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A few hours ago there was a pretty impressive-looking crowd outside of the Atlantic offices in NYC, and the already bizarre quality of the event—is it still considered a protest? is it just a Lupe love-in?—has been amplified greatly by Warner Music Group head and notorious hip-hop power broker Lyor Cohen heading into the crowd to play some of Lasers on a boombox.
The notoriously cranky and hilarious proprietor of the hip-hop blog Cocaine Blunts & Hip Hop Tapes, Noz, has not-so-surprisingly come up with the best Twitter snark regarding the event:
I'm happy for Lupe that he's got such bonkers fans and I'm glad that he has a release date. The downside is that I was halfway hoping he'd follow through on the threats he'd made to Atlantic when it looked like the label wouldn't put out Lasers—he said he'd stop rapping and instead devote more time to his British-accent-enhanced punk project, Japanese Cartoon, which I've actually found way more fascinating and entertaining than The Cool. He released the first JC music video yesterday. It's kind of rad.