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April 30, 2011  | by: Bianca Salvant

Lupe Fiasco

The hip-hop revolutionary, Lupe Fiasco, is back and has made it clear that he is here to stay. He recently released his video for his #1 single, “Words I Never Said.”

It delivers a powerful message to everyone throughout the world and it confronts very sensitive subjects like the War on Terror and Glenn Beck being a racist. Although, he admitted, this was his hardest album yet, his love for it is everlasting.

“I love the album, I hate the process that it took in order to create it,” Fiasco said.

The album definitely exemplifies the struggles he experienced throughout his life and music career. His choice to speak out was in order to “fix things” because “silence is worse than all the violence.” He has said several times that while creating this album he contemplated suicide.  While some believe that is a bit extreme, there are those who have supported his emotional frustration towards his record label, Atlantic.

The problem evolved, according to Lupe Fiasco, when Atlantic wanted him to rap to certain beats while reciting certain words–and he refused. They also wanted to take all the credit while allowing him to get very little profit–he also refused this deal. Like a parent who wants to discipline a child, Atlantic Records retaliated and dismissed the release of his album, Lasers.

After much talk throughout the web, a fan generated a petition that urged Atlantic to release the album. The petition collected over 3,000 signatures from fans across the nation.

Finally in March of this year, Lasers was released to the public. A year-long battle had finally come to an end and Lupe Fiasco was ready to give the world everything he had because the struggle has made him nonchalant.  “I’ve grown very distant from the business, very numb to it,” he said.

The music video for “Words I Never Said” released earlier this week.  I fell in love with the video. I am a huge fan of anything that is filled with emotion because I believe that those are the pieces that create the best work. When you put your heart into something, there is nothing that can ruin the purity.

Check out the video below:

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