HOUSE (feat. Virgil Abloh) - EP
The story of Lupe Fiasco’s new EP with Orlando producer Kaelin Ellis is the sort of tale that can only exist in our hyperconnected age. Ellis tweeted a video of a beat and someone replied, “Get this to @LupeFiasco somehow,” and it eventually made its way to the Chicago MC, who dropped the clip into GarageBand and freestyled over Ellis’ hypnotic, bass-heavy production. That song became “LF95,” the closing track from the duo’s new EP, House. Lyrically, Fiasco proves why he’s one of the best pure rhymers in the game, reflecting on everything from mass extinction to the modeling industry to COVID-19. Louis Vuitton artistic director and part-time DJ Virgil Abloh assists on “SHOES,” powerfully meditating on the footwear he would have designed for the late Ahmaud Arbery. House is distinctly for our moment, but with the power that Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis conjure together, it's bound to outlive this cultural era as well.