OK, I’m liking Lupe Fiasco more and more with each day. I do some digging around and find that Jonah Matranga (ex-Far frontman, among other groups) and Fiasco teamed up for a track called The Instrumental, which is part of the Madden ’07 video game and, more than likely, Lupe’s Food & Liquor LP.
If I’m not mistaken from my research, The Instrumental is the same as Never Lies, which was the song’s original name. Matranga sings the hook; it sounds like a sample from an old Far song, Nestle, off the great Water & Solutions.
Part of the name change, I think, stemmed from an Internet leak of Food & Liquor. Read more here. The story says he will “probably keep at least 30 to 40 percent of what leaked” on Food & Liquor (due for an August release on Atlantic). That said, you won’t catch me hosting the song. But, ahem, you can find it yourself. (Just FYI, it’s not Mike Shinoda singing. I believe he produced the track, though.)
In more news of rappers sampling alternative rock, Stereogum tells us about another Chicago emcee, Rhymefest, who samples the Strokes on his forthcoming album Blue Collar.
Lupe Fiasco “Kick Push” video.