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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kanye + Lupe + Pharrell = ?

According to, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell may be cutting a rap album together. Odds on that happening are slim with the frantic schedules of these 3, but it would be great to hear if it happens.


"Having already released one song via an online mixtape, CRS (Child Rebel Soldiers), the hip-hop supergroup featuring Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is hoping to find time to craft an entire album.

"Us Placers," which samples Thom Yorke's "The Eraser," was performed by Fiasco earlier this month during his set at Lollapalooza in Chicago. "Now [our labels are] working it out," the artist tells Whoever is going to pay is going to pay a whole hell of a lot. Everybody is excited, [but] 'Us Placers' is the only record we have."

In related news, Fiasco has pushed back the release of his sophomore album, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool," from Oct. 30 to Nov. 20. Work is continuing on the album with producers from his 1st & 15th camp, including Pro and Soundtrack. Previously, Fiasco had avoided big-name producers ("It's too expensive," he says), but "now we're doing CRS, [so] I can get all the music for free."

And despite the critical acclaim afforded his debut, "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor," the rapper says he is going to stop releasing mixtapes and may not have many more studio albums in him."

Kanye West's album is starting to sound like a strong contender for rap album of the year. A recent review from Kanye's listening audience here.

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