In a recent article Lupe Fiasco discusses his decision to leave Twitter, and sheds light on his current perspective on himself in the process.
“I don’t want to be relevant today,” he says in the interview. “I don’t want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that’s going around. I’m happy being that somewhat sophisticated, overly deep weird guy making powerful music – but just two or three degrees away from the center of attention. There is a new generation speaking to a new generation, so you have a Kendrick Lamar and a J. Cole and the other people who are the new Lupes. I don’t have the same lingo. I don’t sip lean or smoke weed. I can’t compete with a Wiz Khalifa for the attention of a 12-year old.”
The release of these sentiments seems odd from an artist, especially just days before the release of his newest album Tetsou & Youth which is scheduled to drop on January 20th.
“I’m much more mature in my representation in public, in the sense of I’m not as relevant as I was before,” Lupe Fiasco says in the interview. “It’s kind of that natural irrelevancy that occurs with all artists. I think I had my peak and now I am coming down in relevancy. It’s not a sad thing for me.”
His Twitter departure was then explained in the following quote: “You realize, ‘Oh, this is a game. Let’s play this controversy-sells game. Let me just engage this fan and have people watch this conversation,’ which is what happened,” Lupe Fiasco says. “My tweet was literally, ‘Iggy Azalea has her place in Hip Hop,’ which is so open-ended. Half the people are coming at her throat, the other half are supporting, and I’m more in the middle – it’s like, I don’t even care.”
Is Lupe on to something with his twitter departure, or is it ill timed and unneeded? Read the Billboard article and let us know in the comments or reach out to me on twitter @MajorMason and give me your take on it.