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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Believe Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) is Retiring


In the wake of the latest Chief Keef spat and presumably the foolishness that led to Lasers, Lupe Fiasco threatens to retire.

Here are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t believe the hype.

1. Lupe’s Threatened Retirement Before

Think back three years ago to 2009 (or play the video above.). Coming off the success of

there was no reason to expect things to slow down.

Then Wasulu said the unthinkable. 2 albums in to a stellar career he said the 3rd album would be his last so that he could pursue other things.

Other things that have yet to come to fruition including:

  • naming the 3rd album “lupE.N.D.”
    that turned into LASERS
  • pushing Matthew Santos, GemStones, and Sarah Green
    when’s the last time you heard anything from any of them?
  • giving us CRS (Lupe, Kanye, and Pharell)
    umm…what songs have they done besides Us Placers, Don’t Stop, and Everybody Nose?

Believe you me, I love Lupe’s vision but his execution…not so much lately.

2. The Upcoming Album is Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

With Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 officially available for pre-order on the Warner Music Site and, set for release on September 25th, I’m inclined to believe the album is actually coming out.

The thing about naming something “Part 1″…it implies at least a part 2 in the future.

Despite saying LupE.N.D. is postponed indefinitely canceled, a part 2 means more music from Lupe which means a delay to the so-called retirement.

<- Side Note: Doesn’t that album art piss you off? Lupe took All Black Everything a little too far.

3. Lupe Loves Music

Backtrack to his retirement announcement. If you listen closely Lupe talks about not doing music in the current format. Lupe talks about the business, industry, record label format. He talks about still performing. If that doesn’t sound like going independent, I don’t know what does.

Even after LASERS became what it was, Lupe made it through the promo grind, a tour, and is preparing to release a new album this month. No way you do any of that if you don’t have a love for music.

The only way for him to fight the Chief Keef culture he’s afraid of is to replace it. His greatest vehicle to do so has been music.

As a result, he can’t retire. (At least not until Chief Keef’s 15 minutes are up.)

What do you think? Is this the LupEND? Let us know in the comments and on twitter.