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Lupe Fiasco Explains Only Getting Paid For 11 Records & History With Jay Z


(AllHipHop News) Lupe Fiasco has been working on his next album Tetsuo & Youth for a few years. The Chicago emcee is now currently in the process of narrowing down which songs will make the final tracklist.

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Speaking with Skee Live, Lupe explains that he has to cut the project down to eleven tracks because his label will only pay him for that number of songs.

“I only get paid for eleven records,” says Lu. “There’s a cap on your royalties where the record label only pays you for eleven records, and in my position anything over eleven records is not just free, it actually pulls money out of my royalties.”

Lupe also gives shout outs to other rappers Ab-Soul and Big K.R.I.T., and in another segment he discusses his history with Jay Z.

“Jay the homie. I was going to sign to Roc-A-Fella like in 2002-2003,” states Lupe. “I just built this rapport with Jay. Being able to go to Baseline [Studios] and see him put together joints like The Black Album and be a part of that, give him joints for that. So he’s always been in the mix. Not so much the past couple of albums, the past few years. Still the homie though.”

Jay Z was credited as an executive producer on Lupe’s first studio LP Food & Liquor. He appeared on the song “Pressure” off the album as well.

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Watch Lupe Fiasco’s interview below.


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  • Spirit Equality

    What does he mean by saying he gave Jay “joints” for “The Black Album”? Is he saying he was ghostwriting for Jay then?

    • Celz

      Prolly just helpin him bounce ideas.. I can rap but I’m not a rapper so my boy likes to bounce ideas off me when he’s in the studio even though he doesn’t need my help

      • Twonpass

        makes sense

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        i dont know man, Jay will hear your song and then ask you for it…. kanye made that clear a few times. there have been a few songs from kanye’s first 2 albums that never made it to kanyes albums because Jay bought em and kept some of the lyrics but changed some.

      • Celz

        Real spit.. He did that with Eminem on Renegade.. I love Royce but Jay made a great song into a classic.. The Royce Em version did not sound like the original..

        When you’re in the studio a good idea is a good idea.. When you look at credits there are always a few extra random dudes on songs..

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        word, i used to try and figure out who wrote what part. you barely ever see a rappers name by itself when reading the liner notes and credits.

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  • I don’t understand this 11 track statement, this most be based on how “his” deal/contract is setup.

  • eastcoastboast

    he wrote allure

  • 5% Hov

    HAHAHA foh Lupe.

    Fake ass Muslim. Where the concious rappers? Nas the only real nigga left.

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  • Universe Sal

    DROGAS means DRUGS in espanol(Spanish)