One month after Nas and Lupe Fiasco took to social media to tease a potential collaboration, the latter artist is liberating a previously-unreleased track from his vaults. Specifically, Charles “Chill” Patton, the co-founder of Lupe Fiasco’s 1st & 15th Entertainment and one of his “longtime business partners,” is digging deep into the 37-year-old legend’s archives and serving up a record known as “Run Game.”
Debuted via its visual component, “Run Game” was originally recorded during the beginning of Fiasco’s career and comes to us today as part of the rollout and promotional campaign for Charles Patton’s new playlist project “Chill’s Spotlight.”
“I first started working with Lupe when he was about 17, I had just gotten off the Up in Smoke Tour and he was hanging with some cats I knew,” Patton tells Complex. “I heard Lu in the studio and it was some of the hottest shit I ever heard. I immediately grabbed him and put him in some cyphers, and everything took off from there.” The recording sessions that birthed “Run Game” soon followed.
“We recorded this single back when I was just starting out,” Fiasco adds in his own statement to Complex. “Chill was heavily involved in the early days of my career, and I’m glad he’s highlighting it with this new project.”
“Right now I’m working on some new projects, and whenever I work on something new I look back for inspiration. When I rediscovered this track, I knew we had to release it from the vault for the ‘Chill’s Spotlight’ playlist,” Patton shares. “Each month we’ll be dropping more tracks from Lupe and other F&F-affiliated artists as part of ‘Chill’s Spotlight,’ so stay tuned for more dope music that hasn’t been heard before.”
You can check out Lupe Fiasco’s “Run Game” video above.
For more, revisit Lupe Fiasco’s Lil Wayne remix “Left to Right,” which he released back in October of 2018.
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