Lupe Fiasco and producer Kaelin Ellis have announced their joint EP, House, and shared the project’s first offering: “Shoes,” which features Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh.
The song features Fiasco rapping about waiting in line for a new pair of shoes over a smooth beat. Voice clips of Abloh describing how he designed the shoes worn by Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was fatally shot while jogging earlier this year, cut in and out of the song.
“But this shoe, these Air Ahmauds or these Air Arberys / Are starting to take shape now, you know? / They connect man and earth, they allow you to run / That running is freedom, accelerated heart rate by design through design,” Abloh says.
Fiasco and Ellis’ House EP is due out July 24. Last month, Fiasco paid tribute to the late George Floyd on the song “Rest Up Big Homey… We Got it from Here.”
Listen to “Shoes” below: