Hacker group Anonymous claims to have pressured Atlantic into giving Lupe Fiasco a release date.
It comes as no surprise that hacker group Anonymous are fans of Lupe Fiasco. The radical collective are known to take action against those who oppose the right to free speech, often taking similar political stands to the outspoken emcee -- their latest target being Lupe's own label, Atlantic.
Lupe has had plenty of issues with his record company, generally having trouble releasing music how and when he wants to. His latest tiff with Atlantic came earlier this week, when he revealed that the label was not willing to put out his record until he released a "pop single".
Luckily, Anonymous decided to step in and help out, threatening Atlantic on Twitter, and suggesting that they would "launch a direct attack against your website, your associates, and your executives" if a release date for Fiasco's album was not released immediately.
Sure enough, later that day, Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth finally got an official release date. Lupe later tweeted out a simple "V" in recognition of the group's efforts; the symbol being a reference to Anonymous' use of Guy Fawkes' image, also seen in the graphic novel and film, V For Vendetta.
Read both a statement from anonymous and the tweets below. Coincidence or nah?
24 hours ago we released a short Twitter ultimatum. We called upon record label Atlantic Records, responsible for releasing conscious rap artist Lupe Fiasco’s long awaited Album. We demanded a statement from the label within 24 hours to release a date or we would unleash the complete and utter fury of our collective on their company and executives. 21 hours later they released a short Tweet citing the album and it’s release date.
At this time it can be concluded that we have proved our point. We wish music that is educating the masses to keep being released. We will fight for that. Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common and others are the moving force behind conscious rap. This is music we will fight for.
@AtlanticRecords: If you do not comply, we will launch a direct attach against your website, your associates, and your executives.— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 15, 2014
V— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) October 16, 2014