Fans of Lupe Fiasco are none too happy that the Chicago rapper’s forthcoming album, “Lasers,” has no set release date, and they've created an online petition with strong words for his label.
The request already has over 16,000 signatures, and accompanying the petition is a letter to the bigwigs over at Atlantic Records.
“The fans have been waiting for the release for Lupe Fiasco’s album ‘Lasers’ for over a good year now,” the message states. “It has even been stated by Lupe Fiasco…that the album is in fact completed. Enough is enough, we demand that you stop playing around and give us the album that we have been highly anticipating since the release of ‘The Cool.’”
Fiasco first made the announcement about “Lasers” in June 2009, and two singles, “Shining Down,” and “I’m Beamin,” followed. Readying himself for the Asian leg of his “Steppin’ Laser Tour,” the 28-year-old artist sat down with BBC’s DJ Semtex to talk about his reaction to the petition.
“I feel great knowing that I have that kind of support,” he told Semtex on Friday. “Since ‘The Cool’ came out, I been on tour non-stop for, like, three years. Sold-out world tours, and it amazes people. I guess if they don’t hear nothing on the radio or they don’t hear nothing on the internet, I guess they just feel like people fell off.”
But despite what some may think, the "Kick, Push" rapper told DJ Semtex that there is not tension with Atlantic. “[E]ven with all that, shout out to Atlantic Records, shout out to everybody behind the project,” he said. “Ain’t no love lost, no ill will. I think we just both looking at this now like it’s serious.”
It looks like Atlantic Records just may meet those demands; not only is the label retweeting the "WeWantLasers" hashtag, but they also tweeted last week, "#Lasers is coming folks!"
Well I def need more lupe crap, he's the only reason I still have an ipod. I am a Laser
CNN do your thing!
How awesome. It's so cool that people who pull together in the name of MUSIC can still have a voice these days. It's a shame what record labels are doing to artists these days. They see them as nothing more than property. HIP-HOP LIVES!
thanks cnn keep the movement alive
Wow hum dis is dope, CNN is on the movement... WE ARE LASERS nd WE really appreciate the move by the broadcasting network :D
Finally, some much needed nation wide support. thanks!
It's good to see CNN (the real news network) reporting on this matter. Lupe is one of the best MC's out there and deserves to have his album released. The music business as a whole is filled with unoriginal negative cliches and I for one would welcome a new Lupe album.
Woah CNN You did it this time, respect and much love to you.
i been waiting so long for this album thanks cnn for doing this but do us another favor and put it on the news thanks
LASERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! DROP IT NOW!!
THANK YOU CNN!!!!
WE WANT LASERS! This wouldn't be possible without the movement. Shout out to them!
Shout out to Gavin for putting together this piece. Shout out to Lupe for making great music. This album is going to be amazing! I just hope the exects over at Atlantic don't overthink this one. It's already been over a year since this album was introduced. It's simple: if it's good music share it with the people.
massive thanks cnn, everyone at kanyelive and all of lupe's fans have been working very hard for this
cnn for the WIN!
okay.....wow....this is super dope!!!
i have much respect now for cnn! go LUPE!
WoW big ups to CNN and the rest of the Lasers movement. I'm so proud of what was accomplished through out the whole week.
Thanks to the CNN for supporting the issue, we seriously need new material from this incredible genius!
We want lasers!!!!!!!! thank you CNN for posting this can we get this we need this on Air!!!!!
Aaaw, let me find out another Buffaloian see what's up! BTW, thanks CNN for bringing attention to this movement right here! Lupe is the real deal! CNN: Black in America is proof of that! For thse who did not see it....Lupe was featured on it. We are NOT Losers We are LASERS! <3 Love ALways Shines Everytime Remember To Smile :)
Appreciate CNN supporting music that has substance unlike many other media outlets!
WE WANT LASERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
I agree with Ashley, getting this on the main page would be amazing!
Nice to see the support and publicity CNN good to know we aren't falling upon deaf ears in the media unlike in the music industry. Well written and informative article.
Thanks for supporting the movement when most major news networks probably wouldn't. Generation LASERS stand up! Keep the movement going! #WeWantLasers.
Thanks CNN, love Lupe
Thank you CNN for posting this. It would be great if you could make this story a headliner...Lupe is an amazing artist who is not getting the credit he deserves. His music is thought-provoking, creative, and drastically more interesting to listen to than the garbage that floods mainstream radio these days.
WE WANT LASERS!!!!
Thanks CNN, much appreciated!
I told you guys that you're the best news report center by far right? Thanks a lot!
thank you. We would appreciate this on air so much, but thank you for even posting it.
OMFG WE MADE IT!!!! THANKS CNN!
Thank you so much CNN. We really appreciate it.
Is there any way this could go on air or on the front page? Also thanks very much!
Whoa! This is big, hopefully they air this and we officially get a release date.
Thank you so much for giving us a chance to spread this news. Lupe is the most positive musical artist out there. Front page would do wonders.
i feel the same way
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