Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 [Explicit]
 
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Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 [Explicit]

September 25, 2012

$10.49
Song Title Artist
Time
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1
Ayesha Says (Intro) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
1:56
2
Strange Fruition (feat. Casey Benjamin) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
3:41
3
Ital (Roses) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:24
4
Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:15
5
Audubon Ballroom [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:40
6
Bitch Bad [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:49
7
Lamborghini Angels [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
3:16
8
Put Em Up [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
3:56
9
Heart Donor (feat. Poo Bear) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:00
10
How Dare You (feat. Bilal) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:09
11
Battle Scars Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian
4:10
12
Brave Heart (feat. Poo Bear) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
3:25
13
Form Follows Function [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:22
14
Cold War (feat. Jane $$$) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
6:27
15
Unforgivable Youth (feat. Jason Evigan) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
4:55
16
Hood Now (Outro) [Explicit] Lupe Fiasco
6:21


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
  • Copyright: 2012 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 1:08:46
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B009AQM9NQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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A must listen for any fan of great music, and TRUE MC'ing.
PAWII
Real music....real lyrics.....real talent........real message...... real truth........just real.
drownsomebody
A good song, just one that doesn't really fit in great with the rest of the album.
Chris

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B Wil on October 31, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
First, let me preface this review with my experience as a Lupe listener. I got put onto Lupe in 06 or so with some of his mixtape work. Articulate and clever. A wordsmith if there ever was one. His first release, "Food & Liquor", was more of an extension of his mixtape work. It contained several songs from those works that had already been released with a few new tracks worked in. It was great. What made Food & Liquor great was Lupe's incredible rhyme skills, his fresh perspective - a "from the streets" but not "in the streets" take on the hood - and the production. The production on his first LP was outstanding. The gritty samples, soulfully melodic instrumentals that served as the perfect balance to his less-than-gritty content.

With the abandonment of that production with his next album "The Cool", the quality suffered a bit. The beats were decent at best. But the content was not missing a thing. Lupe was still sharp and very inventive. Although, the mood of the album without that gritty, samply, hip-hop production was different.

This is why "Lasers" was so disappointing. Rumors flew about the reasons for the let down. Somewhere between the label interference and his own hangups with the project, Lasers was the most un-Lupe album ever. The production was so pop and cheesy. The rhymes were no longer razor sharp and thought provoking. It was a crossover, commercial, underachievement that none of his original followers appreciated.

Now, for those of you who became Lupe fans more recently, I can see how Food & Liquor II seems like a good album. It's basically Lasers with slightly a little more grit. But for those of us who remember the street savvy Lupe with mind-blowing rhymes and incredible production, this album is not up to par.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful By SAMM on October 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a long-time, avid Lupe Fiasco fan from the "Kick Push" days who has listened to all his albums, and as an African-American who has been touched by Lupe's music, I really wanted to love Food & Liquor 2 (F&L2). It was easily my most anticipated album of the year.

Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to "Food & Liquor I" (F&L). It doesn't even live up to "The Cool". I would say both of these previous albums were classics of the last decade. The way he always painted sometimes heartwarming, sometimes dark and tragic stories of pain and struggle in modern urban life and the ghetto always gripped and moved me, which made Lupe one of my favorite rappers of all time.

On F&L2, I saw that Lupe has become less of a storyteller, and more of a lecturer...which is most likely a reflection of his evolving, if not eyebrow-raising extremism in the Obama age. While Lupe was always a bit of an activist and spokesperson for the ghetto and urban youth, he has seemingly become more radical in the Obama age (his extreme Obama critiques, refusing to vote, etc.), and has developed a messiah complex that is weighing down the overall enjoyment and quality of his music. I say this, because it's written all over F&L2, and is the main thing weighing the album down from the landmark, industry-shaking album it could have been.

As I said before, the expert, moving storytelling of F&L1 and "The Cool" is barely present on F&L2 at all. Lupe, instead, lectures--a lot. The worst offender is "Form Follows Function"; the song title even sounds like a lecture title, and the song unfolds as such. The lackluster production doesn't help the replayability of the song--but that's perhaps not surprising, since his themes relegated the entire song as just a backdrop for his message.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe L on October 1, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
It is a good album, enjoyed it, worth the purchase. Not close to the level of Food & Liquor, but it is definitely better than Lasers. It's comparable to The Cool, although The Cool is way more consistent, more high points and less low points.

16 tracks long (not counting the 12 second 17th), the album is on the longer side although it isn't that hard of a listen. In my opinion the second half of the album is a lot better, more of that '05-'08 Lupe that everyone grew to love. The production is average, standouts being Strange Fruition, Audubon Ballroom, Lamborghini Angels, Brave Heart, Unforgivable Youth, Hood Now. Those songs have above average production with complementary lyricism. Some tracks on the album will have you bored with Lupe's overly clever wordplay. Listen to it for yourself, my bet is you'll enjoy it, at least for a listen or two. It's his 3rd best album out of 4.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roger Rabbit on September 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I knew Lupe wasn't gonna put out 2 bad albums in a row this CD is the bomb Lupe always kills it Lyrically but nobody ever talks about his beat selection, the beats on here are flawless he stepped up in production but here are some of my favorite tracks 1. Put Em Up 2. Lamborghini Angels 3. Ital Roses 4. Braveheart 5. Strange Fruition (classic way to start an album) so there you have it those are my top 5 tracks I actually could make another 5 but ill just keep it short BEST HIP HOP ALBUM OF 2012 go buy it you'll be pleased.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on October 27, 2012
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In an "error" where lyrical gifttedness is almost shunned, it is quite refreshing to know that a high profile artist like Lupe can still have an album produced and distributed while staying true to his original form. Artists inevitably evolve as their careers progress and oftentimes, from an artistic standpoint, stray away from what made them so endeared by the public. After listening to this album, I was very happy to know that he hasn't, for his sake and mine. Bold statement: "One of the most lyrically tight rap albums I've ever heard...real talk" Bravo!!
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