By Hillary Crosley with additional reporting by Mawuse Ziegbe
Looks like Kanye West has been keeping up with Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers progress. The Egyptian art enthusiast dropped “Don’t Stop,” a collaboration with Pharrell and Fiasco who comprise the supergroup the Child Rebel Soldier, for his latest G.O.O.D. Friday joint. The track hit the web not long after Fiasco announced that his long-delayed third LP would hit shelves on March 8, 2011 and he’d squashed his beef with his label Atlantic Records. G.O.O.D. timing, right?
“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 bespectacled MC told MTV News 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.”
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.”