Lupe Fiasco is continuing the fight against cancer, but for this round he’s brought reinforcements. On Friday (August 29) Lu dropped, “Remission,” a Common and Jennifer Hudson-assisted remix to his “Mission” single.
The trio will perform the song at the “Stand Up To Cancer” telecast which airs on VH1, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and a host of other networks on September 5. After the special, the track will be released on iTunes and the artist, producer and record label royalties will all be donated to the Stand Up To Cancer organization.
On the track Lupe delivers encouraging bars to those fighting the disease. “With a breast full of lumps, man she ain’t no punk/ So she gonna ride on it like a choppeer in the truck/ pink ribbon woman, she gon’ live forever/ Even though the doctor said she’ll only get a month,” he spits with the vigor of his most competitive rap verses.
Hudson provides a soulful hook, where she promises to keep fighting, while Common tells a story of his father’s own battle with cancer.
Fiasco released the original track, which will appear on his upcoming album Tetsuo & youth back in May and told MTV News in June that he purposely didn’t make “Mission” a downer. “I didn’t want it to come across as a sad, make-you-cry song,” he said. “I wanted it to be like an uplifting, powerful and almost ratchet [song].”