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While sitting in the 27th-floor lounge of his corporate parent during the month before Lasers’ release, Fiasco told The Daily Beast that he initially felt he was “creating new music” with his first draft. Then came the pressure from his label to take a pop turn.
“That’s what the record label made me do,” Fiasco said. “I asked ‘What album do you want at this point? You’re shitting on my creative [process] and what have you.’ … And they said, ‘We want Top 40. We want No. 1 smashes.’ …
So the focus for everybody, from A&R [people] down to the writers that I write with, went to: ‘Let’s get these smashes, write these big-ass hooks and get these big humongous beats.’”
Rap veteran Nas has updated fans on the status of his long-awaited Lost Tapes 2 compilation album and why the project is currently being shelved indefinitely.
Nas said his main focus will be dropping a fresh solo album before constructing a plan to unleash his never-before-heard records compilation.
The two latest signings to Eminem’s Shady Records are moving ahead on their first projects for the resurgent label.
Alabama rapper Yelawolf tells Billboard.com that he’s “done” with “Radioactive,” his follow-up to 2010′s “Trunk Muzik O-60.” But that doesn’t mean he’s finished. “I saw Em at the party for his [Lipton] Brisk Super Bowl commercial,” Yelawolf says. “I was sitting with him and was like, ‘Hey man, I did an album.’ ‘You did an album? I want to hear it.’ The next day we got up in the studio and he was hyped, man. But of course we’re going to get back in the studio and he’s gonna produce some stuff, touch some stuff up.”
Yelawolf says he won’t “spill the beans” about what kind of touch-ups will be done to the album, but he describes the set, recording in Las Vegas, as “more organic than ‘Trunk Muzik.’ It’s still raw in a way and still keeping the core there, but it’s less regional and more worldwide sounding. It just feels bigger.”
Songwriting was also a priority for the set, says Yelawolf, who worked on tracks with Jim Jonsin and Diplo, among others. “We’ve done songs for years that we felt like, ‘Man, we can’t put this on a mixtape. So we finally have an outlet to make an album the way we envisioned it. It’s more musical and more song-based. Instead of flexing on some MC shit so much, it’s to the point.”
Yelawolf expects to have “Radioactive” finished and ready for release this summer.