Lupe Fiasco‘s new album ‘Lasers’ has been given a release date of March 7, after fans protested against it being held back by his label.
The rapper worked on the album in 2008 and 2009 but his label, Atlantic Records, held off releasing it for over two years.
This led Fiasco to tell Australian radio station Triple J last year: “It’s one of the sadder parts of being on a major record label. At a certain point it’s out of your hands. About a date for ‘Lasers’, it’s truly on them. I have no idea what they’re going to do.”
In October a large group of his fans responded to an online petition to get the album released, protesting outside Atlantic‘s New York HQ. The label never gave their reason for holding back the record, but announced a spring release for it after the protest.
The album will be preceded by a single, ‘The Show Goes On’, on February 21. The song features a sample of Modest Mouse‘s 2004 single ‘Float On’.