Between jetting around the world, finishing up an album , making a film and leaving a trail of headlines wherever he goes, Kanye West’s commitment to releasing a free song every week until Christmas seems almost superhuman. However, it appears the MC got a head start on creating his latest G.O.O.D. Friday joint, “Don’t Stop,” a collaboration with Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco , who together make up the Child Rebel Soldier supergroup .
MTV News chopped it up with Lupe a day after the track hit the Web and the Chicago lyricist revealed that “Don’t Stop” is a holdover from the early days of CRS.
“We went on the Glow in the Dark tour and it was just kinda like, maybe, maybe not, let’s do a record, let’s see … so, ‘Don’t Stop’ is kinda one of the records from that creative process a couple years ago,” Lupe said, adding that West’s bars may have been updated. “The song is two years old. I think ‘Ye verse might be a little recent but I don’t know.”
Lupe explained the track was created as a way to gauge the direction the trio wanted to take with their sound.
“That song is like a song that we did in the midst of being CRS when we were actually going to put out an album and just really wanted to test records and see if we should do more records like that, or should we do more records like ‘Us Placers’ or … more down-low records, up-top records,” Lupe said. “We were just trying to figure out what should we do and that was one of the experiments that was bananas.”
The “Superstar” spitter said that he’s not sure what the MCs plan to do with the CRS project next but while the “The Eraser”-sampling “Us Placers” plays up the plaintive vibe of Thom Yorke’s song, “Don’t Stop” displays the crew’s ability to create a club-friendly record. The rumbling beat is powered by flossy, swagger-driven lyrics such as, “Mr. West turn that new child rebel/ Loud as a badass child level,” and “Brand new Ferraris, I gotta make the donuts/ CRS is like a hip-hop Christmas bonus.”
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