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Lupe Fiasco f/ Ty Dolla $ign “Next To It”

Money ain’t shit when there’s wealth next to it, wealth ain’t shit when’s there health next to it…

UPDATE: The CDQ/explicit version below + the official cover art and BTS photo of the upcoming music video. As you may expect with the quality, we get to hear Lu’s clever lyrics and full verses next to more Ty Dolla $ign on the hook. If you heard it earlier in the week, definitely revisit it now because it makes such a difference that I like the song even more now. Initial post/commentary underneath!

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06.17.14: One listen and Lupe‘s next single will be stuck in your head, guaranteed. That was my initial reaction to the premiere of Tetsuo & Youth‘s follow-up to “Mission” late night here in the hometown by DJ MoonDawg on WGCI.

The reason why it’s so catchy? Well, it goes without saying. The repetition of “Next To It” and the high-pitched slow bounce of the beat. It’s lines like the song’s intro quoted above that gives the single some legs as well. Feel-good references to Pac and Big and the Bulls, for instance, preface future uses of “Next To It” and it honestly leaves me wanting more clever lines that can be culminated with the song title. Ty Dolla $ign‘s contribution is some smooth singing of a few of Lupe’s raps – not the hook that you may have expected. I’m vibing with “Next To It” and look forward to cruising to this one with the windows down on Lake Shore this summer. You already know it’s a perfect joint for that!

*Tibs Fav.

UPDATE: The single art.

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BONUS: Video of Lupe’s performance of “Mission” at Grant Park yesterday for U.S. Soccer, as he was on stage prior to Team USA’s opening match vs. Ghana (original lead photo via @jasonmpeterson)

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