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Lupe Fiasco Quits Twitter, 'Never Really Liked Dealing With the Public'

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Lupe Fiasco

Following the release of Lupe Fiasco's highly anticipated Tetsuo & Youth next week, the Chicago rapper says he'll be removing himself from the public eye. 

Fiasco made the announcement he would "go back into the shadows" Tuesday on Twitter, saying "These are my last few days addressing the public directly." 

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He added, "I never really liked dealing with the public. My recording career thus far put me in a place where i had to for promotion etc."

This statement came following a lengthy string of tweets that lasted more than two hours, beginning with him reciting lyrics from his BIG K.R.I.T. collaboration, "Lost Generation," that was released last last year. In the song, Fiasco notes the state of hip-hop, sardonically rapping lines like, "So let's get paid, turn these motherf---ers into slaves / School is for lames, man, these n----s join gangs."

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And while many of his fans joined in, reciting the lines along with him, a number of others took offense to the track's lyrical content -- at least as it was, taken out of context, one line at a time.

In particular, the line "Fuck Martin Luther King, nigga, fuck change" stirred a negative response that, in turn, sparked Fiasco to respond with exhausted frustration:

 

Amid further hateful responses, fans came to Fiasco's defense, but still the rapper seemed disheartened.

When one person tweeted that the only reason why Fiasco is "having these rants and beef with other artists" is because Tetsuo & Youth is coming out, Fiasco responded saying the only reason that album is coming out is because Anonymous demanded it, referencing a story that came out in October that the hacker group pressured his label, Atlantic Records, into releasing his album. And, from there, he continued engaging with his detractors:

 

Until, finally, it seemed Fiasco had enough and declared the end of his public career: