|Song by Lupe Fiasco and Kenna from the album Download To Donate For Haiti|
|Released||January 19, 2010|
|Samples||Utada Hikaru - Sakura Drop|
|Writer||Wasalu Jaco, Mike Shinoda, Kenna Zemedkun|
|Label||Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records|
"Universe" was an instrumental demo started by Mike Shinoda after the recording of The Rising Tied and released on the LP Underground XIII CD in November 2013. On the booklet, Mike wrote: "Another post-Fort Minor demo. The main sounds were piano and mellotron, which gave it a slightly more classic vibe. Vocals never materialized, but the track has a cool, dark, introspective vibe."
However, the "vocals never materialized" part isn't entirely true. When Linkin Park started working on the Download To Donate For Haiti compilation, Mike gave the demo to Lupe Fiasco and Kenna and they worked it into "Resurrection".
The song was supposed to be released on January 19, 2010 along with the first tracks of the compilation but when the project was launched, the song was missing. It was only added in a few hours later. Mike Shinoda posted on his blog: "The new Download To Donate track, “RESURRECTION” is now live on MusicForRelief.org! I produced and mixed the song. If you already downloaded the album, just download again, and the song will be included. Don’t forget to donate."
On January 28, 2010, Mike and Brad went to Loveline to promote the compilation. They played the song and Mike talked about it: "I don't know if any of you are interested in the story about this song, but the one we already played is called "Not Alone". That's the Linkin Park song on the Download To Donate album. This song, called "Resurrection", is done by Lupe Fiasco and Kenna who are... I guess I can call them friends of mine. This song was being done at the exact same time that the Linkin Park song was being done. [...] We're in the vocal booth at our studio working on our song and I'm talking to Lupe and Kenna like "ok. well, yes. send the tracks over tomorrow and I'll mix it" I mean, it was crazy, and he literally sent over their rough of their song at the exact same time that we finished our song. Like, I finished the mix at like 3:30 and I looked at my computer and the rough from Lupe came in."
In the following month, "Resurrection" was used to promote the HBO series How To Make It In America as part of the show's official mixtape.
The music video for "Resurrection" was produced by Illusive Media Inc. and directed by Shomi Patwary and Robert Elliott Simmons. It shows footage provided by the U.N. Visual Library, the Department of Public Information and the Ricky Martin Foundation of the victims of the disaster in Haiti, as well as footage of Lupe Fiasco, Kenna and Mike Shinoda recording the song.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Resurrection (Produced by M. Shinoda of Linkin Park)||Download To Donate For Haiti||4:07||2006-2010||January 19, 2010||
|Resurrection||How To Make It In America: The Mixtape||2:56||2006-2010||February 9, 2010||
|Universe (2006 Demo)||LP Underground XIII||3:58||2006||November 18, 2013||
- Kenna: vocals, songwriting
- Lupe Fiasco: vocals, songwriting
- Mike Shinoda - piano, mellotron, production, composing, mixing
"The international community struggles
- Resurrection (Music Video): Illusive Media YouTube
- DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FOR HAITI « Mike Shinoda's Blog, January 19, 2010
- DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FOR HAITI - Lupe Fiasco Latest News, January 19, 2010
- NEW Lupe Fiasco & Kenna: Resurrection « Mike Shinoda's Blog, January 19, 2010
- Watch How To Make It In America + Download the Mixtape – Flavorwire, February 09, 2010