Lupe Fiasco has long been blunt with his opinions, but the Chicago MC will be even more "straight forward" on his forthcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth, he recently revealed in an interview with L.A.'s Power 106 radio station.
Fiasco opened up first with his thoughts on the mixed reception of Kanye West's Yeezus, and whether or not he faces a similar uphill battle. "Nah, I don't think so" he said, adding that, for example, Ye's "Black Skinhead," which he co-produced, though it may have been misunderstood, is part of a bigger picture.
"I still don't know what 'Black Skinhead' is though," he said, laughing. "It's a lot of emotional ... a lot of cliché, a lot of stuff kinda balled in together, but — and it's supposed to be presented as a package — 'Ye has his plans."
Continuing to contrast Yeesuz with Tetsuo & Youth, Fiasco assured that the project won't be as open for interpretation. "I've always been conceptually progressive, but at the same time, too, making it simple enough for you to understand exactly what I'm talking about from the time that you hear it."
Among the simplified cuts is Fiasco's drug commentary on "Crack," featuring Chris Brown. "People are like 'Yo, how could you make a song about crack?' Well why not?" he asked.
"People smoke crack and it's a problem, it's not a problem, some people love it, some people hate it. I'm just gonna present it to you in a format where, 'Hey, this song is about smoking crack,' and how you deal with that is how you deal with it. Does it make you wanna go fight an anti-drug campaign? Does it make you wanna go smoke crack? Does it build you up as a crack dealer, does it tear you down as a crack dealer? I don't know, I don't really care, but I'm gonna make a song about smoking crack called 'Crack.'"
Later in the interview, the Grammy-winner also addressed his "SLR 2" rebuttal to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse. "For me it's not like a big deal," he said. "It wasn't more directed at the response for 'Control.' It was directed at the wave that 'Control' made, where it tried to make everybody else obsolete."
Maintaining that he has no beef with Lamar, Fiasco advised the Compton rapper not to get ahead of himself. "You have to be careful when you're coming into the game and throwing shots. You gotta go through us," he said, listing a "gauntlet" of battle-tested rappers.
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