‘Anonymous’ Causes Atlantic Records to Push the Release of Lupe Fiasco’s Next Album


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While Lupe Fiasco and his label, Atlantic Records, have been fighting over the release of his next album, the global hacker group Anonymous likely changed the game.

After many months of disagreement as to when Lupe Fiasco’s new album should be released, with the label not wanting a release until Fiasco put out a more ‘poppy’ single, a user from Anonymous started making threats to Atlantic.



Less than 24 hours later, Atlantic announced the release date for Lupe’s album Tetsuo and Youth.

Although, Atlantic denied that Anonymous caused the release, this seems very unlikely and too big of a coincidence. Anonymous is taking all the credit however.

24 hours ago we released a short Twitter ultimatum. We called upon record label Atlantic Records, responsible for releasing conscious rap artist Lupe Fiasco’s long awaited Album. We demanded a statement from the label within 24 hours to release a date or we would unleash the complete and utter fury of our collective on their company and executives. 21 hours later they released a short Tweet citing the album and it’s release date.

At this time it can be concluded that we have proved our point. We wish music that is educating the masses to keep being released. We will fight for that. Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common and others are the moving force behind conscious rap. This is music we will fight for.

What ever happened to ‘you don’t negotiate with internet hackers’? Alright, well maybe that isn’t a real saying but it will be interested to see how this will change the releases of music in the future.


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