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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 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000FS9MTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco sets no boundaries for himself as he creates a revolutionary brand of alternative hip-hop in which he shares his mind through original storytelling techniques. He takes hip-hop off the streets and onto the half pipe, off the streets and into the sneaker shops, off the streets and into the hands and in front of real people.

Let's see...a rap artist is hyped insufferably, his music is leaked incessantly, his album is delayed indefinitely, the hype grows, rinse, repeat. Welcome to the world of pop music in 2006, when "unauthorized" Internet seepage can somehow manage to simultaneously make and break an aspiring young performer. Lupe Fiasco's unfinished debut CD was slathered all over the Web for months, like some sort of Lonelygirl15, before finally seeing the legitimate light of day. That said, the Chicago-bred rapper, who rose to prominence thanks to his "Touch the Sky" collab with Kanye West, is hardly a slouch. His skittering, low-key rapping style is truly distinctive, and his lyrics are mostly thoughtful and creative without being heavy-handed. Despite frequent comparisons to "thinking man's rappers" from Tribe and De La Soul to Nas, the most apt comparison might be to Kanye West himself: Like West, Fiasco rises above the trappings of the street without sounding condescending or out of touch, and his sound has the same "timeless" quality--partly old-school, partly of the moment. Yet somehow, Food & Liquor isn't quite a home run either; it lacks fire and it cries out for an infectious track or two that really sticks. Still, Lupe distinguishes himself as an artist to watch. --Marc Greilsamer

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Lupe has a pretty good flow and the production was great.
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor is one of the best albums I've heard in a long while.
Ryan Rogers
I recommend that anyone who is into good music gets this album.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Crystalline Green on September 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can't express in words how much I love this album. There's some albums I just vibe to right away, and then there's some I start liking after a few listens. This was the former. Upon my first listen I was bobbing my head to the beats with a smile on my face. I agree with a lot of reviewers when they said that this is just what hip hop needed. The majority of rap is being plagued by mediocre mc's who care more about their chain and their street cred then the lyrics they let flow from their mouth. It's time people supported REAL MUSIC. Favorites include "Kick push" "Instrumental" "Sunshine" "Daydreamin" "He Say She Say" and "Hurt Me Soul". I can't even really pick a bad song on the entire album. Go out and get this now!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rodnick Darden on September 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
All I can say to begin this is that the kid is something special! Then again, I really knew that from the moment he spit his verse on Kanye's Touch The Sky. It had me asking who was that on the last verse of that track cause that boy is hot. His verse totally outshined Kanye on his own track. I knew he was on the verge of putting his own album out. Once I heard word that it was dropping sometime this summer, I was in anticipation ever since. The most anticipation that I have had for an album in a long time cause you knew that he was going to come with that hip hop you wanted to hear and longing for. It kept upsetting me when the release date got pushed back twice. It must have been that it was so hot that it kept leaking on the Internet. That's when you know you DO have something special.

Finally, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor came out yesterday and I must say he did not disappoint and totally exceeded expectations. The whole album from start to finish is truly a blessing to the game and world of hip hop and if you are a fan of true music, this is a CD for you! Like the album cover suggests, he takes a lot of different elements & layers (thoughts and feelings) of himself and blends them into the center of his life and that is through the stereo for us to hear. He blends in a lot of styles, patterns and beats as he has the definite hip hop flavor along with some soulful blues, jazz and rock.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Rott on September 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In the midst of the "hip-hop is dead" stigma that currently plagues the game looms a young visionary from the windy city set to make a positive impact: meet Lupe Fiasco. Unless you've been hiding in a cave for the past year, you should know the name by now; after commercially premiering as a guest on Kanye West's smash hit "Touch the Sky", Lupe Fiasco became a house-hold name over-night for many, earning a legion of fans in a nearly cult-like following. Deemed by many as a "representative" for the "next generation of hip-hop," and backed by none other than Jay-Z, the "president of hip-hop", Lupe Fiasco has established a strong position in the game in a relatively short amount of time. With high anticipation partly fueled by a couple leaked versions of the album, deemed "classics" by many hip-hop critics, does the official release of Food & Liquor live up to the hype?

"Kick Push", a vivid and heartfelt ode to skateboarding, was Food & Liquor's first single. In spite of the track's high praises and success, many argued that Lupe was just a "skateboard rapper", whatever that means. Food & Liquor tears down any misconceptions people may have had, as Lupe proves that he is in fact a very intricate and multi-faceted individual. A practicing Muslim, Lupe starts off the album with a message in Arabic: "Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem" (translation: "In the name of Allah, the most Kind and the most Merciful.") Over a speaker-thumping beat, Lupe explains his philosophy: "the world and everything in it is made up of a mix of two things: you've got your good, and your bad. You've got your food and your liquor." This philosophy represents the constant tug-of-war he and others face: the struggle between good (food) & bad (liquor, which is prohibited in Islam).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Morgan on September 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Finally the wait is over. I'm going to say it right now, Food & Liquor is best cd of 2006 bar none!

When I got my advance copy I didn't know what to expect because I had already heard so many of the leaked records, it was interesting to see what songs didn't make the final cut (Lupe The Killer, Happy Industries, and the alternate version of Kick Push II among others). However what did make the cut is a treasure trove of real hip hop music. Lupe goes completely left and touches on topics no other MC has come even close to doing in recent years. Standout tracks include, well the whole thing! See this is one of the few complete cds that you can put on and just leave on. 'He Say She Say', 'Sunshine', and 'The Cool' all show Lupe's storytelling skills brightly. 'American Terrorist' is excellent and if released will surely get people talking. `The Instrumental' is hot and highlights Lupe's lyrical skills well. 'Hurt Me Soul' is a great introspective track and again like nothing any hip hop MC has released in a while.

The production is on point, guests appearances limited but certainly talented, so if you don't have it, go get it and tell a friend!
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Who sings on American Terrorist?
he's on both.
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Can't wait....
I agree a cousin of mine works in the music industry and managed to get me a copy of this cd today Friday 15 2006. The album is excellent its well put together and should be considered a classic instantly.This album includes some of the best creative lyricism ive heard in years.
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