Lupe Fiasco’s New Album ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ Will Be “Ratchet”
Lupe Fiasco stopped by Houston’s 97.9 The Box where the Chicago rapper offered his thoughts on the violence problem in his hometown, spoke about a time in his life that he had considered suicide and revealed details on what fans can expect on his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth. While he denied that the album will be a “party album,” he did say the album will be a return to the sound of his pre-Food & Liquor days.
“It’s ratchet ratchet-ness on there.” Lupe said. “But it ain’t nothing new for me…My early records before I got known, you know what I’m saying, before Food & Liquor, when I was first coming up… What I was talking about back then was like ratchet, street, hood, ‘let’s do it’ kinda pieces. And it was like I made the decision not to put that on Front Street initially.”
Also in the interview, Lupe spoke about the time in his life that he suffered from suicidal thoughts.
“I think there was a point in my life where I contemplated it,” Lupe said. “I didn’t attempt it…It’s just one of those stages that everybody go to. And it was funny how many people responded to that where it was like ‘Yo, I feel the same way.’”
Lupe had previously opened up about suicide in a March 2011 interview with The Guardian where he revealed to the British newspaper that he contemplated the act after B.o.B’s “Nothing On You,” a song that was initially offered to him, became an international hit.
“That was the tipping point,” Lupe said. “It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive. I say it with a certain laissez-faire now because I’m past it, but back then, hearin’ that shit, it fucked me up. I was super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal – and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely.”
You can watch the entire interview with Lupe on 97.9 The Box in the video above.