POLL: Should Lupe Fiasco Retire?

Like the boy who cries wolf, many rappers have threatened to retire, only to emerge with new music after a brief break. Still, there’s always the chance that one stubborn MC will actually make good on his threats and hang up the mic for good. When asked about rumors that he wanted to retire after his next album, Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco had this to say:

“I’m kind of 85% sure. I love music, I love performing, I love my fans, but I don’t like recorded music. I don’t like record labels and I don’t like the industry. It’s such an unfair deal; it wears and tears on you. It’s not that I’m scared of work, but that work starts to eat away at you and you need to start to make the decision about how you’re going to proceed. At a certain point, you’re going to have to kind of concede to the darker side of doing business to really succeed or you’re going to have to make that song you really don’t feel that you should be making to achieve a certain level of success. It’s like growing up and really looking at the purpose of life and meaning of life and realizing that this is really minuscule in comparison to everything else. Recorded music is the worst, the absolute worst next to probably slavery. In a lot of respects, it can amount to just that.”

Given his frustrations, we wanted to find out how the fans would feel if Lupe decided to call it quits after the follow-up to The Cool drops. Well, according to the results of our poll, 68% of you responded “No! Hip-hop needs him!” They like you Lupe. They really like you! Check out the full results below and don’t forget to vote in our weekly polls on the homepage.

Should Lupe Fiasco retire after his next album, as he’s been threatening to do?

1. No! Hip-hop needs him! 68%

2. Who is Lupe Fiasco again? 14%

3. He’s had a good run, why not. 9%

4. He should retire right now. 8%

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    1st wit it but yeahhhhh Lupe should stay, da man is a great artist, hez a wizard hip hop kid, he just says stuff that takes you probably the rest of the album to even catch on to lol

  • moresickaMC

    At least most rap fans still have their heads on staright. We need balance in the game and Lupe Fiasco is for those who dont just want to “shake their tail” every second. You can actually sit down and listen to his album

  • moresickaMC

    ^^
    straight

  • Chocolate Rain

    He should just release independent albums online and bypass the label bullsh*…he has a strong fanbase anyway, he will make more money

  • og bobby j

    I bet if people cared enough to buy his shit then he would stay. I dont give a shit either way, they are entertainers.

    • Cassius

      Exactly

      He could go the independent route like most others

      Digital labels are starting to emerge also; Look into that

  • Trev-O-Negative

    I think lupe actin like a big baby personally, u suppose 2 do it 4 da love not a paycheck. In it’z infantcy most rapped 4 da sake uv puttin out music. I do music and @ this stage alot uv ppl think i should quit cuz i been doin it 4 a long time & i’m basically jus payin money 2 do whut i love,but wouldn’t stop 4 nething cuz i know eventually sum1 will hear it & it will change their life.

  • louroc

    who cares

  • T-SLEAZY

    fuck him im not hating,shit i dont know how tight his shit is…..all im saying is know ones that big to threaten to retire i mean its his money that hes wanting to leave behind…. music is my key to a great day i love the shit and i dont have any problem finding shit i like so on that note see ya fuckin later ass clown go pop a weely on your skateboard or huff some paint or what eva the fuck little light weight girl talkin fags do ((threaten)) get the hell out of here go hang out with bow wow!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/deandresurrellthegreat deandre surrell

    u aint even did shit…….niggas aint even gion quadruple platinum and talkn about retirement.

    u c big and pac was da general of da coasts…and once the east coast general died and da west coast general fakd his death….the rap game start makn music like they head was cut off…

    but u know what…ima thro hip-hop a suprise party…im real proud of hip-hop…ima invite everybody to da party….lol,lol,lol,…im jus livn it…..

    • Chris S

      first off, nobody understood a word you just said.

      second, 2pac and notorious had nothin to do with this article so don’t throw their names in your post to make it look like you know what you’re talkin about.

      and third, by the looks of it, your intellegence level is probably around young berg’s or lil’ boosie’s level so you shouldn’t even bother trying to listen to lupe.

      • http://www.myspace.com/deandresurrellthegreat deandre surrell

        a cris while u hatn on me and criticizn
        my life….im gettn my credit score up…

  • Rockcity

    Before u all judge so quick,I think u need to realize that this game is not meant to be played forever, If he feel like he cant handle this business, then no matter how much he loves it or how good he is, he shouldn’t be here, of course I dnt think he should quit but I dnt know what he is going through and neither do any of u. He has been in the game for a long time and it really dnt seem to b poppin off for him like dat. If I was him I would do some independent shit, he does have fans so his name is already out there,Fuck the labels and take another approach damn u cant give up after 3 albums. The mofo’s that need to quit tryna stay in the game as long as they can aint that a bitch.

  • REESE

    NO!! HIP-HOP NEEDS LUPE.

    BUT IF HE FEELS HE CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE THEN HE SHOULD STEP DOWN.

    I WOULD HATE TO SEE LUPE FORCE HIS WORK.

    THAT JUST WOULDN’T BE LUPE.

    THE MIXTAPE TRILOGY WAS HOT.

    LUPE FIASCO’S: FOOD AND LIQUOR WAS AMAZING.

    LUPE FIASCO’S: THE COOL WAS AN AMAZING CONCEPT AND A LYRICAL STEP-UP. (WHICH IS SAYING A LOT SEEING THAT HIS LYRICS WERE ALREADY SICK!)

    THE NEXT ALBUM AND SUPPOSEDLY THE LAST:

    L.U.P.END.

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT ONE.

  • Flymasta

    1) HE’S NOT DOING IT 4 THE PAYCHECK HE’S “RETIRING” BECAUSE OF THE INDUSTRY PEOPLE ARE SHADY.

    2)ALOT OF PPL LIKE HIM BUT THEY BOOTLEG HIS SHIT WHY SHOULDN’T HE RETIRE THIS INDUSTRY IS TAINTED

    3) IF HIS ALBUM DOESN’T GET A XXL HOW MANY PPL ARE GOING TO FLIP OUT ABOUT THIS

  • http://XXLMAG SOUTHSIDE LONDON

    HE AINT SAID NUTHIN THAT AINT BEEN HEARD,MY DUDE IF YOU QUIT SO WHAT ITS PLENTY OF BRADAS THAT WANT THAT SHINE…THIS RAP SHITE DONT STOP NO MATTER WHAT COAST,WHILE YOU SITTING ON THE SIDELINE WITH YOUR ARMS FOLDED,LADS IN THE GAME ARE MAKING DOUGHSKY…CHEERIO

  • P-Sleazy

    yo you motherfuckers need to buy a spell check or something because you don’t make any goddamn sense. at least use a period or some shit. i’m no scholar but you dummies need to go back to school and learn grammar. by the way, Lupe Fiasco is what the streets need right now. and no i’m no white dude trying to be hard on this message board. chunk up the deuce, bitch

  • WattStacks

    Yo imma be pissed if lupe retires because hes tha best new lyricist out in tha game and all these otha new rappers cant spit to save their life. If he goes then soon the Jay-Zs, Nases, Biggies, Pacs will be forgotten and rap will be garbage.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    Lupe needs to hit up an indie like koch or start his own label if he hates dealing with labels.

  • Mr.Wang

    1st off fuck da Lupe haters.

    My nigga Lupe is better than half the fake ass thugs in the rap game. The man is real and creative and like Jay-Z said a genius.

    I got both his albums and I can’t complain.

  • Lil P 412

    no dont retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO DONTTTTTTTTTT
    RETIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HIP HOP NEEDS U!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO DONT DO IT DONT DO IT!!!!!!

    U TOO GOOD AT RAPPIN AND MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Luc Rules!

    Lupe Fiasco has to keep rapping hes one of the only people who is keepin it breathing. The Cool is so sick it could be better than Graduation and/or American Gangster. Definately better thatn curtis that shit sucked!

  • $H@KIM @LL@H

    I undastand why Lupe is considering retiring after his 3rd album, cuz what he said about the industry is so true. He also said that 3 albums is enuff 2 say what he’s gonna say. Personally, I don’t want him to retire cuz he is the lil ounce that is real hip-hop left and if he leaves all we are gonna hear is more ass shakin musik and there aren’t gonna be anymore real hip-hop artists in the mainstream anymore!!!

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    Flymasta says:

    1) HE’S NOT DOING IT 4 THE PAYCHECK HE’S “RETIRING” BECAUSE OF THE INDUSTRY PEOPLE ARE SHADY.

    2)ALOT OF PPL LIKE HIM BUT THEY BOOTLEG HIS SHIT WHY SHOULDN’T HE RETIRE THIS INDUSTRY IS TAINTED

    3) IF HIS ALBUM DOESN’T GET A XXL HOW MANY PPL ARE GOING TO FLIP OUT ABOUT THIS

    ^^co-sign on dat, but yea, FUCK MAINSTREAM RAP, its gettin old and repeative(Can’t spell it) and the only rappers R doin Mainstream now is GARBAGE people who like to floss, and do the same azz dance hits.

    I think Mainstream should rap club hits, and rappin about garbage and flossin, and REAL HIP-HOP should rap about streets(and a good way) and whats goin on in life.

    Oh yea, I think Gangsta rap should come back too, but keep it underground.

    REAL HIP-HOP>>GANGSTA RAP>>>>>>>>MAINSTREAM RAP
    one

  • http://www.myspace.com/evenoddsob D.E.O. of EVENODDS

    Lupe is hot!!! Dumb it Down is one of the hottest songs period! But The Cool wasn’t Food and Liquor.. It was a solid album, but he went waaaay left field on niggaz.. production wise though.. He will forever torch a mic.. he just needs better production CHOOSING skills.. or stuck with the formula for Food and Liquor..

  • eqpayne

    I don’t want Lupe to stop. To tell you guys the truth he is one of the best lyricist out in the game. I know he is not Nas or Jay Z but he is a great asset to hip hop. I understand why he is considering to stop making music. Why should he make music that he doesn’t even listening to? It will suck to see him walk away from the game. Food and Liquor was crazy and The Cool is even better, his lyrics have step up. The man is creative and a lyrical genius. What I think is messed up is how artist who are trash on the mic sell more Lupe. What has hip hop come to where you have to come up with a fuckin dance in order to sell. If he leaves than hip hop will become a joke.

  • nellz

    As long as the nigga keep droppin classic mixtapes….I’ll b good…WHERE THAT LUPE REVIEW???…

  • ray durdy

    Man Lupe is the truth! Emcees are hard to find already so to lose a young prospect would be disasterous to hip hop. With music the way it is, I can barely believe that a lable would alow an artist to express themselves the way Lupe has on his latest LP. This alone should show him that he can do his music the way he feels period…or if Im wrong then nice knowing ya Lu!

  • Y-Style

    Lupe is one of the most itelligent rappers out there. Along with Talib Kweli, Common and Papoose, he’s a rapper with substance, and let’s not forget, clever wordplay(which is why we’re all in this anyway). Let me demonstrate how powerful a lyricist he is. Prior to “kick,push” I never knew much about skateboarding and didnt think of it as something astonishingly great. Dont get me wrong, where I grew up, we were into different things like soccer and pool and stuff. So I never really had much exposure. When I found out he made a song about Skateboarding, I wasnt exactly thrilled, however it all changed when I heard the track. His ability to portray his passion for it was outstanding, and he has the lyrical skill to make it a classic.
    He shouldn’t quit. We still need him.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Tyreece Rowell

    No he shouldn’t retire. Besides the veterans like Nas, Jay-Z, and Common; he’s the best hip-hop has to offer. Both of his CD’s were the best sense blueprint.

  • iLLMaTiC619

    Lupe is one of my new fav emcees…My fav is Nas and Ive been a fan of hip hop since ’85 wit Run Dmc..Lupe’s Food and Liquor, The Cool and Street Smart cdman they all fucking tight! His beats and flows are abstract and have more substance than 98% of the emcees in the game today. It shows he got skillz also cuz his influnces are Jay and Nas..If he tired of the label or industry he should go independent or do mix cd’s..Lupe fan fo life!

  • iLLMaTiC619

    Lupe is one of my new fav emcees…My fav is Nas and Ive been a fan of hip hop since ’85 wit Run Dmc..Lupe’s Food and Liquor, The Cool and Street Smart cdman they all fucking tight! His beats and flows are abstract and have more substance than 98% of the emcees in the game today. It shows he got skillz also cuz his influnces are Jay and Nas..If he tired of the label or industry he should go independent or do mix cd’s..Lupe fan fo life

  • ritz bitz

    naw yo lupe cnt retire i fukin luv him im a big fan…his songz jus touch u i relate to dem all the time…i love superstar..[remindz me of myself]lol but den u got to sunshine reminds me of a frend….i gotcha…is jus mah catchy…..i jus luv it n now the co0lest…is da shyt….

  • Cherry Noxx

    Lupe Fiasco shuld stay. He cant retire now, he has just started out!! If his 1st and 2nd albums were soo hot , im sure he’s got so much more to give. He’s tracks are just too deep. He really knows how to get a person thinking…

  • YoW

    yo lupe is da truth word 2 ya mutha.

  • ghetto gov

    im glad most of yall voted no on this one yall know somethin about hip hop this dude is the most creative rapper to come in the new millenium not the best song writer but he aint gon stop he can go independent and release mixtapes his the most lyrical like pa wit dat midwest flow and im in the mitten so i rep it too better i know ill never stop..hit my link if you wann hear some heat

    • http://myspace.com/gunrugladiators ghetto gov

      im mad high typin this but i was talkin bout pap not pa this dude metaphors take like 6 rewinds to understand he is ill heres my link too too blowed right now

  • Kwamee

    If Lupe doesn’t stay… imma cry smh. He’s one of the good aspects of the industry.

  • Anonymous

    Anybody that says (taken out of context or not) that MC Hammer is better than A Tribe Called Quest shouldn’t be allowed in recording studio’s!