Thursday, August 30, 2007

Super Rap Group

Anyone who took Kanye West's recent Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape for a spin encountered a Thom Yorke-sampling track from a little something called CRS. Short for Child Rebel Soldiers, this bona fide hip-hop supergroup consists of West, Pharrell Williams, and Lupe Fiasco. And while that tune, "Us Placers", is the trio's only recorded material to date, it seems we can expect more.

As Lupe told recently, the crew hopes to cut an album. "Now [our labels are] working it out. Whoever is going to pay is going to pay a whole hell of a lot. Everybody is excited." And indeed, it's not like those other two have anything else to do right now.

Lupe himself will follow up last year's semi-smash Food & Liquor with The Cool, now due out November 20. For now, he has four gigs lined up in the coming weeks, while Kanye-- who hits us with Graduation (with new, improved cover art) on September 11-- has planned a few engagements as well.

Mr. Fiasco also shared some words that might leave his fans ill at ease. "I'm just wearing down," he told "I'm never doing mixtapes again, not even Internet ones. My whole energy for making hip-hop music is slowing down. I've been doing it for seven years. I still don't think I'm famous. I'll do what I have to do to promote my next album, but I'm not enthused about doing seven albums. I'll do my three, and then I am going to keep moving to the next phase of life and maybe grow trees."

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