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Lupe Fiasco New Album: MC ‘Waiting’ on Atlantic Records

Chelsea Lauren, WireImage

Lupe Fiasco ushered in 2012, headlining the Big Bang New Year’s Eve party in Hollywood Saturday night (Dec. 31). Fiasco shared the bill with alternative band Cobra Starship and singing-producing duo Rock Mafia, for the event, held at the Highland & Hollywood complex.

Hosted by Mario Lopez of ‘Extra TV,’ the venue was packed full of concert-goers, who purchased tickets to see the live performances and music from seven different DJs. When asked to headline the show, Fiasco made his decision based on one reason. “The money!” he tells The BoomBox. “I don’t drink, it’s gotta be something to pull me here, it’s called money.”

Taking the stage last, the 29-year-old MC ran through his music catalog with a high-energy set, complimented by a live band. He showcased his rhymes on songs ‘The Show Goes On,’ ‘Out of My Head’ and ‘Kick Push,’ among others.

The year 2011 proved to be full of accomplishments for the Chicago rapper, whose third album, ‘Lasers,’ hit stores in March. Amid controversy stemming from Atlantic Records delaying the project, the LP debuted atop the Billboard charts, selling 200,000 copies in its first week. He plans to begin work on his fourth effort this year.

“The ‘Lupe [Fiasco's Food & Liquor II]‘ album is [coming out] hopefully. It’s not on me,” he reveals. “It’s not done yet. I’m waiting on my record company, ain’t nothing changed. Same business, it’s on them.”

While he waits on his label, Fiasco is gearing up to go back out on the road. “We got a big tour coming up in Australia in April, and we got a couple things sprinkled through the top part of the year,” he states. “Nothing real crazy, we’re going to wait until the album drops to really go hard.”

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