It’s hard to think of a combination of artists more likely to get music bloggers’ servers overheating than Lupe Fiasco - an avatar of alternative hip-hop, on account of his whip-smart lyrics and Islamic faith – and Thom Yorke, who tends to be regarded by US indie geeks as an untouchable God, rather than a wilfully enigmatic grouch, as he’s sometimes viewed on these shores.
Us Placers finds the former sampling the latter’s solo track The Eraser, and for copyright reasons will probably not feature on Lupe Fiasco’s forthcoming second album. A shame, since the track also features guest spots from Kanye West and producer Pharell Williams, who raps about the Virginia Tech massacre. It all adds up to the most atmospheric, and quietly enthralling, hip-hop track we’ve heard in a long time.
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10:36 AM | 20/07/2007
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