As Def Sounds previously reported, Lupe Fiasco caused quite a stir during an interview with The Breakfast Club as he called 97% of Hip Hop terrible. Now Lupe explains his comment about the current state of the industry.
During an recent interview with ABC 7 Chicago’s Windy City Live, when asked about what he thinks is terrible about the music, Lupe breaks down his opinion on today’s industry:
“I think the substance of it. I think technically, it’s great. The music is as well-produced as it’s ever been, videos are as polished, the chains are as clean, the models are as beautiful as they’ve ever been, but then you get into the substance of the records. The majority of commercial Hip Hop, most of what everybody sees is commercial Hip Hop, is lacking substance… terribly.”
As the Chicago rapper continues, he addresses what he thinks should be in today’s Hip Hop music:
“I think there should be a balance. On the radio, you turn it on and every other record is referring that bitch, that negative lifestyle. There’s a premium kind of put on the things that are somewhat whimsical but at the same time dangerous. It’s funny. Over the past 10 years, the things in Hip Hop that we’ve allowed to become the norm. It’s kind of taboo at a certain point to address a certain issue. And the artists that did it, people like Eminem, you knew they were all through the roof because it was so exotic and so through the roof.”
Watch Lupe Fiasco’s interview with Windy City Live where he also speaks on his new album, violence in the Chicago streets, his foundation, and more, below: