Lupe Fiasco has revealed that he fell into a deep depression during the recording of his forthcoming album, Lasers. The depression was so serious that the Chicago rapper contemplated suicide.
Lupe cites his battle with his record label, Atlantic, over the direction of the album as contributing to his depression in an revealing interview with Details.
…When Fiasco submitted his first Lasers tracks two and a half years ago, his label, Atlantic, rejected them as not commercial enough, according to Darrale Jones, his A&R rep. “I don’t know how to do what Kanye does,” Fiasco says matter-of-factly. “I don’t have that Midas touch.” A creative clash ensued: Atlantic froze his production budget. Fiasco asked to be released from his contract. The label refused. By his own account, Fiasco descended into a deep funk. On “Beautiful Lasers,” one of the album’s standout songs, he raps over a reverberating gothic beat: “If you feel like you don’t want to be alive, you feel just like I am.” Did he really contemplate suicide? “To keep from killing somebody else,” he says. “The creation of Lasers was a very painful, dark, fu*cked-up process.”
Lasers is due out in stores on March 8th.