Written by By Jennifer Smith, CNN
The Kanye West/Drake double-bill concert to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 8 will feature “Free Larry Hoover,” a track written by West in order to give credit to the late, influential Westside Rap Crew member.
West was once a member of the same crew — the Westside Boys — until he was expelled in 1998. He blamed former crew members who were now in the game for ruining his career and left the group in an acrimonious dispute.
Yet West appears to have recently formed a new relationship with the group’s founder, the late Larry Hoover.
“We are about the future of our people and we say on my new song, ‘Free Larry Hoover,’ that I am eternally grateful for the one who built this, all the one who built this,” West said during a songwriting session in July.
In the clip, West referred to Hoover as “my brother.”
The rapper claims to have written the lyrics the night before he met with Drake, his longtime rival, to discuss a collaboration.
The subject matter of the track will most likely involve the business of Chicago’s emerging hip-hop scene, which has recently attracted considerable national attention thanks to its significant involvement with Drake’s OVO Sound imprint.
West is credited with helping spur the “Overnight Hip-Hop Success” craze, while a similar commercial reboot has been the biggest draw of all at Drake’s shows.