Lupe Fiasco
Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1


4.5
superb

Review

by ButtsweatAndTears USER (3 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 28 replies | 5,626 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lupe returning to his best best after the downright awful "Lasers"

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Wasalu Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco came into the public eye after a guest appearance on Kanye West's hit "Touch The Sky". Following this he released a number of mixtapes and developed a large cult following. His first album "Food And Liquor" was released in 2006 which led to many critics comparing him to NAS due to his reliance on lyrics and beats . His fan base continued to rise over the coming years but his label,Atlantic records felt that he should release a record which would make him a household name, something that your average teenage girl could listen to not just fans of deep lyrical content. This led to the debacle that was "Lasers" With F&L2, Lupe tries to please both, and does so with great success .

The album opens similar to F&L with Lupe's sister Ayesha giving a spoken word rap on the conflict in Egypt setting the tone for the rest of the album. With the opening of the next track you know that this is the Lupe that we are used to and not the musically oppressed one of Lasers. “now i cant pledge allegiance to your flag. ‘cause I can find no reconciliation from your past When there was nothing equal for my people in your math You forced us into ghettos and then you took our dads “

The first single released from the album "Around My Way" should be instantly recognizable to all hip hop fans out there as it samples Pete Rocks classic T.R.O.Y. The song shows Lupe at his political lyrical peak. With the content ranging fromdrug trade in Chicago to depleted Sioux reservations to the international politics that keep a country like Ghana mired in violence and poverty. It is definitely one of the highlights of the album which nearly didn't happen due to objections from Pete himself. The next single "Bitch Bad" is one that has divided critics.Over The Audibles’ production, a synth-driven arrangement that allows the lyrics to take the center stage. Lupe cruises through different misconceptions of women in the rap scene. This is Lupe trying to educate and influence people. Spin Magazine referred to it as "mediocre conscious rap" which led Lupe and his fanbase to boycott the magazine.

Lamborghini Angels opens with Amanda Bynes telling us "It's a mad crazy world out there" The track is seemingly about pedophilia in the church it has an underlying meaning, Lupe battling with material goods but he knows that being attracted to fancy things is not a trait that he would like to posses .The final single to be released from the album is "Battle Scars" featuring a relatively unknown Australian singer, Guy Sebastian. A titan hook similar to that of "Superstar"that will beat you down with no mercy .

Following a excellent opening half which features three of the four single and the Clinquant "Audobon Ballroom" the album falls off a cliff with the cringe worthy love song "Heart Donor" and doesn't get back on track until "Form Follows Function" four tracks later with the only saving grace in between being Battle Scars. FFF contains some of the best verses on the album and hits you with a barrage of religious imagery over a frankly sublime sax playing. Cold War sets us up for a brilliant end to the album. Over recent weeks Lupe has questioned whether he should retire following his altercation with Chief Keef this track deals with these thoughts "question if I'm over it/Or if I'm numb because I'm closure-less"

Prior to the release of this album there was a fear among Lupe fans that he would be unable to recapture the glory of his first two classic albums following Lasers. Although not as good as the original F&L it is still a fantastic album which stands streets ahead of every other mainstream rap album released in recent memory and although it contains a number of sub par tracks, the quality of the rest easily makes up for it. This is not the death of The Cool.


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Manic_
September 25th 2012



447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was much better than Lasers but still not anything amazing. Some of the songs in the middle are ass and a lot of the beats aren't too good, probably a 3.5 for me.

ibringyoufire
September 26th 2012



351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening to this now. So much better than Lasers, Jesus Christ.

Digging: Alex G - DSU

benkim
September 26th 2012



2084 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet but lasers was such a commercial record it wasn't even funny. Hope this is better as you guys say.

Digging: As Tall As Lions - As Tall As Lions

skoopy48
September 26th 2012



1440 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is awesome

Ethics
September 26th 2012



4112 Comments


Average album at best.

Sleaper
September 27th 2012



3321 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i agree. i even think 2.5 is pushing it. This is shit. Really fucking shit.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Ethics
September 27th 2012



4112 Comments


fuck this shit!!!!

Sleaper
September 27th 2012



3321 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

haha yeeeew.
the fact that this has guy sebastian on it is enough to make it below average.
Then add in every other song and its erghh.

Cardboardbox
September 27th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

preachy and full of pretentious flawed logic

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2012



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this album is a whole lot of fun

seneca89
September 28th 2012



29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Middle of the album is pretty weak, I think this is probably better than Lasers though. Might possibly bump this to a 3.5 after some more listens.

MMX
September 28th 2012



4784 Comments


this is lame

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

nnnope
September 28th 2012



418 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the t.r.o.y beat sounds pretty incredible remade with session musicians

UnkleUrple
September 29th 2012



129 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What the fuck happened to Lupe.

sixdegrees
September 29th 2012



16802 Comments


damn, I still need to listen to this.

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

TooLateToGoBack
September 29th 2012



1753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Better than Lasers, but that ain't sayin' much.

Sleaper
September 29th 2012



3321 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

lasers had a couple of stand out tracks..
all black everything and show goes on. I know they arent amazing but they were half decent.

This album hasnt got a single track worth remembering. To me.. that is the definition of a poorly constructed album.

Rac321
September 29th 2012



3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wtf this album isn't as bad as some of you are making it out to be.
It's a good album.

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 29th 2012



4854 Comments


these ratings are really really inconsistent

Sleaper
September 30th 2012



3321 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"Wtf this album isn't as bad as some of you are making it out to be."
says the guy who has 1 comment and 5d this.
I bet rac321 is lupe tryin to boost his own ratingz haha



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