Lupe Fiasco reflects on "Kick, Push" and talks about his new album on SKEE Live.
"Kick, Push" may be the single that brought Lupe Fiasco to solo fame, but that doesn't mean the song didn't have a few haters. Reflecting on the single on SKEE Live, the rapper addresses a lack of support from the skateboarding community during the song's initial run on radio.
âThere was some very insecure skaters, Tony Hawk not being one of them, fortunately, who just felt like I was trying to encroach on their territory when I really did the song as a tribute for aÂ skate shop,â said Lupe.Â "It was never supposed to be a single--never meant to be a single. It was for a skate shop called Uprise for a skate DVD and then it just took a life of its own. But when youâre the first through the wall, you always get a little bloody. Then it paves the way for theÂ Lil Wayneâs and the other people to kind of come in and capitalize on the culture even 10 times more than I did. From there all theÂ way up until now, I always try and make things that Iâm personally attached to, that have a personal vibration with me that I feel are real and honest and wherever that takes me. So whether thatâs skateboarding orÂ having a grandmother that passed away from cancer and homies that are fighting it right now to make a song likeÂ âMission,â itâs all in the same boat.âÂ
Lupe also goes on to discuss his new album, which he claims will only have 11 tracks.
âI only getÂ paid for 11 records,â he says. "Thereâs a cap on your royalties where you only get paid, the record label only pays you for 11 records and in my position, anything over 11 records is notÂ just free, like,Â âOh, youâre just doing extra joints.â It actually pulls money out of my royalties. So,Â every time I do likeÂ The Cool,Â you do 19 records, youâre getting banged.Â Thatâs whyÂ [Nasâ]Â IllmaticÂ only has like 10 songs because back inÂ the day itâs like,Â âYouâre only paying me what? OK.Â Then Iâm only giving you this.ââ
How's everyone feeling about the new sound Lupe's taking on this release?