(AllHipHop News) Lupe Fiasco finally received a release date for his upcoming album Tetsuo and Youth. The project is now scheduled to hit stores January 20, 2015. It has been over a year since Lupe announced the album, but issues with his label Atlantic Records apparently kept the LP on the shelf.
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So what pushed the company to finally set a date for Tetsuo and Youth? The hacktivisit group Anonymous is claiming credit for the move. Anonymous’ used its Twitter account to threaten Atlantic – release Lupe’s album or face the wrath of online hackers.
@AtlanticRecords: If you do not comply, we will launch a direct attach against your website, your associates, and your executives.
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 15, 2014
Hours later Atlantic announced a date for Lupe’s project. It may have been a coincidence, but according to Anonymous, their threat played a major role in the announcement. They released the following statement:
Citizens of the World and lovers of conscious music
We are Anonymous.
24 hours ago we released a short Twitter ultimatum. We called upon record label Atlantic Records, responsible for releasing conscious rap artist Lupe Fiasco’s long awaited Album. We demanded a statement from the label within 24 hours to release a date or we would unleash the complete and utter fury of our collective on their company and executives. 21 hours later they released a short Tweet citing the album and it’s release date.
At this time it can be concluded that we have proved our point. We wish music that is educating the masses to keep being released. We will fight for that. Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common and others are the moving force behind conscious rap. This is music we will fight for.
Operation Atlantic, Operation Free Lupe; disengaged.
We are Anonymous.
Never cease to expect us.