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Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams Working On Collaborative Album 

 

Last night (January 9), a cryptic message posted on Lupe Fiasco’s website simply read, “FOOD AND LIQUOR 2 COMING SOON….LUPE AND PHARRELL ALBUM COMING SOON…” – spawning a series of Facebook likes, Twitter retweets and a spate of comments on the blog entry itself. Online magazine Hypetrak reportedly confirmed the news, although no official statement from the pair has been released as of yet.

In 2007, Hip Hop fans rejoiced with the release of “Us Placers,” a collaborative track featuring the talents of Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, with Fiasco providing the sparse, moody production inspired by Radiohead front man Thom Yorke. Featured on Kanye West’s mixtape Can’t Tell Me Nothing, ahead of his third album Graduation, the critically lauded track never saw an official release.

“Us Placers” sparked the union of the three stars under the group name Child Rebel Soldier (CRS) although only two other recorded tracks, N.E.R.D.’s remix for “Everybody Nose” and a Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Fridays-commissioned drop “Don’t Stop,” have surfaced. However, two-thirds of the creatively stalled CRS announcing an impending project has again jumpstarted widespread anticipation from fans and the media alike.

Pharrell, as part of production duo the Neptunes, has worked with Fiasco prior to the “Us Placers” track, producing “I Gotcha” on Lupe’s 2006 debut album Food & Liquor. Lupe’s upcoming fourth studio LP Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album is also set for a 2012 release, which looks to be packed with a lot of music from the Chicago rapper if this news holds true.

The only question that remains: where the heck is Kanye West in all of this?

 

Are you anticipating the new Lupe Fiasco/Pharell Williams project? Do you think Kanye West will join them?

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