Lupe Fiasco fans can put down the picket signs and call off the protest. The Chicago rapper’s oft-delayed album Lasers finally has a release date.
After hinting yesterday that his relationship with Atlantic Records was patched up by tweeting “Victory!” along with a smiling photo with label executive Julie Greenwald, a drop date for Lupe’s third album was announced via his website. The project will finally see the light of day on March 8, 2011 with a single to come later this month.
“Lupe Fiasco’s much-anticipated new album Lasers hits stores and online Tuesday, March 8th 2011,” read the website. “The first single will premiere on Tuesday, October 26th right here on LupeFiasco.com first! #GenerationLasers you ready? Let’s go!”
The announcement comes after months of discord between the “Superstar” hitmaker and the imprint. While the label reportedly demanded that Lupe make more marketable material, fans came to his defense with plans to protest outside of Atlantic’s Manhattan headquarters on October 15 aka “Fiasco Friday” if their demands weren’t met.