16 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having stepped into the spotlight on Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky,” Lupe Fiasco fully crystallizes his fresh, soulful brand of sociopolitical hip-hop. Food & Liquor showcases the rising Chi-Town star’s masterful blend of cutting lyrics and unconventional muses. Take the brash, brassy bluster of “Kick, Push,” which follows a young man’s relationship with his skateboard, while “The Instrumental” examines the specter of TV addiction. Elsewhere, the unapologetic ”American Terrorist" sees Fiasco discussing the misconceptions of Islam in America.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having stepped into the spotlight on Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky,” Lupe Fiasco fully crystallizes his fresh, soulful brand of sociopolitical hip-hop. Food & Liquor showcases the rising Chi-Town star’s masterful blend of cutting lyrics and unconventional muses. Take the brash, brassy bluster of “Kick, Push,” which follows a young man’s relationship with his skateboard, while “The Instrumental” examines the specter of TV addiction. Elsewhere, the unapologetic ”American Terrorist" sees Fiasco discussing the misconceptions of Islam in America.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
569 Ratings

569 Ratings

K1NG of Smokingsection.net ,

The best CD of the year

Despite a leak of his album, Lupe Fiasco has put together a beautiful album that is worth every cent. His flow is very unpredictable and sharp, matched with great music and on point lyricism, Lupe is becoming what I see as a Hip Hop Artist in the whole form of the phrase. Many have been speculating him bringing back real hip hop. If you want to support an arist that is trying to bring back lyricism to the game, purchase this album. 5 Stars!
K1NG
Smokingsection.net

ScooterKSU ,

Come in Hip-Hop We've Come to Resurrect You

As a hip-hop purist, I believe that the art form should only be preformed by young black men from New York City. There are very few exceptions to this rule including the Beastie Boys and Kanye West. The latter from Chicago, a city that is poised to become an exception to the rule by itself as Chi-Town has also brought us Common and Rhymefest. The latest from the Windy City is Lupe Fiasco who made a name for himself last year jumping on West’s Touch the Sky. West then returned the favor by producing The Cool off of Lupe’s debut album, Food & Liquor.

The album itself breaks two of the most annoying rap clichés of recent years one of which is rapper no longer seem able to holds it down for complete albums instead bringing in guests for more than half their album. But on Food & Liquor, the newly un-retired Jay-Z, who tried to sign Lupe to Def Jam, is the lone marquee name. The other cliché Fiasco avoids is the content as it is refreshing to hear a rap album that doesn’t rely on stories of gangbanging, drugs, or denigrating women all of which Lupe avoids thanks to his strict Muslim upbringing.

But there are a few major names behind the scenes. Aside from Kanye, The Neptunes produced the standout track I Gotcha. Then Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame handles the boards for The Instrumental that have a very LP feel thanks to the chorus by Jonah Matranga (Lupe and Jonah both made guest appearances on Shinoda’s side project’s, Fort Minor, album). But for the most of the album Fiasco is on his own developing his own style. The sound of the album is diverse melting pot of musical sounds from the rock of Real, to the horns of the skateboard anthem Kick, Push, to the staccato piano of I Gotcha to the sixties R&B of Daydreamin’ featuring Jill Scott, and one of the few samples is one of Burt Bacharach on He Said She Said.

But the problem with the album is that it is missing that one big track. I Gotcha can pull you in, but there really isn’t anything that will keep the casual fan around. And you can completely skip the ten-plus minute track where Fiasco is basically reading his thank you page from his liner notes. But Lupe really needs to hook up with a producer that can better mold his sound much like underground legend Common did on his latest album when he brought Kanye West. Once that happens, Lupe will be a rapper that we can look forward to listen to for years to come.

CleanLyrics1234 ,

Muslim rappers... you can tell that this album is nothing you've ever heard before

This is one of the most revolutionary albums of all time. Lupe proves that you don't have to talk about girls or cars to make a good rap album. Here are my 5 favorite songs on the album:

1. Kick Push: One of the best songs ever. It has a great, simple beat. Lupe's weezy, start and stop style has some wierd, strange appeal, that had me hooked the first time I heard it. A song about skateboarding, Fiasco is willing to visit new subjects.
2. Daydreamin feat. Jill Scott: An EXTREMELY addicting song! It might not appeal to you at first, but listen to it a few times: the lyrics are very interesting, and the song itself is actually really good too.
3. Pressure feat Jay-Z: Most songs with Jay-Z are pretty good, and this keeps the tradition going. I love the chorus: listen to the preview and you can here it. Plus, it has a great beat.
4. The Instumental feat. Jonah Matranga: Reminds me strangely of "changes" by Tupac. A fast song with a soft beat, with another great chorus.
5. I Gotcha: A song that could be a lot better if the beat were different. The beat is terrible. However, in this song, Lupe shows that he can rhyme almost without breathing, sort of like ludacris.

A GREAT ALBUM all the way through. Buy every song and you won't be dissapointed.

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