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Lupe Fiasco 'ready to quit albums'
by Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Lupe Fiasco has insisted that despite being one of the hottest names in hip hop right now, his next album will be his last.

Lupe Fiasco

The Chicago rapper, who had a top five hit with Superstar, has told Newsbeat that he is "85% ready to quit" following the release of his third studio album LupEnd.

He said: "It's simply because the recorded music business wears and tears on you.

"For me there's two music businesses, the recording and the performing and I love the performing.

"It's not like a lack of wanting to make music, I'll perform for ever.

"It's just a lack of wanting to be in the game."

Of course, Lupe isn't the first rapper to claim to be on the verge of early retirement.

Lupe Fiasco

Both Jay-Z and Eminem have declared intentions to step down while on top of the game.

Jay-Z even had a retirement party in 2003, three years later he released Kingdom Come and is headlining this year's Glastonbury

Lupe's first album Food & Liquor hailed him as a new talent but 2007's The Cool has established him as one of the most talented young voices in rap.

So can Lupe could forgive us for being a bit sceptical?

He said: "Believe that the last album is gonna be massive, I plan on putting so much into it and making it such an event.

"But I'm still 15% percent unsure and it'll be about two years away."

While he takes time to decide his future, Lupe has a lot to concentrate on at the moment.

Last year, he unofficially formed a rap 'supergroup' with his friend and mentor Kanye West and N*E*R*D and The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams.

Child Rebel Soldiers or CRS have, to date, only worked on one track called Us Placers, based on the Thom Yorke track The Eraser.

The track made it on to a mixtape which Kanye released in early 2007.

Lupe said: "It was Pharrell's idea one day in the studio 'cause we're all similar, same likes and same dislikes, same goals and aspirations.

"So on that level we wanted to create some music. But we haven't actually been in the studio together, everything we did separately and just emailed it to each other."

But Lupe has revealed that all three are on the road in May.

He said: "The stars aligned for us all to go on tour this summer for Glow in the Dark in the US, so we're gonna debut CRS on the tour."

Lupe's new single from The Cool, Paris Tokyo, is available for download from 14 April.



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