This is an exciting moment for Markfive! I'm pleased to announce the first contribution from an outside writer to our blog. He has the honor of deciding this week's Song of the Week, which is a bit different from past selections…
"And so he kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, coast…
And away he rolled"
Lupe Fiasco's first single off his upcoming debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor (Atlantic Records) represents a refreshing new sound in hip-hop. Having worked with Kanye West on the track Touch the Sky, and with Mike Shinonda and Fort Minor, Fiasco has been dubbed by Fader Magazine as a "Hip-Hop Whiz Kid" and has received praise from Shinonda, Jay-Z, and fellow Chicago native, Twista for his unique wordplay.
Kick Push showcases Fiasco's interest in skateboarding as it follows a young boy's tale in searching for a peaceful place to skateboard. The song begins with a rather dramatic orchestral opening which segues into the background riff. The violins create a soothing ambiance set to a defining drum beat. The track is accented by brass tones which surprisingly add to the soothing sound despite their distortion relative to the violins. One can truly develop an emotional connection with the boy in the song as Fiasco masterfully narrates with a calm, definite voice without being excessively overpowering.
This track was released as a sample for the album (dropping August 8 on Atlantic Records) which shows promise. Fiasco's sound is a refreshing break on the hip-hop scene that is definitely worth checking out, which is why Lupe's Kick Push is this week's Song of the Week.
Unfortunately, the song is not available through iTunes nor is the album art available. You'll have to find the song through your own measures.
–By contributing writer Brian Tan, edited and amended by Derek Tam (no relation).