Tibrina Hobson/WireImage

Usher Is An Unlikely Guardian Angel On De La Soul’s New ‘Greyhounds’

It’s an anthem for those who ‘want a new zip code for an old dream’

Everything's coming up Usher lately, and the crooner has taken a break from working on new music of his own to guest on De La Soul's forthcoming album.

And the Anonymous Nobody is set for an August 26 release date, and "Greyhounds," a new Usher-featuring track, follows the drop of "Pain," which offers heady verses from Snoop Dogg, and "Drawn," which has Little Dragon juxtaposing the bars of the New York City rappers with buoyant, airy melodies.

"Greyhounds" somehow achieves the profundity of a feature film in its five minutes and change: It's just as gorgeous and uplifting as it is gritty and brave. Posdnuos, Dave, and Maseo unfurl the story of a woman heading to New York via Greyhound to start a new life, and they don't scrimp on the difficult hurdles our heroine faces on her way. Usher takes the reins on the chorus, the transcendent voice of a guardian angel, as the wheels on the bus he's driving go round on their way to Port Authority.

In addition to the De La Soul feature, the R&B titan is gearing up for two major releases. Hands of Stone, the boxing biopic in which he portrays Sugar Ray Leonard, will also see its release August 26, and his forthcoming album, Flawed, is set for a release later this year.