On the heels of the statement “I listen to [Lasers] 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” Lupe Fiasco admits that he feels like he is being held “hostage” by Atlantic Records, the profound rapper told The Chicago Sun Times.
“I was specifically told” — Fiasco chuckled — “‘Don’t rap too deep on this record.’” He laughed some more. “That was a specific order from the top. ‘You’re rapping too fast or too slow, or it’s too complex.’ …
There are consequences and combat that comes from that process and the eventual compromise. With me, though, I’m not writing about someone else. I’m writing about me. This is my life. It’s very personal for me. So for somebody to kind of put their fingers in that and play with that, it becomes more damaging.”
“I am a hostage. I gave them what they wanted. If I didn’t, at the end of the day the album wasn’t coming out.”
It seems like everyone is unhappy with his or her record label.