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CRS COULD’VE BEEN THE GREATEST GROUP EVER
Words by: Ernest Baker
Child Rebel Soldier was doomed from the beginning. A collective featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Lupe Fiasco seemed too ambitious to actually work, and though they released three songs over the course of three years, that ultimately proved to be true.
The group was introduced to the world on Kanye’s Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape in May 2007. Alongside “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and a snippet of “Stronger” was “Us Placers,” the first song from CRS. Each member rapped a captivating verse over Lupe’s minimal, Thom Yorke-sampling production. The three were so in sync; there was no question that they would eventually realize the full potential of such a strong idea, and the hype was palpable. Later that year, Lupe told Billboard their labels were working out an arrangement for the trio to release music together officially. “Everybody is excited,” he added. He was correct.
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