Lupe Fiasco Suicidal Over Atlantic Choosing B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” Over His
The pity party continues for Lupe Fiasco. The Chicago rapper recently discussed the fight with Atlantic to release his shelved LP Lasers, despite the fact the album was mostly filled with tracks he didn’t much care for. Now we learn that Lupe was nearly suicidal when his label chose B.o.B’s version of “Nothin’ On You” over the cut he had recorded.
“That was the tipping point,” say the emcee in an interview to The Guardian. “It was less about the bruised ego but more the audacity of it. It was mentally destructive. I say it with a certain laissez-faire now because I’m past it, but back then, hearin’ that shit, it fucked me up.”
“I was super-depressed, lightly suicidal, at moments medium suicidal — and if not suicidal, willing to just walk away from it all completely.”
We can’t blame him for being upset – B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” was not only a #1 hit, but garnered both he and Bruno Mars three Grammy nominations, including one for Record Of The Year.
We heard Lupe’s unearthed demo of “Nothin’ On You” last June, and we have to agree that we much prefer Bobby Ray’s cut (though many of our readers thought Lupe’s lyrics triumphed over B.o.B’s raps).
He’s more than likely feeling even worse nowadays with the stream of not-so-positive album reviews trickling out… that is, he’d probably feel worse if he actually was able to produce the album he actually wanted.