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Lupe: “I Don’t Care About Success”

Lupe Fiasco is never one to hold his tongue. In a recent interview with New York Magazine promoting the release of his third solo album, Lasers, out today (March 8), the Chicago-native said he doesn’t care about the disc’s success.

When asked what he hopes to happen with the LP, he said: “To be blunt, I don’t really give a [crap]. I’ve grown very distant from the business, very numb to it. Before, I’d just kind of be a ninja. Just kind of keep it moving. When I first got into the music business, it was like, ‘You need to do this interview and all this promotion even if it kills you, because it means your record is going to do this and if you don’t do it you’re not going to get this and you’re not going to get that.’ I don’t really care about the success anymore. I don’t really care about the fame.”

Lupe also shared that he hasn’t been able to get much financial gain from the record business. “Three, four years later, I look at my bank account statements, and I haven’t made any money with my record label,” he said. “You start to think a little bit differently about your motivations and why you’re doing what you’re doing.”

Last week, Lu took to his Twitter account to address the criticism from fans of a premature leak of the album. “I never thought [L]asers would inspire so much negativity,” he wrote on his account on March 1. “Reading the comments and reactions is crushing.”

Lasers, which features cameos from Trey Songz, John Legend, Skylar Grey and MDMA, officially hit stores this morning.—Elan Mancini

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