Chicago wordsmith Lupe Fiasco is on tour in support of his Lasers album, but took some time out to address his future plans on releasing new material as he says there is a new mixtape coming, and that he is in the process of working on an album with his recently formed DJ collective. As the interview wrapped up, Lu also touched on what artists he has been listening too.

In an interview with the Examiner, Lupe Fiasco says he is hoping to release a new mixtape by the end of the year:

“There’s a Lupe Fiasco mixtape that’s coming which hopefully we’ll have out before the end of the year and that will hopefully lead up to the next Lupe Fiasco album. And that’s really it, just more touring, touring, touring and music, music, music, music.”

As Lu continued, he spoke on forming a DJ collective, and plans to release the new single for the collective by Halloween followed by an album and tour in support of:

“Me and my partner Scott started a dj collective called Soundclash so we’re working on that album right now and hopefully we’ll have a single out by Halloween and will try and push an album out around that and tour and all that.”

Lupe also touched on the music he’s listening to right now:

“When it comes back to hip hop I still like Nas and Mos Def and even the newer guys like Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi who can definitely kind of catch my ear and keep my edge sharp I guess.”