What They Dissed: Lasers (2010)
What They Said: "One thing I try to stress about this project is, I love and hate this album. I listen to it and I'll like some of the songs. But when I think about what it took to actually get the record together and everything that I went through on this record-which is something I can't separateâ€”I hate this album." - Lupe Fiasco
The saga of Lupe Fiasco's third studio album will go down in history as one of the prime examples of why artists should be weary when a label wants to interfere with their creative process. After dropping the critically acclaimed and commercially successful The Cool, Lupe jumped back in the studio to work on his new album Lasers. After hearing the finished product, Atlantic sent Lupe back to the drawing board with handpicked records that they felt would be more commercially viable. A not-so-pleasant back and forth occurred between the artist and label, with Lupe Fiasco eventually surrendering his manifesto for a project that sold well but was panned by his hardcore fan base.