I’m not sure who to credit with the leadership role in this team up. I’ve seen Battle Scars credited as both Lupe Fiasco featuring Guy Sebastion, and as Guy Sebastian featuring Lupe Fiasco. Either way, whoever thought to pair these two up is a genius. Lupe’s deep and dramatic rapping is the perfect complement to Sebastian’s soulful and stirring vocals.
This hip-hop/rnb ballad certainly packs an emotional punch. Its crisp beats, and haunting melody march on, battered and bruised toward a huge chorus that simply soars. It’s raw, dramatic, and passionate…something that’s been sorely missing from both hip-hop and rnb music.
Staying away from hip-hop’s vapid themes of booty shaking, dranking, and getting paper, he instead raps about real life struggles and raw emotions….and he does it all through the use of clever imagery and intelligent word play. Kudos!