By William E. Ketchum III
After a year that saw powerhouse solo acts like Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborating on entire projects together, 2012 is shaping up to follow suit. Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams have announced plans to create an album together. A post on Lupe’s official site, announced that the collaborative effort and Lupe’s next solo record, Food and Liquor 2, are both “coming soon.”
Further details haven’t been released, but the duo has collaborated several times in the past, to critically-acclaimed results. Pharrell appeared on and produced on “I Gotcha” from Lupe’s first album Food & Liquor, along with lending a verse to a remix of the disc’s single “Kick, Push.”
Lupe and Pharrell were also two thirds of Child Rebel Soldier (CRS), a supergroup rounded out by Kanye West. The trio’s debut “Us Placers” impressed listeners of Kanye’s 2007 mixtape Can’t Tell Me Nothing, and they collaborated again for a remix of N*E*R*D’s single “Everyone Nose” from their 2008 album Seeing Sounds. Many fans were excited again when Kanye West released “Don’t Stop!” in his series of G.O.O.D. Friday leaks in 2010, but Lupe told MTV that the song was from sessions that were two years old, and not a new collaboration.
The new announcement also comes a week after Lupe told The Boombox that he was waiting on his label home Atlantic Records to complete Food & Liquor 2. “The ’Lupe album is [coming out] hopefully. It’s not on me,” he said. “It’s not done yet. I’m waiting on my record company, ain’t nothing changed. Same business, it’s on them.”