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Lupe Fiasco says that he doesn’t want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 Million

Lupe talked to THE AGE in Australia, mainly discussing the conflicts he is/was going through with his label. Check it out below.

Historically, there has been a conflict between the music Lupe wants to create and the music his label wants him to make.

Lupe: ”It’s less about me being a celebrity, because I guess I’m not really a celebrity,” he says. ”The most difficult part of the music business is the label.”

“What I want to do and what they want me to do – creatively – is in conflict. It doesn’t keep me up at night. I look at it as a challenge. It’s not meant to be easy.”

“There’s a misunderstanding with my fanbase,” he says. ”People [at Warner] feel they know my fans more than I do.

They want me to step out of my comfort zone and step into theirs. I don’t have necessarily the celebrity success they want me to have but it’s more social success and being able to speak at a college about world affairs. That’s a success, to me.

I don’t want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million and perform on every awards show. It’s getting in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem, as opposed to driving a Bentley and putting some chains on.”

Lupe’s third album for Warner, Lasers, was submitted last month. The label has yet to announce a release date. ”It’s an album we both feel comfortable putting out,” Lupe says. ”I’m somebody saying the things that maybe 98 per cent of the music industry is not.”

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