The dude had no choice but to make this record. We all saw the delays that happened when he wasn't playing with the system. He had to play by their rules to make this record come out the way it did. This isn't Lupe's vision, this was the label's vision; they label just used Lupe's voice to try and make it happen, but we all know that s**t isn't gonna trick us into believing that's Lupe's vision. That's why this album is getting the backlash it's getting.
If Lupe would've continued to try doing things his way, we wouldn't have gotten any new album for a LOOONG time, and it just would've left Lupe stranded in his contract even longer. He may as well knock out a bulls**t album to further help fulfill the contractual obligations. I dunno how many albums he owes Atlantic, but he did what he had to do to get one step closer to getting off there.
I haven't heard the album, and I honestly don't expect it to be anywhere near his first two albums, but I understand why he did what he had to do. You can try to stand up for yourself and be an artist, but the big Jews running the labels certainly have way more power in the business than you as an artist can have within yourself. Sad reality, but it is what it is.
This post is just full of WIN.
The signs of him being fed up with the label politics and bulls**t dates back to him wanting to drop LupE.N.D....he has 3 more albums left on his contract with Atlantic so he tried to just knock it all out at once and be done with him but obviously they weren't going to green light that. So I don't blame him or compromising and giving the label somewhat of what they want so he can eventually get what HE wants (off the label, or at least drop a record that's fully him doing him).
This Lasers album may not be Lupe's vision, and was forced to record certain songs on the record but regardless of that, MUSICALLY the album isn't as bad as n*ggas keep making it out to be. Lupe still blesses us with wonderful verses throughout.