Esko the Kid-Nightmares ft. Sarah Green

Lupe’s FNF label is still going, and signee/frequent Lupe collaborator Sarah Green hooks up with its latest signing in Esko for a single from his upcoming Young & Restless II mixtape.

It’s a contemplative, introspective effort that’s got some great storytelling lyricism throughout, with Esko essentially running through his thoughts, social environment and professional positioning. His work is certainly relatable, and his willingness to expose his fears, concerns and insecurities on record is commendable, whilst from a technical perspective his delivery is consistently sharp and speedy throughout, making for a good performance from the upcomer. Sarah anchors the track very well with her empassioned vocals, whilst the minimal backdrop of piano keys and light percussion enhances the reflective atmosphere of the track, finishing off what is a good slice of introverted hip-hop. In truth, it’s just nice to hear an upcomer who isn’t trying to convince anyone he’s already laced with money and jewels.

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Lupe Fiasco-Lasers Tracklist

Revealed on Lupe’s website a little earlier, alongside the pre-order packages for the album. Nice to see we’ve only heard (versions of) 3 of the tracks so far, meaning the rest will be nice and fresh!
1. Letting Go (Feat. Sarah Green)
2. Words I Never Said (Feat. Skylar Grey)
3. Till I Get There
4. I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now (Feat. MDMA)
5. Out Of My Head (Feat. Trey Songz)
6. The Show Goes On
7. Beautiful Lasers (Two Ways) (Feat. MDMA)
8. Coming Up (Feat. MDMA)
9. State Run Radio (Feat. Matt Mahaffey)
10. Break The Chain (Feat. Eric Turner & Sway)
11. All Black Everything
12. Never Forget You (Feat. John Legend)

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R&B Fridays: Episode 59

Busy, busy day to blame for the delay on this. That, and the fact I forgot I do these. Woops. Anywho, I’ve more than made up for it by throwing in some massive names this week, including  Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Johnta Austin and many more. Enough delaying, click below and get stuck into the good stuff.

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Sarah Green/Lupe Fiasco - Dirty Rose

Another one I could have waited until (R&B) Friday to post, but I’ll let it loose now as Lupe is awesome.

Sarah Green and Lupe Fiasco have collaborated a lot on Lupe’s albums and they’ve always been tracks of the highest quality. This is pretty different to their previous work together, and sounds like it’s influenced by Lupe’s recent musical change of direction to the rock variety. Whether that’s a good thing or not…well that’s up to you. Go grab it below.

Sarah Green – Dirty Rose ft. Lupe Fiasco

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