Lupe Fiasco’s “Hey Lupe” officially released after 15 years

    It was originally recorded before his 2006 album, ‘Food & Liquor.’

    Lupe Fiasco at Coke Live Festival 2009 in Poland
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    “Hey Lupe,” a song Lupe Fiasco recorded more than a decade ago, has been officially released alongside a new music video.

    The song, which Lupe originally recorded before his 2006 breakout album, Food & Liquor, now appears on Chill’s Spotlight, a Spotify playlist curated by Lupe’s label 1st & 15th co-founder Charles “Chill” Patton. The playlist also includes two of the label’s previously unreleased songs, “Gametime” by Wildstyle and “Run Game” by Lupe.

    Although “Hey Lupe” later appeared on the Chicago rapper’s 2010 mixtape, Vintage Fiasco, the track was never made available on major streaming platforms until recently. In a statement to the FADER, which premiered the playlist, Patton said that he was excited to finally share the song with Lupe’s fans after keeping it “in the vaults for many years.”

    “I vividly remember the day Lupe recorded this song,” Patton said. “I got the beat from the producer and played it twice for Lu while we were riding in a white Suburban, 20 minutes later we made it to the studio and he immediately went in and knocked out the whole song—verses, hook, ad libs, etc. It was natural for him, but not so natural for me to see this, and I had been around some of the greats. This is when I knew he was a monster!”

    The re-release of “Hey Lupe” was accompanied by a retro visual that follows a group of youths dancing to the song on the streets. Check out the video below:

    And stream the rest of Chill’s Spotlight here: