[artist id=”2017563″]Lupe Fiasco[/artist] has been lying low for the past few years, but after dropping a mixtape toward the end of 2009, the Chicago MC is ready to release his next solo album, the forthcoming Lasers. The LP will be his first since 2007’s The Cool.
On Monday, Fiasco appeared on Green Lantern’s Invasion Radio on Sirius XM and confirmed that he just turned over the completed Lasers material to his label, Atlantic Records. (No release date has been set yet.) He also revealed that the long-delayed CRS collaboration , featuring himself, [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] and [artist id=”1242768″]Pharrell Williams[/artist], might soon see the light of day.
“Pharrell hit me the other day, and he was like, ‘Yo, we really need to do this Child Rebel Soldiers project,’ ” the rapper said during his Shade 45 interview. “We did, like, four songs [so far]. So that’s four songs of Lupe Fiasco that your punk ass don’t got. Hopefully, it’s coming soon. But I’m not gonna stray anybody off [their own projects] like that. Pharrell hit me the other day and said we need to go back into the studio and do some more songs. I don’t know what Kanye’s doing, but we’ll figure it out.”
The supergroup first came to fruition from a song that appeared on a previous Fiasco mixtape. The rapper initially put together a track for himself to feature West and U.K. artist the Streets. When the British rapper never got back to him, however, West forwarded the song to the Neptunes producer.
From there, the collabo took on a life of its own.
“Pharrell came up with the idea — ‘Let’s do a group, Child Rebel Soldiers,’ ” Fiasco told MTV News in April 2008. “So I did a song. Took Thom Yorke’s ‘Eraser,’ cut it up, put ‘Us Placers’ on it, because I was going to do a mixtape called Us Placers and remake Thom Yorke’s album [The Eraser] and Radiohead’s stuff. I sent the record out, and it was initially supposed to have Kanye, and I wanted the Streets. The Streets, I got no response. He asked me to do the song for one of his artists. Then Kanye jumped on it and was like, ‘I’m going to send it to P.’ Then P sent it back, and it was like, ‘This is the first song right here. Let’s do it.’ That was, like, a year and a half ago, and the whole time we’ve been figuring out what to do.”