Lupe Fiasco reveals his recently released rock album is ‘a tribute to Joy Division’

'In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death' is available to download for free

Lupe Fiasco has revealed that the debut album by his post-punk group Japanese Cartoon, is a tribute to Joy Division.

Entitled ‘In The Jaws Of The Lords Of Death’, the free LP sees Fiasco – whose real name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco – take on vocals in a forced British accent.

“The true inspiration for Japanese Cartoon is the band Joy Division,” Fiasco told “You ever watch footage of Joy Division singing? [Frontman] Ian Curtis is like a straight nerd. And he [doesn’t look] like the rock and roll type. But when he got on stage, he became a completely different animal, like he was having a seizure on stage.”

He added: “When he was performing he just threw himself into the performance, but when he came off stage he was a mild-mannered person. Japanese Cartoon is like a tribute to Joy Division and Ian Curtis.”

More commonly known as a rapper and hip hop producer, Jaco also explained the reasons why he originally denied being the singer in the group.

“I didn’t want it to be viewed as a Lupe Fiasco side project,” he explained. “I wanted it to be like, ‘Here’s this band out of nowhere’. [That way] I can get an honest opinion. I didn’t want to get, ‘Man I like Lupe, but that’s wack because he’s not rapping’, or a ‘Lupe, everything he do is dope!’, I wanted a true reaction to it.”

Available as a free download from, a range of deluxe packages are also available to purchase which include t-shirts, stickers and posters.