As recently as a few weeks ago, Lupe Fiasco was sad. His album Lasers was finally coming out after a long and contentious battle with his record label, Atlantic, and all that pent-up aggression was spilling out during the promotional cycle. Speaking to Vulture, Lupe let it all go: “To be blunt, I don’t really give a fuck. I’ve grown very distant from the business, very numb to it … I don’t really care about the success anymore. I don’t really care about the fame. Three, four years later, I look at my bank account statements, and I haven’t made any money with my record label. You start to think a little bit differently about your motivations and why you’re doing what you’re doing.” Now, though — with Lasers selling 204,000 copies in its first week and topping the Billboard “Hot 100,” as expected — Lupe isn’t sad anymore. He got on Twitter to disjointedly express his appreciation for the accomplishment, referencing his suicidal thoughts and the fan protests that were held outside the Atlantic offices for Lasers’ release, and Rap Radar helpfully threaded the tweets together:
every year we do better, steady on the rise, the tears for lost ones weigh heavy on the eyes, dita sunny’s, gold prezzy, twin turbo chevy fo’ a ride of course, from the backseats of phantoms i thought of leaving thru suicide doors, love got me thru it, best fans ever made the whole world care, had 51st & 6th looking like Tahrir Square! apologize for dumbing it, but look what has become of it, “All Black Everything” some old white southern woman humming it, Took Gaza Strip’s Politics and put them number one and shit, took the myth that concious dont equal commercial and mothafuckin pummeled it! weapons for the weak, lessons for the meek, the too proud to beg, and the too poor to speak, the too smart to listen, and the too dumb to teach, two sides to every story so i listen to both speak, shout 2 all the dj’s, who gave a nigga replays, @fakeshoredrive @rapradar & the whole internet space, U put it online I put it in they face, and there it will remain, for atleast another week, right at number 1, hahaha yeah nigguh, stay strong Japan, Nate Dogg REST IN PEACE!!!
The lesson here? Next time you have a friend who’s down in the dumps, maybe try to get their embattled album to debut at No. 1?
Lupe Fiasco Reacts To First #1 Debut [RapRadar]