Lupe Fiasco has dropped “Rest Up Big Homey… We Got it from Here,” a new song in honor of the late George Floyd.
Over a delicate instrumental produced by Kaelin Ellis, Fiasco dreamily reminds his fans that “Black is beautiful,” while paying homage to Floyd, whose death in Minnesota police custody in late May reignited Black Lives Matter protests nationwide. “I think they misheard your last piece of work / The last words of a good man, pure and unrehearsed / The shell heard around the earth with your final breath / The last word, right before you left were, ‘black is beautiful,’” Lupe spits.
Texas native Floyd was a mainstay in the Houston rap scene—under the moniker Big Floyd—and a member of the influential Screwed Up Click. In the ’90s, Floyd was a frequent collaborator of DJ Screw, a pioneer of the chopped-and-screw rap subgenre, and appeared on many of his mixtapes.
“Rest Up Big Homey… We Got it from Here” is one of several recently released tracks inspired by the ongoing protests and public outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Dua Saleh, Conway the Machine and Terrace Martin have also dropped music to advocate an end to police violence.
Listen to “Rest Up Big Homey… We Got it from Here” below: