Lupe Fiasco f/ Common & Jennifer Hudson “Remission”

Lupe had hinted at it shortly after his “Mission” dropped in May — a Re-Mission — the clever double meaning with remix and puttin’ the cancer in remission, which if you recall, is what Lupe’s single is all about. Now with the “ReMission” he teams up with two of Chicago’s biggest stars in Common & Jennifer Hudson. Could this be any more of a perfect mix?

Lupe’s original first verse stands with Jennifer Hudson taking care of background vocals, the hook, and an extended bridge of her own. Before that part though is Common’s second verse that builds off the motivating energy of Lupe’s verse. It’s a seamless transition between artists that wouldn’t feel right if it didn’t close with Lupe’s original 3rd verse, a lil bit of Charlie Wilson, and then J-Hud for the grand finale. The video is simply a series of clips of all 3 in the studio and while it’s cool to see them talk and vibe out, it’s definitely more about the song.

The original quickly became a big #StandUpToCancer anthem that landed Lupe a one-on-one with Katie Couric and resonated with anyone who has dealt with or a close loved one dealt with cancer. I think anyone can appreciate that aim and the subsequent results, even if it’s not your infectious, repeat single. Now I’m glad to see it bigger with 3x the star power and a performance lined up for the Stand Up To Cancer show on September 5th (@ 8pm/7c).

In fact, “ReMission” is built for the live stage since the lighters and cell phones are called for. Don’t you think that would be the fitting way to close AAHH! Fest at Union Park in our hometown in a few weeks too? *wishful predicting*

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