August 7, 2012


Lupe Fiasco on How His New Album Is "Like a Croissant"

On his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (out September 25), the always outspoken Lupe Fiasco continues to redefine the current state of hip hop on tracks like "B*tch Bad," which denounces flippant use of the five-letter word. The Chicago rapper recently chatted with Fuse about the song and what he'd like fans to take away from the new album.

On "B*tch Bad," Lupe was inspired by his younger sisters and how easily influenced kids can be by the music they're listening to: "I'll walk in on [my little sisters] in the house and they'll be on the internet watching something... What if they were watching something provocative? How would that affect them? How would that play out? 'B*tch Bad' came out of that." He continues, "How does the music affect the mind of the young? Do they really grow up thinking these images that they see are what life's about?... I'm not saying that this [song] is a teaching moment... it's just to create that conversation."

Lupe also admits that fans might not get into Food & Liquor 2 right away. The album is more of a slow burn, and that's how he intended it: "Once you give it six, seven listens, it really starts to set in. I like layers... like a croissant or something." Best marketing plan ever. Who doesn't love croissants?

Check out the rest of our interview with Lupe Fiasco, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.