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Child Rebel Soldiers
Genres Alternative hip hop
Years active 2007 – present
Members
Kanye West
Lupe Fiasco
Pharrell

Child Rebel Soldiers, shortened CRS, is a hip hop supergroup composed of hip hop artists Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams[1].

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History

Child Rebel Soldiers was conceived with the conception of the song "Us Placers", which appears on Kanye West's Can't Tell Me Nothing mixtape, released just prior to his third studio album Graduation[2]. Lupe Fiasco had produced the song in an attempt to construct a mashup mixtape containing hip hop remakes of alternative rock singer Thom Yorke's solo album, The Eraser coupled with a few Radiohead songs. He originally wanted Kanye West and English rapper Mike Skinner to appear on the mixtape's first song "Us Placers", but Skinner failed to respond while West sent the song over to Pharrell Williams after laying down a verse[3]. The trio enjoyed the collaboration so much that they decided to form their very own group, and Pharrell came up with their name, Child Rebel Soldiers[4]. Their first song, "Us Placers", was listed at #43 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007[5].

In an 2007 interview with Billboard, Lupe elaborated that the three had hopes to find time to construct a full-length studio album, saying, "Now [our labels are] working it out. Whoever is going to pay is going to pay a whole hell of a lot. Everybody is excited, [but] 'Us Placers' is the only record we have"[6].

On January 29, 2008, it was announced on Kanye West's blog that the three artists would be touring later in the year together. The Glow in the Dark Tour, as it was called, was consisted of Kanye West, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell's funk rock band N.E.R.D[7].

According to an interview on sohh.com with Lupe Fiasco, there are plans for a CRS album in late 2009. He said the trio of CRS would have three different elements to it: an album, music videos, and a third element he failed to elaborate on (speculation that what he was referring to at this point was the then unannounced "Glow in the Dark" Tour). The album is tentatively titled 'God Unwilling'. As of January 2010, no album has been released or scheduled to be released due to ongoing work on Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West's own respective albums.

The group was featured on the remix to " Everyone Nose" by N.E.R.D. They were labeled as Child Rebel Soldier on the song instead of their separate entities. This is the second song where they use their group name. The official video for the "Everyone Nose" remix version was posted on Kanye West's blog on August 7, 2008. The video, directed by Hype Williams, features CRS and Pusha T of Clipse. Behind them is a green screen showing scenes from various 8-bit (1st generation) video games, including Donkey Kong, Galaga, and Space Invaders.

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Child Rebel Soldier, shortened CRS, is a hip hop supergroup composed of hip hop artists Lupe Fiasco (The Child), Kanye West (The Rebel), and Pharrell Williams (The Soldier).

History

Their first single, "Us Placers", appeared on Kanye West's mixtape, "Can't Tell Me Nothing" released in May 2007.[1] The song "US Placers" was #43 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[2]

On January 29, 2008, it was announced on Kanye West's blog that the three artists would be touring later in the year together. The "Glow in the Dark Tour" which consisted of Kanye West, Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N*E*R*D.

According to an interview on sohh.com with Lupe Fiasco, there are plans for a CRS album in late 2009. He said the trio of CRS would have three different elements to it: an album, music videos, and a third element he failed to elaborate on (speculation that what he was referring to at this point was the then unannounced "Glow in the Dark" Tour).

The group was featured on the remix to "Everyone Nose" by N.E.R.D. They were labeled as Child Rebel Soldier on the song instead of their separate entities. This is the second song where they use their group name. The official video for "Everyone Nose Remix" was posted on Kanye West's blog on August 7, 2008. The video directed by Hype Williams features CRS and Pusha T of Clipse. Behind them is a green screen showing scenes from various 8-bit (1st generation) video games (Donkey Kong, Galaga, Space Invaders).

References

  1. Kanye + Pharrell + Lupe = Child Rebel Soldiers Album? Pitchfork Media. Accessed December 19, 2007.
  2. No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21

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