It's been seven years since Lupe Fiasco hastily formed All City Chess Club, the rap supergroup that never was featuring J. Cole, Wale, B.o.B, The Cool Kids, Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton, Blu and Diggy Simmons.
Aside from empty promises and broken hip-hop dreams, the 10-man collective only released one official song ("I’m Beamin’ (Remix)"), but according to rapper/producer Chuck Inglish, the group was doomed from the start.
"There's just really nowhere to go with a rap supergroup," Chuck explained during a recent interview with DJ Vlad. "It's kind of why you haven't heard it. The only one that I think everyone would want—and all of them dudes said it ain't never happening, and as I'm starting to figure out why they said it and it's genius—is Black Hippy. Them saying they not going to do a record so you don't have this anticipation towards them doing this record."
While it's nice to dream about what ACCC could have been if only Lupe and company had kept their plans under wraps, announcing their intentions on social media wasn't the only reason their failure was inevitable. According to Chuck, creating a project with so many individuals is a recording nightmare—logistically and otherwise.
"They probably all got different speeds of recording," Chuck explained. "I've seen it sometimes. They record differently. Y'all might meet up at a party and everything might be smooth, you might smoke weed with this artist and everybody be cool as fuck outside the studio, but once y'all get in the studio, there's so many different behaviors."
Chuck and Mike recently released Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe, the first new Cool Kids album since 2011's When Fish Ride Bicycles.