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

Lupe FiascoAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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On March 8th, critically acclaimed rapper Lupe Fiasco returns with one of the most heavily anticipated releases in recent years, a revolutionary album called LASERS, reaching new heights of lyrical and musical mastery, while aiming to reach even bigger audiences.

The album has already spawned an exuberant hit single, “The Show Goes On,” which re-introduced Fiasco to fans ... Read more in Amazon's Lupe Fiasco Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B008J2F3HG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe this is just who Lupe is now... October 31, 2012
By B Wil
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
3.0 out of 5 stars More Lecturing Than Food for Thought 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lupe's 3rd best album October 1, 2012
By Joe L
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupe Does It Again!! September 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Like most Lupe fans... I didn't really care for Lasers, it was too short, and a lot of the tracks had the exact same sound, which wasn't anything like F&L and The Cool.

Food & Liquor 2 (pt.1) is a perfect album for any Lupe fan and makes me completely forget all about the Lasers ordeal. Every track (except Heart Donor) is an exceptional reminder of why this guy is one of the greatest to ever pick up a mic.

Lupe gets it going right off the bat with Strange Fruition and ITAL (Roses) with great beats and off-the-chart rhymes. Around My Way has a good feel to it. B*tch Bad and Lamborghini Angels are both great tracks to turn up and bump, but still have a deeper meaning to them. One of my favorites is Put Em Up, it reminds me a bit of Dumb it Down with a simpler beat that really gets you focused on the lyrics. We get back into that classic hip hop feel with How Dare You and then back to another banger with Battle Scars.

I'll stop there as I don't want to get into a track-by-track review. For a fan of Lupe since F&L, this is a great addition to his catalog and will probably end up being my favorite album of 2012.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.....
Meh... not the best. Not the worst.
Published 3 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Lupe is A skilled rapper...very Lyrical!
Anyone who says that this man isn't great at what he does not have an ear for music and can't understand him. This album is great. I have always been a Lupe fan. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good but not on the same level as Food & Liquor. There are few good tracks on this one but I didn't like the musical direction on this one.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best overall hip-hop albums that I have heard in a long...
I think anyone who professes to be a hip-hop fiend or a fan of hip-hop music should definitely cop this album - it's wholesome, entertaining, and strictly HIP-HOP!
Published 12 months ago by Camelot Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Does it again
What can you say? Lupe Fiasco does it again with introspective and creative works of art that teach, inspire, and entertain the masses.
Published 13 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars L.U.P.E
Lupe's purpose of releasing this album should be the focus of why you buy this album. There are many things wrong with this country and Lupe highlights what he believes is wrong... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patricio Quezada
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have
A must have for any true lover of hip hop. Some songs can be a lil preachy but the delivery and message are awesome. Some of his best work in my opinion.
Published 16 months ago by JakeCanon
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this CD for my GF and she is a huge Lupe Fiasco fan. I dont think she was too crazy about this album though...
Published 17 months ago by Lissette Vergara
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but it's censored
Um, didn't realized I was buying the censored version since it says nothing about that on the product description : / But the album is awesome.
Published 17 months ago by Mariposa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Wonderful thoughtful music! Lupe Rocks! He never ceases to amaze me. He is a very a talented artist and I hope he is around for a long time.
Published 17 months ago by ncdweller
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