Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Through Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z were properly introduced. Lupe Fiasco recorded on West's Late Registration album of 2005. The single, "Touch the Sky," was released in 2006 and became a hit. For many people, it was the first time they had heard Lupe Fiasco.
Jay-Z had the chance to meet him months prior to the recording of the album. Upon hearing him, Jay-Z was very impressed and he wanted to sign him to Roc-A-Fella Records. Despite many lucrative offers from Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco turned him down. Ultimately, Lupe Fiasco ended up signing with Atlantic Records.
Still, Jay-Z served as an executive producer for his debut album and they collaborated on the track, "Pressure." Food & Liquor ended up being a major success for Lupe Fiasco. While his second album featured the hit, "Superstar," it did not sell as well and Jay-Z had no participation. Jay-Z will not be involved with the upcoming Lasers album, either, but Lupe Fiasco is open to working with him again.
Recently, Lupe Fiasco discussed working with Jay-Z, admitting he enjoyed their previous work. Lupe said to never rule out him collaborating with Jay-Z. After all, Hov is still the Big Homie and Lupe Fiasco views him as a measuring stick, of sorts. Possibly on his next album, Lupe Fiasco will collaborate with Jay-Z.