By Kathy Iandoli
Imagine B.o.B.’s. colossal hit “Airplanes” without the B.o.B.
Well that was almost a reality, as rapper Lupe Fiasco was originally tapped for the Hayley Williams of Paramore-assisted single. Last week, a leak of Lupe’s version of “Airplanes” hit the internet. At the beginning of the track, Lupe shouts out Lasers, his current album that earned him his first debut at number one on the Billboard charts. On Lupe’s version, his verses aren’t really topical to the hook of the song, while B.o.B.’s remain true to the central theme. However, some fans wished Lupe kept the track.
“Lupe Fiasco's version of Airplanes is so much better than the original,” @GeDeros12 tweets. “I love it.” The song was actually Lupe’s first, but in the world of the internet, it’s being hailed as remake. “Listening to Airplanes as recorded by Hayley Willams and Lupe Fiasco,” tweets @tisjane2. “I dig it.” @colorrbliind adds, “Airplanes with Lupe Fiasco was betteeerr, WAY better.”
Lupe Fiasco ultimately passed on the track. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, as B.o.B. added Eminem to the track and the trifecta (with Williams) propelled B.o.B. to superstardom with his debut album B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. While Lupe Fiasco is probably not kicking himself for tossing the song – he has his own successes to celebrate – some are glad he gave it up to Bobby Ray.
“BoB’s record is way better,” states Dave Moore via the comment section on HipHopDX.com. “The only thing Lupe ain’t do was really connect his verses to the hook,” explains ShowTimeNY. “That’s what BoB did very well. I like both songs for different reasons.”