Lupe Fiasco is quite guarded when it comes to his old music — he’s not fond of people leaking it without his permission.
But he has given his label 1st & 15th Entertainment the green light to share a never heard before song called ‘Run Game’ today. Charles “Chill” Patton, the rapper’s business partner and co-founder of the label, is sharing the song as the first release in the “Chill’s Spotlight” playlist series where he will be dropping a song from the vaults of the label every other week. ‘Run Back’ was recorded in the very early days of Lupe’s career.
“We recorded this single back when I was just starting out,” Lupe told Complex. “Chill was heavily involved in the early days of my career, and I’m glad he’s highlighting it with this new project.”
“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,” Chill explained. “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.”
“We recorded ‘Run Game’ a little later,” Chill continued. “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. 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.”