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It’s no secret that Lupe Fiasco’s relationship with Atlantic Records has been contentious at best (and occasionally downright hostile). It looked like the label wasn’t even going to put out his third album, until fans organized street protests demanding it. Lasers finally comes out March 8, but Lupe’s not exactly ready to play nice with Atlantic. In a new interview with Complex he explains in no uncertain terms that the album is compromised: tracks like the Modest Mouse-interpolating lead single “The Show Goes On,” he says, are on it strictly to appease crossover-minded Atlantic execs. “When I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record,” he says, “I hate this album.”

Lupe further claims in the interview that the fan protests actually had a lot to do with Atlantic finally giving Lasers a release date. But I doubt anything’s going to convince Atlantic to back him up for another album—not unless this one sells about 8 gajillion copies.

Video for “The Show Goes On” after the jump: