Historically, there has been a conflict between the music Lupe wants to create and the music his label wants him to make.
Lupe: ''It's less about me being a celebrity, because I guess I'm not really a celebrity,'' he says. ''The most difficult part of the music business is the label."
"What I want to do and what they want me to do - creatively - is in conflict. It doesn't keep me up at night. I look at it as a challenge. It's not meant to be easy." - Hit the jump to read more!
"There's a misunderstanding with my fanbase,'' he says. ''People [at Warner] feel they know my fans more than I do.
They want me to step out of my comfort zone and step into theirs. I don't have necessarily the celebrity success they want me to have but it's more social success and being able to speak at a college about world affairs. That's a success, to me.
I don't want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 million and perform on every awards show. It's getting in touch with somebody who needs to improve their self-esteem, as opposed to driving a Bentley and putting some chains on.''
Lupe's third album for Warner, Lasers, was submitted last month. The label has yet to announce a release date. ''It's an album we both feel comfortable putting out,'' Lupe says. ''I'm somebody saying the things that maybe 98 per cent of the music industry is not.''
The LupE.N.D. Blog: Lupe Fiasco says that he doesn't want to be Jay-Z and be worth $400 Million