Resurrection

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"Resurrection"
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Song by Lupe Fiasco and Kenna from the album Download To Donate For Haiti
Recorded January 2010
Released January 19, 2010
Format Digital
Length 4:07
Samples Utada Hikaru - Sakura Drop
Writer Wasalu Jaco, Mike Shinoda, Kenna Zemedkun
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Machine Shop Recordings, Warner Bros. Records

Download To Donate For Haiti track listing
  1. Linkin Park - Not Alone
  2. Slash - Mother Maria (feat. Beth Hart)
  3. Kenna - Never Let Me Down
  4. Peter Gabriel - Heroes (Make Tomorrow Today)
  5. Weezer - Butterfly (feat. Allison Allport)
  6. Alanis Morissette - Still (Acoustic, Vancouver Sessions)
  7. Lupe Fiasco and Kenna - Resurrection
  8. Hoobastank - We Are One
  9. The All-American Rejects - The Wind Blows (Skrillex Remix)
  10. Enrique Iglesias - It Must Be Love
  11. Dave Matthews Band - Typical Situation (Live)
  12. The Crystal Method - Slipstream (Slimmed Down Mix) (feat. Jason Lytle)
  13. Metric - Gold Guns Girls (Mike Shinoda Remix)
  14. Jack Johnson - Times Like These (Live from Red Rocks)
  15. Dinosaur Jr. - Gargoyle (Live)
  16. Mickey Hart - Look Away
  17. Guster - Jonah

"Resurrection" is the sixth track on Music For Relief's Download To Donate For Haiti compilation. The song is performed by Kenna and Lupe Fiasco with production by Mike Shinoda.

Background

"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" specifically for the project, to aid the nation of Haiti following the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12th. Kenna describes "Resurrection" as a triumphant song recognizing that the Haitian people will prevail, while at the exact same time acknowledging that they still need our support.[1]

The song was supposed to be released on January 19, 2010 along with the first tracks of the compilation[2][3] 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."[4]

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.[5]

Music Video

The music video for "Resurrection" premiered on March 10, 2010. Produced by Illusive Media Inc. and directed by Shomi Patwary in collaboration with Robert Elliott Simmons, it consists of footage provided by the U.N. Visual Library, the Department of Public Information and the Ricky Martin Foundation showcasing the toll the earthquake has taken on Haiti and uplifting examples of the recovery efforts taking place intercut with Lupe Fiasco, Kenna and Mike Shinoda working on the song.[6]

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Resurrection (Produced by M. Shinoda of Linkin Park) Download To Donate For Haiti 4:07 2006-2010 January 19, 2010
  • Lupe Fiasco and Kenna.
  • Contains a replayed sample of Utada Hikaru's "Sakura Drop".
Resurrection How To Make It In America: The Mixtape 2:56 2006-2010 February 9, 2010
  • No intro.
  • Ends after second chorus.
  • Mixtape hosted by Kid Cudi, DJ Green Lantern and Broke Mogul.
Universe (2006 Demo) LP Underground XIII 3:58 2006 November 18, 2013
  • Instrumental demo.

Personnel

  • Kenna: vocals, songwriting
  • Lupe Fiasco: vocals, songwriting
  • Mike Shinoda - piano, mellotron, production, composing, mixing

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