Each year, Converse (yes, the shoe company) has been bringing music’s brightest minds together, pairing unlikely collaborators for an annual concept track that is almost always a solid winner.
In previous years we’ve seen Santigold, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), N.E.R.D. and Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Kid Cudi, Best Coast come together for some pretty kick-a**, unexpected tunes.
This year, Converse asked Philly-bred producer Diplo (Major Lazer), R&B sensation Frank Ocean, and The Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon to join forces for “Hero" – a rock-tinged, atmospheric ballad that features additional vocals by the West Los Angeles Children's Choir.
Diplo, who famously sampled The Clash’s “Straight to Hell” for female rapper M.I.A.’s breakout single “Paper Planes,” was pretty excited to work with the legends he used as a source of inspiration during his earlier days:
“The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything. Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone’s artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen.”
Take a listen to "Hero" below: