Published Sep 15, 2010It turns out rapper Lupe Fiasco, who's been sitting on albums three and four due to a dispute with his record company, is the man behind faux Brit-punk band Japanese Cartoon after all.
According to an interview with Complex, Fiasco is in fact Japanese Cartoon lead singer Percival Fats, as we speculated at the beginning of last year.
The group's new album, In the Jaws of the Lords of Death, is available here for free download and features Fiasco sporting a fake British accent. Meanwhile, the rapper's third and fourth hip-hop LPs are being stalled by Atlantic Records due to creative differences with the label.
"The situation with me and my record company has gotten to the point where we're really at our final straws," Fiasco told Complex. "If Lupe Fiasco fails and [the albums] never comes out, I have to do something. I still have to make music."
Fiasco, whose real name is Wasalu Jaco, called the faux Brit-punk band his "Plan B," likening it to the spirit of Joy Division, in that deceased singer Ian Curtis was a "straight nerd...but when he got on stage he became a completely different animal."
Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the heads up.