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Lupe Fiasco details his Joy Division inspired punk band

on September 14, 2010, 11:40am

Lets just go ahead and pretend that LasersLupe Fiasco’s highly anticipated third LP – isn’t ever coming out. I mean think about it. Fans have petitioned for it’s release, and the album has been finished for two years. Hell, its followup – Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album – is also ready to go to. So why won’t Atlantic Records release it?

“The situation with me and my record company has gotten to the point where we’re really at our final straws,” Fiasco told Complex last week, “I was ready to give [Lasers] to [fans] two and a half years ago.” So what’s a man at wits end supposed to do?

Put on a fake British accent and record a punk album under the moniker Japanese Cartoon. Duh.

Fiasco – whose real name is Wasalu Jaco – detailed what he calls his “Plan B” in the recent interview, and his comments are interesting to say the least. He says Japanese Cartoon was inspired by Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, who Fiasco says “is like a straight nerd… he doesn’t look like the rock and roll type, but when he got on stage he became a completely different animal.” He goes on to discuss why he initially denied being part of the group, which he also calls his “lifeblood,” adding that, “If Lupe Fiasco fails and Lasers never comes out, I have to do something – I still have to make music.”

Check out the very insightful interview and track-by-track analysis, then trade your email address for a free copy of the album – In the Jaws of the Lords of Death – at the band’s website.

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