Lupe Fiasco Flips SZA & Cuts Right to the Bone (Audio)

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Lupe Fiasco is an artist who thinks ahead. Known for referencing projects way ahead of schedule, he’s also known for frequently surprising fans with unannounced music, much like he did when releasing his Pharoah Height 2/3 mixtape for free last summer. His Wikipedia page lists four albums in his discography that haven’t even come out yet, and today he has unleashed a loosie only a month after appearing with Future on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s “No Problems.” The Tetsuo & Youth rapper made reference to full-length solo projects back in October and although they’re rumored to arrive months from now, he has not refrained from hopping on the occasional cut to remind us that he’s always working on something, even if quietly.

Today’s delivery is “Bone,” an adaptation of a SZA and Kendrick Lamar collab housed on the Top Dawg Entertainment chanteuse’s junior E.P. Released in 2014, Z featured “Babylon,” a DJ Dahi (producer of such songs as Big Sean’s “I Don’t Fuck With You”) created joint, the video for which alluded greatly to the practice of baptism. In Lupe’s version, the beat becomes a foundation for a song about an undesirable woman whose sins and indiscretions have left her physically and spiritually damaged with little chance for redemption – at least in the first verse. In signature Lupe fashion, each segment of the song becomes its own chapter of the same story, and by the time “Bone” is over, it’s clear all is not as it seems.

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