Some industry prognosticators suggest the set — if all goes well — could shift even as much as 240,000 by week’s end on Sunday, March 13. Any way you slice it, even if it comes in under 200,000, it will still beat out his previous high, when “The Cool” started at No. 15 with 143,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan at the very end of 2007.With his 3rd album under his belt, Lupe is aiming ever further. Despite his distaste with his dealings with Atlantic Records and his alleged disdain for the final tracklisting on the album, Lupe's LASERS album is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.
In the face of this success, Lupe sat down with Tavis Smiley for a very revealing interview. As expected, he briefly touches on his qualms with the industry; however, on a more personal note, Lupe broaches the subject of his brief suicidal thoughts, his literary interests, and the personal struggles and successes in his life.