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Lupe Fiasco Laments Further About Music Industry

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lupe fiasco laments about music industry

Earlier this week, Lupe Fiasco went on the record and talked negatively about his new album and the music industry, without seeming to care AT ALL about how his record label might react.

In what appears to be another moment of despair, Lupe has opened up further about his lack of enthusiasm for the music industry, despite the fact that his new album was JUST released.

Here's what he had to lament say about the music industry:

"To be blunt, I don't really give a [crap]. 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."

More from Lupe on the music industry's lack of creativity:

"I’m guilty of it, too. Hip-hop today — talking solely about the commercial space — it’s the same producers, sound, over and over again. The artist with that particularly poppy song is given the first look as opposed to that ethereal, weird artist with the brand-new music."

"The person who wins Best New Artist is this really abstract left bass player, [b]ecause it’s about who’s making music, who’s making something different. Justin Bieber sounds just like everybody else, to be honest. He’s the homie; he’s dope. But he’s no different than Sean Kingston, Usher."

We certainly agree that creativity is important, and we're sure there's room for improvement, but we don't think complaining like this is the most productive way to address the issue.

…Plus, you're certainly not making any new friends in the industry by speaking like this, Lupe.

Just sayin'!


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25 comments to “Lupe Fiasco Laments Further About Music Industry”

  1. 1

    He's right everyone does sound the same and unless he is planning to collaborate with JB, Usher, or Sean Kingston than his statement is fine. How many rap artist haven't called out other artists for their lack of creativity. Look at Eminem he started his career calling out artists so why is it wrong if Lupe does the same thing. It's not like he's dissing them in his music and making a profit out of it. Personally I don't see anything wrong with his opinion.

  2. 2

    Excuse me Mario but did you read the same quote I did? I don't think Lupe is complaining but rather telling the truth about the music industry. There's been many upcoming talented artist but they don't make squat because the music execs take it all away. We tend to think the artist do because of their flashy attire but that's far from the truth. Mainstream music keeps producing the same thing over and over again just like his Justin, Usher, and Sean K comment. If it makes them money they'll keep producing a newer fresh version of it but it's actually all the same thing.

  3. 3

    Perez Lupe is such an amazing artist but most importantly he's from the chi and if u can't say what u really feel in chicago ur gonna get trampled. I would b mad to if i was nominated for a grammy and didnt have any money to show for it!!!

  4. 4

    I believe the truth should be told. Im sure he would like to see change in the industry and if more truths come out, than maybe it can be changed.

  5. 5

    not everybody's worried about being every other celebrity's friend………..some people say what's on their mind, they mean it and don't take it back - none of which applies to you pole patter…………

  6. 6

    He makes a very valid point.

  7. 7

    He is right

  8. 8

    Speak the truth! He's not wrong by any means. And at least he has the guts to come out and say it, cause you know he's not the only artist out there thinking it.

  9. 9

    Would you rather see him ass-licking like yourself and many others? Hes being honest and telling the truth, aint nothing with that.

  10. 10

    Perez, you've never listened to a Lupe song have you? He's more talented than Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye, and all the other rappers you suck up to COMBINED, and he doesn't have to resort to gimmicks or petty tabloid headlines for his artistry *cough*

    And he is absolutely correct.

  11. 11

    He is completely right. While I am a fan of the "poppy" i have no problem admitting the formulaic generic aspect of it all. He certainly is not "complaining" but rather pointing out that the current music industry is more about a desperation for a hit and relying on producers (rather than the artists themselves to get there). Gaga, Bieber, Perry, etc. rely more on an image/gimmick than they do their actual talents to gain success. I've seen Lupe in concert and know the amount of effort and creativity he puts in his shows. It is innovative, genuine, and stripped down. He doesn't need to rely on a haircut or living in an egg to stand out. I am just glad he had the balls to call out what is so wrong in music today. (Here's looking at you Ke-dollar sign-ha!).

  12. 12

    yeah this makes sense because the music industry DEFINATELY changed. lupe is an amazing artist. but i also feel its how YOU make it out to be. if he had his own label he wouldnt be "complaining"

  13. 13

    Maybe it's because he has not "Sold Out" He probably want's to speak his mind in his music, but can't.It's all controlled media.He has no control what beat's/song he want's to play. All who reads this please go to
    www.zeitgeist.com to learn more!

  14. 14

    He's got a point. Much respect to him being able to communicate efficiently his thoughts without the need of a "PC" PR statement. Talent today is always trying to remain linear and we need more people to move a bit to the curve and be honest for a change.

  15. 15

    Perez you are so stupid to say you "don't think complaining is productive" HOW ELSE DO YOU ADDRESS A PROBLEM?. . . OSMOSIS? or just wait for some random person to read you mind . . . GEEEEEZ

  16. 16

    I love JB and Usher and all those other artists, but that does not take away from the fact that he's 100% right. He's not "lamenting" or "complaining" by any means.. he's stating facts and is giving his OPINION. Yes, he's entitled to one of those too, the same way you are. Give him credit, he's telling it how it is, something i'm sure many artists are too afraid of doing themselves.

  17. 17

    Personally I don't see anything wrong with the music industry and why everyone keeps complaining about it. But I support Lupe cause he's from my home town. Go Chi-town!!!!!!!

  18. 18

    The flavor of the Month Kid Cudi said it best:"The Music Industry is like WWF Wrestling, It's so fake.

  19. 19

    Re: Biebers #1 Fan – Look at your name. Of course you're not going to see anything wrong with it.
    Its all the same.
    The same beat. Everything.
    I love rap music, but I can't stand mainstream and current day rap music.
    Lil Wayne makes my skin crawl, Nikki Minaj is awful.
    The only rap I listen to thats sorta mainstream is Common, and thats because he doesn't rap about bull.

  20. 20

    i have respect for lupe but if he is going to talk about originality isnt it a little like the pot calling the kettle black? I mean he took the melody from "Float On" by Modest Mouse and changed the lyrics to make "The Show Goes On"

    Also in what world does justin bieber or usher sound like sean kingston?

  21. 21

    FINALLY, Somebody saids what everyone else is thinking… "THE WORDS I NEVER SAID". Lupe is one of the best out there right now and the last of rappers who actually say some real stuff.

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  23. 23

    Re: Biebers #1 Fan

    Again "STATE RUN RADIO"… give it a listen

  24. 24

    nilla The XBase-09 is serious about emulating the Roland TR-909. Like the 909, it is an analog drum machine, and it sounds just like the 909, lupe fiascos album sounds so much better

  25. 25

    first off, @kbeezy here's lupe's words about "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.’ […] 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."

    secondly, he is absolutely 100% right. perez you're a sycophant. an a-list celebrity lap dog. you're not a musician but for someone that knows musicians you should have a mild understanding of how the industry works and be a little more open minded towards artists who speak their mind without the worry of upsetting another celebrity. you look at things ass backwards. the truth might hurt but in no way is it an insult to anyone.