"The album is coming," Fiasco says. "It’s not June. It’s not Ramadan. So there’s one month left."
Ramadan runs from June 28 to July 28 this year, leaving the month of August left in summer.
Lupe Fiasco confirms the features list for the album is slated to include Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ab-Soul and Chris Brown. Production will come from S1, DJ Dahi, Jake One and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, among others.
During the interview, the Chicago rapper also says that he is at a point in his music that everything he does has specific purpose. He says he wants his town to be known for more than the "Chi-Raq Freestyle" battle. One song Fiasco mentions in the interview specifically is “Mission,” a cut about fighting cancer.
“It was a reaction to take myself out of being the punching bag for people and then make music that I felt like if I die tomorrow, that I want songs to be like that,” he says. “I want you to remember what I did like that. Lupe put that into the world.” (June 5, 2014) UPDATE: Atlantic Records tweeted yesterday (October 15) that Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth will be released January 20, 2015. The tweet is as follows:
(October 16, 2014)
UPDATE #2: Hackers of the Operation Free Lupe division of Anonymous say that they are responsible for Atlantic Records tweeting a release date for Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth album.
On Tuesday (October 14), TheAnonMessage tweeted, "@AtlanticRecords: You have 24 hours to present a statement announcing the immediate release of @LupeFiasco's album.”
Atlantic replied with the release date, to which Lupe tweeted “V.”
On Wednesday (October 15), TheAnonMessage tweeted, "Damn, we wanted to test that website crasher though.”
The tweets from TheAnonMessage and Lupe Fiasco are as follows:
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 15, 2014
V — Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) October 16, 2014
Damn, we wanted to test that website crasher though.
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 16, 2014
Alright, we've had our fun. Back to #Ferguson. — TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 16, 2014(October 18, 2014)
UPDATE #3: The cover art and tracklist for Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth album have been released.
They are as follows:
(December 1, 2014)
UPDATE #4: Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth album is now available for streaming via Spotify.