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In 2006, a skater kid from Chicago made his solo debut with the excellent Food and Liquor and created a bona fide manifesto that spoke to socially conscious 80s babies. In 2012, with the release of Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Fiasco reveals the extent of his evolution. Against a background of synthesized future pop, Fiasco deconstructs heavyweight topics with an undeniable flow.


1. Ayesha Says (Intro)
2. Strange Fruition (Feat. Casey Benjamin)
3. ITAL (Roses)
4. Around My Way (Freedom Ain t Free)
5. Audubon Ballroom
6. B*tch Bad
7. Lamborghini Angels
8. Put Em Up
9. Heart Donor (Feat. Poo Bear)
10. How Dare You (Feat. Bilal)
11. Battle Scars (with Guy Sebastian)
12. Brave Heart (Feat. Poo Bear)
13. Form Follows Function
14. Cold War (Feat. Jane $$$)
15. Unforgivable Youth (Feat. Jason Evigian)
16. Hood Now (Outro)
17. Things We Must Do For Others

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B008J2F3HG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 48 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 49 people found the following review helpful By SAMM on October 1, 2012
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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
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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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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paradigm on September 25, 2012
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Let me just say I respect and admire Lupe more than any other artist, in any genre {and my tastes are wide and eclectic} BAR NONE. It's so rare in music today to find such lyrical substance. Or ANY lyrical substance honestly....I'm an intellectual guy and an artist myself and I get alot of inspiration from ppl like Lupe. Instead of the same old things he makes you go and google things....You sit there and you listen to his albums and you just know and feel, its evident you're listening to a piece of art, crafted by an artist, planned out, heart,soul, passion, intellect poured into it. I havent even started on the consistency Lupe has, there are VERY few artists whose cds Id go and buy no matter what....again, itsjust rare and refreshig to see an artist, especially a rap artist { a genre which is great for vibrant poetry and intellectual excersie when its actually done} who hasnt sold out and dumbed down to sell more {HEY thats a Lupe song!} is they werent just one in a plethora of taletless tools who come and go with the same thoughless, useless, shallow, empty, repetitive crap that all sounds the same....

As for this cd specifically, I still put The Cool as his best cd overall, start to finish. This one was good though. All his stuff is. There were only 2 or 3 songs I didnt care for. Unlike some ppl I liked Lasers alot as well minus a few horrible releting-to-label-pressure shallow tracks {read the inner cd lining message of LASERS, loved the concept}. My top tracks are "unforgivable Youth", "Cold War", "audubon Ballroom", "Strage Fruition" and "ITAL roses". BUt again most of the tracks are tight.....I HOPE mr. Fiasco does keep making music for a long time....it is greatly needed.....
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