Lupe Fiasco doesn’t want to deal with the pressure of being relevant. He'd rather play the background.
The Chicago rapper, who drops his Tetsuo & Youth album next Tuesday (Jan. 20), talked about why he's content with being less popular during a Billboard interview.
“I’m much more mature in my representation in public, in the sense of I'm not as relevant as I was before,” he said. “It's kind of that natural irrelevancy that occurs with all artists. I think I had my peak and now I am coming down in relevancy. It's not a sad thing for me.”
Fiasco has no desire to be the “go-to-guy for club songs” or the person on to “speak on all the dumb s**t that’s going around.” He’d rather be known as “that somewhat sophisticated, overly deep weird guy making powerful music — but just two or three degrees away from the center of attention.”
The hot rappers right now are J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and other "new Lupes,” as he called them. “I don't have the same lingo. I don't sip lean or smoke weed. I can't compete with a Wiz Khalifa for the attention of a 12 year old.”
No matter how he feels about sitting at the popular table, Fiasco does enter the fray every now and again. Before he quit Twitter, Fiasco had been in the news for bickering with Azealia Banks and Kid Cudi and defending Iggy Azalea. “You realize, ‘Oh, this is a game. Let's play this controversy-sells game. Let me just engage this fan and have people watch this conversation,’ which is what happened,” he explained of participating in Twitter beef. “My tweet was literally, ‘Iggy Azalea has her place in hip hop,’ which is so open-ended. Half the people are coming at her throat, the other half are supporting, and I'm more in the middle — it's like, I don't even care.”
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