Lupe Fiasco’s first two major label releases, 2006’s Food & Liquor and 2007’s The Cool, were both critically acclaimed triumphs, but when it came time for his third album, the Chicago native seemed to hit a wall.
After a whirlwind of drama including a back and forth battle over the direction of the album between Fiasco and Atlantic Records, fans petitioning for the album to be released, and a handful of false starts and pushed back street dates, Fiasco’s third album, Lasers, finally landed in record stores in the spring of 2011 amid mixed reviews.
While some lauded the album’s thought-provoking material like “Words I Never Said” or “All Black Everything,” other fans panned the album for blatant radio and crossover attempts like the Trey Songz-assisted “Out Of My Head,” and even the lead single “The Show Goes On,” which ended up being the highest charting single of Fiasco’s career thus far, making it to No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Fast-forward four years.
Despite having released two additional full-length albums, some fans still have a bad taste in their mouth from Lasers, so Lupe has decided to make them a deal. The “Adoration of the Magi” rapper recently used Instagram to offer to personally take back and destroy any copies of the album sent to him by fans.
“If you have a physical copy of LASERS that you absolutely hate and wish for it to be rendered nonexistent, then you can send it back to me and I’ll have it destroyed with an actual giant laser and send it into the next world in spectacular grand fashion and we can all get on with life, nice and happy like it never happened. No hard feelings,” Fiasco wrote.
Though he says he personally likes the album, he understands that there is a “myth that it’s one of the worst rap albums ever but sometimes the myth can be stronger than the truth.” He plans to destroy any copies sent to him on New Year’s Day 2016.
In other Lupe news, the 33-year-old rapper just released a new six-track EP titled, Pharaoh Height.