Lupe famously clashed with his record label, Atlantic/Warner Bros. in the run-up to his 2011 album, Lasers, as explained in this interview with the Chicago Sun Times. "I am a hostage," Fiasco said. "I gave them what they wanted. If I didn't, at the end of the day the album wasn't coming out... I was specifically told, 'Don’t rap too deep on this record.' That was a specific order from the top. 'You’re rapping too fast or too slow, or it’s too complex.' … 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."
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