CNN Interviews Lupe Fiasco on His New Album, Politics and More

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By: / August 8, 2012

Lupe Fiasco’s rap album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, is definitely on the way!

In an interview with CNN, the skateboarder and rapper revealed details about the album, shared more of his views on politics and discussed the tiff involving himself and Pete Rock.

“We’re September 25. I think we’re solid in that date. I don’t necessarily think there’s going to be a need for an uproar,” he said referencing the movement his fans started in 2010 which resulted in them storming the offices of Atlantic Records to demand that his Lasers album be released.

He went on the discuss what is to be expected of the project. ” It’s meant to tell the great American experience, touch on my ideas, my very rough, very unfinished, unpolished thoughts and feelings about America: American history, American culture, American society, American beauty, American food. You’ll see that laced throughout the album.”

The Chicago rapper also delved into his battle with Pete Rock over his use of the track “T.R.O.Y.” “It definitely wasn’t like, ‘Hey, I’m going to steal that, and nobody’s going to know.,’ ” he said. “The original “T.R.O.Y.” came out in 1992, and it was like a 20th anniversary kind of thing. All of those intentions were there for it to be resurrecting a classic for a new generation. I tried to honor it. Of course, there was homage being paid, but certain logistics of the record didn’t go through as (Pete) wanted, and then his backlash, and then my explanation, and then there was supposed to be a public kind of mending of the situation on his behalf, which didn’t occur.

Elaborating on his remarks toward Obama, in which he called him the “biggest terrorist,” he revealed that it is the government as a whole that he referred to, not just Obama. “I think that American presidents, that position in itself, as well as American foreign policy, it has terrorism in it. CIA agents going to overthrow certain governments — they’re using terrorist tactics,” he said. “They’re not going in there like, ‘Hey, you wanna have some cake? I don’t think it’s being unpatriotic. This nation was founded by rebels and revolutionaries, and its flags were carried across the battlefields by people who were very, very against the status quo and who questioned and criticized. I think it’s following that tradition, but I think we’re in very sensitive times.”

The album, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 drops Sept. 25th and will be followed by a sequel in the beginning of 2013.