Lupe Fiasco Shares Vince Lawrence House Remix of “Wild Child” as Part of Chill’s Spotlight 4, the New 5-Track Compilation from His 1st & 15th Label
“Wild Child” First Appeared on Lupe’s 2018 Album DROGAS WAVE
Produced in Full by Chicago Legend Vince Lawrence, the New EP Pays Tribute to the Rich History of Chicago’s House Music
Lupe’s Critically Acclaimed 2022 Album DRILL MUSIC IN ZION Is Available Everywhere Now
The Compilation + Remix:
A proud Chicago native, Lupe Fiasco is an inheritor and caretaker of his city’s rich and innovative Black music history. Today, Lupe and his label 1st & 15th share Chill’s Spotlight 4, a new compilation EP that delves deep into the history of House music, the now worldwide phenomenon that started in Chicago in the early 1980s. Produced in full by Vince Lawrence, known as the father of House music, Chill’s Spotlight 4 takes the genre back to its roots, offering five pulse-elevating dance anthems from Chicago artists to salute “The Spirit of Chicago House.”
Notable among the songs on Chill’s Spotlight 4, is a brand new remix of Lupe Fiasco’s song “Wild Child,” originally released on Lupe’s 2018 album DROGAS WAVE. Aided by Lawrence’s smooth sensibilities, the new remix translates the bouncy guitar pop of the original version into the language of House, adding a liquid bassline, smooth electric keys, and prominent, washed out percussion, each element weaving between Lupe’s rhymes to create an exhilarating effect. Featuring additional songs from Lil G, from the multi-Platinum-selling R&B group Silk, Chicago singer-songwriter Peter Jericho, and more, Chill’s Spotlight 4 is available everywhere via Thirty Tigers.
The new Chill’s Spotlight compilation comes hot on the heels of “PRECIOUS THINGS,” an innovative, Alberto Angelini-directed music video for a highlight from Lupe’s acclaimed 2022 album DRILL MUSIC IN ZION. Released on June 24th, 2022, DRILL MUSIC IN ZION earned critical acclaim from NPR, Complex, The FADER, and many others, including Vinyl Me Please, who wrote “At their best, Lupe’s bars are as visually and phonetically pleasing as popped bubble wrap.” The product of a burst of thoughtful spontaneity, Lupe created DRILL MUSIC IN ZION over a short period, diving into a folder of beats sent by Soundtrakk and emerging with a fully-realized album in just three days (“Sometimes deadlines are lifelines,” says Lupe). The album is home to highlights like “NAOMI,” in which Lupe fuses playful political analysis with poignant emotional resonance, and “MS. MURAL,” which continues a series of songs that started on 2014’s Tetsuo & Youth (“Mural”) and continued with his last album DROGAS WAVE (“Mural Jr.”), and the jazz-inflected title track, which slyly comments on how art created amidst strife becomes commodified entertainment for the masses. DRILL MUSIC IN ZION earned “Best Of 2022” honors from the likes of Complex, Okayplayer, RIFF Magazine, and The Needle Drop.
Beyond DRILL MUSIC IN ZION, 2022 was a massive year for the iconic Chicago rapper. He celebrated the 15th anniversary of Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, recently certified Platinum by the RIAA, and launched “LFT,” an NFT program that allows fans to get closer than ever to Lupe. He blessed his fans with archival releases and loose singles, including the self-produced “100 Chicagos” and “Galveston,” an Apple Music exclusive created in observation of Juneteenth. In the fall, Lupe started his position as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches “Rap Theory and Practice.” The rapper is currently teaching his first semester of the course, with plans to continue in the future. Beyond music, Lupe continues to focus on the community organizations he founded, including We Are M.U.R.A.L, The Neighborhood Start-Up Fund, Society of Spoken Art, and his cross-cultural content venture, Studio SV.
With more music and other ventures on the way, Lupe Fiasco has entered a new chapter in his career, but he’s not done growing.
“Your whole life you’re physically growing, and as an artist, I feel like I’m taller now,” says Lupe. “Not that I’m at a higher place of morality, it’s that my vantage point and perspective is higher. I can see further.”
DRILL MUSIC IN ZION and Chill’s Spotlight 4 are available everywhere via 1st & 15th/Thirty Tigers.
Stream Chill’s Spotlight 4: https://orcd.co/chillsspotlight4
Buy/Stream DRILL MUSIC IN ZION: https://orcd.co/dmiz
Chill’s Spotlight 4 tracklist:
*all tracks produced by Vince Lawrence
1. Happiest Pictures feat Peter Jericho (@princejericho)
2. Wild Child (Remix) feat Lupe Fiasco (@lupefiasco)
3. Rise Up feat Lil G (from Silk) (@garylilg)
4. I Remember Love feat Mira Black (@mirablackproductions)
5. Could Not Be Real (instrumental)
Credit: Jessica Hatter Weaver
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is a Chicago-born, Grammy award-winning American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and community advocate. Rising to fame in 2006, following the success of his debut album, Food & Liquor, Lupe has released more than four acclaimed studio albums; his latest being Drogas Wave released fall 2018. His efforts to propagate conscious material helped solidify him as GQ’s Man of the Year in 2006, and garnered recognition as a Henry Crown Fellow. While musical genius and ingenuity are at the forefront of Lupe’s achievements, the artist extends his innovation to projects that aim to foster creative discourse and opportunities in underprivileged and impoverished communities.
Chill’s Spotlight 4 (featuring “Wild Child” (Remix)): https://orcd.co/
“PRECIOUS THINGS” ft. Nayirah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygUCRN65avY
Chill Spotlight 3: https://orcd.co/chillsspotlight3
DRILL MUSIC IN ZION: https://orcd.co/dmiz
“DRILL MUSIC IN ZION”: https://orcd.co/drillmusicinzion
“100 Chicagos”: https://orcd.co/100chicagos
Buy concert tickets at https://www.lupefiasco.com/shows