never know what could happen, it could have been a stampede. I look at that as very inspiring and motivational. That was one of the only reasons the label got on the phone and wanted to have that meeting, they seen the outpouring of support and the critique that was beginning to mobilize via the Internet. CNN, MTV, and Village Voice was picking up the story of the protest and actually interviewing the kids and the kids was speaking their piece. And it wasn’t the most glorifying things that they were saying. I think that, as well as the pressure of the business itself, where it was at a point like, ‘Look, Lupe is not going to come into the building at all.’ It was periods of stalemate where I wasn’t going into Atlantic Records. I had nothing against the average employees—a lot of those people are my friends—but the executive attitude was something I did not like.

“We were literally going on tour and a lot of the records that are on the album [are songs] that the record company was saying, ‘Hey we don’t like this record, it’s not up to par,’ and we already been performing them for two years. And you got kids who know all the words to a lot of the records that are going to come out because our thing was, ‘Alright, if you’re not going to put it out, we’ll perform it and go on tour.’ For me, there’s always another outlet that can be more meaningful than having a release date. Especially, if an album is coming out and you’re not making no money off of it then what’s the point? How excited can you possibly be? My excitement comes from being on the stage.

The best thing for both parties is for this album to come out. Whether that means everything is cool now, that’s a different story.

“For me, it’s the fans and for them to get a victory and for us to get a release date. That’s all we really wanted the whole time like, ‘Either give us a release date or let us go.’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re not giving you either one of those.’ So it was like, ‘Well, I guess I’ll just go back on tour, go climb a mountain, and busy myself with other things until this stuff gets situated.’ [The value of getting a release date] it depends on what level of education you have in the music business. For some people that’s amazing like, ‘Oh my God! My life is going to change and blah, blah, blah.’ For other people, it kind of means nothing. It’s like, ‘Another album out but the main root of the problem is still unsolved.’ And then there are records you literally had nothing to do with. That was a part of the compromise. Compromise doesn’t mean everybody is going to be happy, it’s just we’re going to do the best thing we can. The best thing for both parties is for this album to come out. Whether that means we’re homies or whether that means everything is cool now, that’s a different story.

On “Words I Never Said”

“Alex Da Kid was trying to work with me for a couple years, as far back as The Cool. He was submitting tracks and different things. And that was the one record that really caught my attention. The hook was already on it with Skylar. The first day I heard it, I went into the studio and recorded it. The song had a bridge we took out because initially, the song was supposed to be about a relationship, like a boyfriend/girlfriend, Drake song or something. And I’m like, ‘Nah, I’m going to talk about world affairs.’ I’ve been talking about [terrorism] since back on Food and Liquor. It’s weird to me that people forget that I had songs called ‘American Terrorist.’ And I’ve been kind of toeing that line whether it be on freestyles or what have you. I’ve always been talking about the same thing, so when people ask me what’s different with this album, I just say the music. The messages on the album, whether they’re little more or less lyrical than their predecessors, I’m basically saying the same things I’ve said on other mixtapes and albums. [The song] is not a big step for me. It’s not me striving to do anything different.”

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Are humans still evolving by Darwin's natural selection?

The most obvious example of this is lactose, the sugar in milk. Some 10,000 years ago, before humans started farming, no one could digest this beyond a few years of age.

But today, the rate of lactose tolerance in different parts of the world is a clue to the different histories of farming across the globe. While 99% of Irish people are lactose tolerant, in South-East Asia, where there is very little tradition of farming, the figure is less than 5%. FULL ARTICLE

Lupe Fiasco - Break The Chain (feat. Eric Turner & Sway)

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (Album Download)

DOWNLOAD HERE i'll review it on twitter as i listen to it

Worst Eyebrows of the Week

Gaddafi 's Son carrying Gun

Saturday, February 26, 2011

CTV News: Dr Srdja Trifkovic deported from Canada

hahahaha look at boris waiting by himself at the airport, what a herb

Quote of the Week

"You were supposed to be opening up for my only girl in the world tour...but I'm demoting U to concession stand @ciara" - Rihanna

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bosh goes 1/18 shooting

Bosh shot 1 out of 18 from the field this evening in Miami's game against Chicago. The worst performance the NBA has seen since 1976 (1/22). I bet Toronto fans are smiling.

Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi is that dude!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The New Knick...

...had 27 point and 10 rebounds in his season debut for the Knicks. Niiiice.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tunisian Girl

Take it til You Make it.

Yo watch this

You see a news story for that hot new Kanye video and you're like that was cool.
and your like cool it had Rhianna and Cudi, Kanye was on a cop car and those effects on the words were DOPE. Kanye is so creative, he's such an ARTIST!

Is he though?
Let's unpack that video

um, first off why is Rhianna almost naked? I know that's her best skill but wasn't Kanye talking about working shit out because "she needs a Daddy"? Where does almost seeing her nipples fit in with that, or cop cars, or a little girl walking to school alone?

Thank Cudi for showing up. What would this video have been without him showing up, contributing nothing to the song but his name and looking very much like Montell Jordan tripping hard on MDMA.

Then there was Kanye. Cop cars? I guess that was relevant but you just stood on it - which I don't take to be metaphorical. I could film a video with Fil on cop cars with some strobes in an alley (no homo).

We all know the coolest part was the intro and outro though. That was creative and made his video interesting and unique. Damn that guy is cutting edge, always setting trends and all that. He's an artist for real.

or is he just a curator?

Monday, February 21, 2011

10 White Rappers You Should Know

The white rapper isn't an unfamiliar character in the music industry; from Eminem, The Beastie Boys, Atmosphere, all the way to Vanilla Ice. However, we stop and look at a rare new breed of white rappers in the hip-hop game. It seems since the Asher Roth era began a flood of white rappers have surfaced throughout the industry, most of which sadly fall under the stereotypical "frat music" genre. We took the time to set aside 10 unique "new school" white rappers you should be watching (and listening). Hit the link for the full article.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Maestro - Stick To Your Vision (Official Video)

The Death of Music

"The music industry is actually down 45% from where it was in 1973" FULL ARTICLE

What Cubans think about Milan Stankovic

some cuban who apparently "met milan stankovic in amsterdam" runs a blog and after some research he had these hilarious things to say about him (it's funny because he was being serious):

Young people across the region establish fan clubs, send him gifts and letters, and imitate his homosexual clothing style and distinctive hairstyle. Girls from his fan group are known as "Sponzoruse".
The excitement around him media and fans call "Milanomania".

Man-Eating Elephant

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kosovo je Srbija

3 years ago Kosovo's criminal government unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The remaining Serbs live in enclaves surrendered by a sea of hostile Albanians. The international community watched with indifference as NATO crippled Serbia's ability to defend itself and enabled the criminal separatists to rip away Serbia's heartland.

If you cringe at these injustices and are interested in becoming a part of the solution please consider joining 28. Jun

Monday, February 14, 2011

You Can Do It!


Quote of the Week

"I know I can score 20 or 30 points anytime I want, but I'm not that kind of a guy. I want to win. I want to play the right way." - Sasha Vujacic

Sasha has never scored 30 points in a game and went 33 months between scoring 20 points, so "anytime I want" is apparently an exceedingly rare occasion.

Butterfly (Rémi GAILLARD)

Chicago Bulls logo upside-down

is a a sad robot on a park bench reading a book

Sunday, February 13, 2011


fuckin hilarious

Pizza (Rémi GAILLARD)

"I just want some noodles"

The Last Words of Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz, although fatally wounded in the abdomen, lasted until 8:30 that Thursday evening. The wound caused massive internal bleeding and an infection, and when lucid he continued to refuse to say who shot him or why. His relatives and friends, including his wife and mother visited him at the hospital throughout the day. As his condition worsened and his fever increased, he began to drift in and out of consciousness, often babbling strange and disconnected phrases such as, "The glove will fit what I say," and "The sidewalk was in trouble, and the bears were in trouble." The authorities kept a stenographer at Schultz's bedside to record every last rambling thought he uttered. Federal agents and police from New York and New Jersey tried in vain to analyze his last words after his death. FULL ARTICLE / FULL TRANSCRIPT OF HIS LAST WORDS

Ballin Outta Control

Hosni Mubarak: Scumbag

The former Egyptian president is accused of amassing a fortune of more than £3 billion - although some suggest it could be as much as £40 billion - during his 30 years in power. It is claimed his wealth was tied up in foreign banks, investments, bullion and properties in London, New York, Paris and Beverly Hills.

In the knowledge his downfall was imminent, Mr Mubarak is understood to have attempted to place his assets out of reach of potential investigators. FULL STORY

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mos Def - Speed Law

Quote of the Week

Asked if he thinks the 68-year-old Sloan was forced out rather than voluntarily resigned because he had run out of energy, Malone reiterated his statement. "I said what I said earlier. The guy I know and love, he don't quit or nothing," Malone said.

Big Moon

Friday, February 4, 2011

Oscar Mayer "Wiener" Ad 1965 in COLOR (THE BEST CLASSIC AD IN THE USA)

Proof Turks are Dirtbags

Fire Breaks out at a restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey and Grandpa With A Prosthetic Leg Gets Left Behind In A Burning Restaurant! (Ppl Go Back To Get Their Bag But Can't Help The Old Dude Out.. Running Over Him)

"Design & Origin of Stars" CD Giveaway

Didn't win the last CD giveaway? Don't worry; we've teamed up with Urbana Poppin' Champaign and are giving my fans another chance to win an exclusive copy of Filip's latest project "Design & Origin of Stars"! Check the link for details on how to win.

Lepa Lukic - Srce je moje violina

Thursday, February 3, 2011



Chris Bosh give your All-Star spot to Kevin Love you Brontosaurus

i know one is in the east and the other is in the west but this is criminal!

Uncontacted Tribes

Peru’s President Garcia has publicly suggested uncontacted tribes have been ‘invented’ by ‘environmentalists’ opposed to oil exploration in the Amazon, while another spokesperson compared them to the Loch Ness monster. In fact, there are more than one hundred uncontacted tribes around the world.

this is crazy read more about them HERE

Wednesday, February 2, 2011