Two traits that often mark Lupe Fiasco's music are his ability to vividly tell a story and his desire to use his words to deliver a message. Each of those are again apparent on his new single, "Mission," which he released on Sunday.
The track, which is reportedly off of his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth, finds Lupe telling stories from the perspectives of a number of individuals who have been battling cancer. The Soundz and Duke Da Monsta-produced song also serves as a launching pad for the Chicago rapper's partnership with the organization Stand Up To Cancer.
His YouTube page where he released the song provides an explanation of the story and motivation behind it:
"Mission" is a track to empower those facing cancer, revere cancer survivors and remember those who have passed to due to cancer related illnesses. With an inspiring introduction from various cancer survivors telling their story, anchored by legendary singer/songwriter and cancer survivor Charlie Wilson, "Mission" has Lupe Fiasco expressing stories of the emotional burden of cancer, while also working to uplift those in an effort to help fight the disease. In support of "Mission," Lupe has joined Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a grassroots movement to raise funds to accelerate the pace of cancer research, as a celebrity ambassador. Together, Lupe and Stand Up To Cancer are planning various collaborations tied to the track that will be unveiled later this year. http://www.standup2cancer.org
No word yet on when Tetsuo & Youth will drop, but expect it some time in 2014.