Lupe Fiasco: "I Don't Want To Be Relevant Today"

On the heels of his departure from Twitter, Lupe Fiasco opened up about his lack of desire to be relevant today in an article posted by Billboard yesterday (January 15).

“I don't want to be relevant today,” Lupe Fiasco says in the interview. “I don't want to be the go-to guy for the club song or to speak on all the dumb shit that's going around. I'm happy being that somewhat sophisticated, overly deep weird guy making powerful music – but just two or three degrees away from the center of attention. There is a new generation speaking to a new generation, so you have a Kendrick Lamar and a J. Cole and the other people who are the new Lupes. I don't have the same lingo. I don't sip lean or smoke weed. I can't compete with a Wiz Khalifa for the attention of a 12-year old.”

Lupe’s new album, Tetsuo & Youth, is slated to drop January 20, and the artist said it is not a great starting place for new fans.

“I'm much more mature in my representation in public, in the sense of I'm not as relevant as I was before,” Lupe Fiasco says in the interview. “ It's kind of that natural irrelevancy that occurs with all artists. I think I had my peak and now I am coming down in relevancy. It's not a sad thing for me.”

Lupe Fiasco spoke about his recent decision to quit Twitter, which came after he engaged in Twitter exchange with Kid Cudi and Azealia Banks after coming to the defense of Iggy Azalea.

“You realize, ‘Oh, this is a game. Let's play this controversy-sells game. Let me just engage this fan and have people watch this conversation,’ which is what happened,” Lupe Fiasco says. “My tweet was literally, ‘Iggy Azalea has her place in Hip Hop,’ which is so open-ended. Half the people are coming at her throat, the other half are supporting, and I'm more in the middle – it's like, I don't even care.”