Patrick Stump made the wait for his debut solo album a little less excruciating by dropping an EP, but we’re ready for the main act. Looks like Patrick is, too — the Fall Out Boy frontman lays his heart on his sleeve for his hometown (and really, all of our beloved spots we call home) in the first single from Soul Punk, “This City”, featuring fellow Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco. Listen to the two Chi-Town brothers speak well of their fair city on the single below.
“Before Food & Liquor came out he and I were talking about working on something together,” Stump tells the A.V. Club. “I ended up producing the song ‘Little Weapon,’ for his The Cool record,” he said. “I actually wrote the hook for ‘This City’ with him in mind before I decided to use it for Soul Punk, so when the label asked me if I’d be interested in doing a remix with an MC he was the only real way I’d say yes.”
Patrick Stump feat. Lupe Fiasco – “This City”
“This city is my city and I love it, yeah I love it / I was born and raised here, I got it made here / And if I had my way I’m gonna stay here for life,” sings Stump, in full-on R&B mode on this pop-synth explosion.
This catchy tune, more soul than punk, is both personal – anyone with even a little bit of knowledge about Patrick knows he’s a Chicago boy through and through – yet generic enough for people of all locales to happily sing along with their city in mind. It’s a solid first single from his debut solo LP, and we hope having Lupe on board helps him hit the pop and rap charts.