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Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

Lupe Fiasco

2006

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
Album Summary

Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (commonly referred to as Food & Liquor) is the debut studio album by American rapper Lupe Fiasco, released on September 19, 2006, on 1st & 15th Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The album features production from The Neptunes, Kanye West, Mike Shinoda, Craig Kallman, Prolyfic, Needlz, Soundtrakk, and Brandon Howard. Jay-Z, Chill, and Fiasco himself are credited as the executive producers for the album. Songs on the record discuss poverty, Islam, terrorism, racism, and individuality. Originally, the album was reported to have debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200; however, due to incomplete Nielsen SoundScan reports, the album actually debuted at number eight. The album received four Grammy Award nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. "Daydreamin'", featuring Jill Scott, won Best Urban/Alternative Song at the 50th Grammy Awards. The album was digitally re-released on September 13, 2011, to mark its 5th anniversary; this version features four new tracks. On April 30, 2015, Lupe Fiasco released a music video for "Just Might Be O.K.", nine years after the album's original release. The album cover of Food & Liquor was designed by Chuck Anderson and Righteous Kung Fu. It was inspired by a skateboard deck Fiasco owned. The cover shows Fiasco floating in air, surrounded by several items, including a Banksy postcard, a Nintendo DS, a sketchbook, the Qur'an, and a robot. He explained that the items were picked out carefully, as they were things he "carr[ied] around every day" In the liner notes, Fiasco parodies drug dealing by replacing liquor with milk and cookies, and drive-by shootings by replacing guns with books.

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3.11

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Mon Mar 20 2023
4

Very surprised by this one. Enjoyed the beats and the lyrics. Could have done without the 12 minute outro though.

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

Very, very good, with lots of light and shade. Some points where it is very funny, some where it is very serious, but overall it easily matches the standard of the big singles he had out. Only track that slightly grates is Outro - basically a list of everyone he has ever met!

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Mon Mar 20 2023
2

This was the precursor to an era of music that needs to be forgotten to time - 2010 R&B pop. You know who I'm talking about. Usher's Raymond v Raymond album. Taio Cruz with his The Rokstarr Hits Collection. Even Bruno Mars and his Doo-Wops & Hooligans album. All music that has millions upon millions of plays, but is so trashy the garbage man won't even pick it up from the side of the road. This album walked so they could run. But hey at least he made Battle Scars, that song slaps.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
1

If "Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor" was a restaurant they would serve a well done steak with undercooked fries and old lettuce, paired with a flat beer; unsatisfactory and a total waste of money and time. This is just a total fiasco!

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Wed Jun 07 2023
5

Somehow this passed me by at the time, but it's good. Very much in the Kanye West mold, which is no bad thing - I might be wrong, but it seems like West helped hip-hop break out of its gun-totin' misogyny and become more tender and inward-facing. "He Say, She Say" is heartbreaking, while "Daydreamin'" takes a sharp satirical knife to hip-hop culture.

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Sat Mar 25 2023
4

I listened to this album when I was first getting into hip hop and was really struck by the maximalist production, the socially conscious lyrics, and Lupe's instantly identifiable flow. For the most part, this album holds up. Some of the music and mid-2000s synth sound a bit dated now, but for the most part, I enjoy the diversity of music that Lupe incorporates. The last track really drags the album down, especially after Kick, Push II. As far as I'm concerned, the album should have ended there.

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Sat Mar 25 2023
4

Fresh and energetic and approachable, upbeat and responsible rap. "Kick, Push" and "Daydreamin'" are both great, likable and fun and different. The "food-liquor" dichotomy isn't exactly metaphysically impactful, though the religious and anti-sexism references suggest LF's heart's in the right place (as does the long list of gratitude shout-outs on the last cut [or remix or whatever]). However, creative and elevating it lacks a certain edge and urgency and feels a bit light overall, leaving one to wonder what he's done since.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
4

A fun rappy time. Kind of a Will Smith album for the new millennium (in an alternate reality where we aren't living in the Willennium, of course)... I like Lupe's rhymes and I like the perspective of someone a bit different (Chicago Muslim) than a lot of other rappers who are (vaguely) east/west coast christians.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
4

4 stars, groovy and funky, good guest spots

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Sun Apr 16 2023
4

This is an album I’ve been meaning to get around to as I’ve heard be referred to as an underrated ‘classic’. Also, since I’m a fan of Lupe’s newer releases I had high hopes for this record and for the most part they delivered. Firstly, I love how this album is presented, it’s more of an introduction to Lupe, as this is his debut album, which makes sense and is evident by the use of an intro and outro where Lupe introduces himself and also thanks everyone that helped/inspired him at the end. This means that within the album there’s not a lot of diversion in quality, there are definitely some stand out tracks, ‘Kick, Push’ definitely being one which tells of a young kid going out and skating all day, being moved from place to place as security tells him he can’t skate round here, he meets a girl who also skates on the way. It’s a perfect skating song filled with trumpets and smooth strings in the back, definitely a key moment. However, the quality of tracks doesn’t change from here, for example, ‘The Instrumental’ speaks on the rise of technology and how young kids are fixated on screens, more specifically TV, and what it tells them. The track is led by some groovy drums which really brings out Lupe’s rhyme scheme which is just fantastic. Another track is ‘Daydreamin’ where Lupe raps about his home town Chicago and also dreams about classic hip hop videos, the track is beautifully paired with a hook by Jill Scott who is also layered into the song later on into the track, a brilliant addition to the track. My favourite track, the stand out to me, is ‘He Say She Say’ which looks at the departure of a father from a family from 2 perspectives, first the mother of a child who complains to the father about how he’s not there for his son. The 2nd verse is almost a copy but from the son’s perspective which brought me to tears it’s a really honest performance from Lupe. I’d also like to mention the features on this record, for the most part they’re usually singing features which are great to add a bit of R&B/Soul to the tracks, especially on the hooks. Whereas the only rap feature is Jay-Z on ‘Pressure’ where he has a confident verse on the back end, definitely a stand out moment. I really really want to give this record 5 stars, there’s just so many quality tracks and I absolutely love the variety of content that is contained within these tracks however there’s just something missing for me, it’s a great record but it’s not perfect and with a run time of 1 hour and 12 mins I’m not sure I can justify 5 stars. Nevertheless this is an album I can say I really enjoyed and it will be something I return to.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
1

Good beats, good lyrics, good delivery, but for some reason it all sounds boring as hell.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
5

I honestly believe this is one of the greats. Lupes eloquent delivery mixed with some sick beats makes this a true masterpiece

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Mon Apr 17 2023
5

The whole album is just a good vibing flow.

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Wed Jun 07 2023
5

10/10 no notes needed, a trip down memory lane and just an absolutely incredible album.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

This is not my genre, but I actually enjoyed it. Some fun beats and catchy songs.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

No expectations but I quite liked it

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

This was way more fun than I was expecting.

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Sat Mar 18 2023
4

I've been trying to find that Daydreamin' song glad I finally know what it is

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Thu Apr 06 2023
4

I liked this - the production is great. I don't think I'll listen to it again, though.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
4

Didn’t recognize the name of this artist at all. Was very pleased with this album. In my mind, it is one of the best I’ve ever heard of it genre in terms of quality of the music and vocals stylings, particularly with regard to the use of back up vocals/singing mixed with the rap. Lupe flexes Is using several different techniques on the album. With regards to the music, there are several songs that have a strong R&B feel with hints of jazz, which I liked quite a bit. I enjoyed the album so much. I dug it into his library a little bit and recognize a few songs. I also enjoyed variety of topics and the smartness of the lyrics.. If there had been just a touch more variety in terms of tempo, I would have probably given this a five star rating, as it is, is very, very solid. This is the kind of album. I was hoping to hear when I joined into this 1001. Journey !!!

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Mon Mar 20 2023
3

so this is an album I love, but not top to bottom. Kick, Push, He Say She Say, Sunshine, Daydreamin’, American Terrorist, and Kick, Push II are all iconic to me. This album holds a special place in my heart, and I’m surprised it was on this list. Maybe there is hope for what’s to come… “My first picture was a lineup” - Jay Z, you performed at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally. Britney Spears has more street cred than you at this point. This outro seriously makes me consider dropping it to a 2. Wow. F*** you Lupe. “Shoutout Xhamster.com. That one vid I found on April 23, 2002 was amazing. I’ve searched for it for so long and still haven’t found it. Much love.”

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Thu Apr 27 2023
3

Alright we're just making up albums now. You can't convince me this existed before this exact moment. This album generator is a psyop - wake up sheeple. Objectively a "cool as fuck" record, but I am begging hip hop artists to shorten their albums. I will be returning to some of the songs here, like "Daydreamin'" (banger), but a big part of it is filler. Near the beginning especially - a rare phenomenon where the second half is better than the first. Also very cool of him to personally give a shoutout to every single person who has ever existed on planet Earth in that final song, very cool. Very glad I listened to the entire 12 minutes of that. Shoutouts to the western diamondback rattlesnake I ran over on the lunar eclipse of November 9th 2003 near Las Vegas strip. Rest in peace, bless his family.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
2

Listened Before? N Nahhhhhhhhh. Another post-y2k rapper that is so boring I can't take it. Sounds like Jay-Z wrote the whole thing which would be okay but it's not Jay-Z. I'm good. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Kick, Push

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Tue May 16 2023
2

You may know Lupe Fiasco from his guest verse on Kanye West's hit single Touch the Sky. I like that song. Despite this album's bombastic first few tracks, the album doesn't really kick in until the track Kick, Push, which has a jazzy boom-bap beat that Fiasco effortlessly floats on. His lyrics are very socially-conscious, which feels like a growing trend in the early 2000s as a reaction to the more violent hip hop of the 90s (and perhaps the violence of 9/11). I think this is mostly corny. The production is fine, it's just Fiasco's whole vibe that kills any of my interest. On top of being overly long, dated, and corny, the outro is effectively a waste of time. Few albums attempt to aim for grandiose and epic reputation, only to end up falling so short. I can only shrug.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
2

So Lupe’s “Food & Liquor” album, has been my 3rd straight rap album in a row this week – and I’m NOT a rap guy… The other 2 were “Stankoina by Outkast, and The Jungle Brothers “Done By The Forces Of Nature”… All that to say, that I am completely “rapped” out, as for some reason each of these albums was over an hour long… Additionally, I have heard a certain derogatory term more than 500 times this week between these 3 albums… Ugh… That said, I sorta enjoyed portions of Lupe’s album here, as his style is a bit more complex musically – which works for me, and it sounds like he may have been the rap derivative that Lin-Manuel Miranda later followed to fortune and fame – except without the historical component… I found Lupe’s lyrics to be far more clever than the other 2 rap albums I’ve referenced here, and his phrasing and delivery were more enjoyable as well… Best track was the one with Jay-Z “Pressure”, and the last track “Outro” was completely unnecessary – as it is nothing more than a 12-minute musical background track, where Lupe essentially thanks everyone who has helped his musical career since middle-school… Yaaah – that was a bit much, but the album is still a solid 2 for me…

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Sat Apr 15 2023
5

An instant classic from an MC who just can’t miss. Check out his album Tetsuo & Youth for a bonafide hip hop masterpiece.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
5

pretty confident in saying that this is my favorite rap album i’ve ever listened to

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Sat Jun 10 2023
5

Loupé Fiasco avait tendu le baton pour se faire battre avec un nom pareil, il n'en sera rien. Un véritable régal pour les oreilles est cet album de rap à la pochette d'un mauvais goût inégalable.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

Fantastic album covering Lupe's youth. Loved it to bits

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

This album has a Real nostalgic place in my heart. I listened to it a lot back in my teenage years. Blasting it while playing Need for Speed Underground 2. There are some peak '00's poppy hip hop bangers on this album. The production is really of its time and at the same time still fresh over 15 years later. The hooks and choruses are so catchy and forever imprinted in my mind.

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Fri Jun 30 2023
5

Hot take: Lupe Fiasco > Kanye West I mean, not even now after West's continuous descent. When they were both breaking in during the mid 2000s, and comparing their debut albums, Fiasco was better. I think West's early work is really good. But "Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" is a top notch alternative hip hop album. I wasn't really listening to hip hop much at the time though, and despite hearing and enjoying "Kick, Push," I never listened to the whole album. The whole thing is consistently amazing. I recognized "Daydreamin'," and while that stood out, there were so many tracks nearly it's equal. I now wish I had listened to more Lupe Fiasco, and am hopeful that his later career kept up these heights. I did learn in reading about his work that he worked with the Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, on "I Gotcha." As far as I can tell, the Neptunes produced songs on a few 1001 albums, but none of their albums as the Neptunes or N.E.R.D. or Pharrell's solo albums made the list. That's probably to be expected, but their role as hitmaking producers over the last 2 1/2 decades deserves to be recognized. I had no idea that their big breakthrough was writing Teddy Riley's Riley's verse on Wreckx-n-Effect's 1992 hit "Rump Shaker!"

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

Wasn't too sure what I'd think about this one going into it. However, I found myself enjoying this quite a lot, and I ended up recognising a couple of songs. It had some great instrumentation and impeccable flow, and everything came together to make a record that was a funky, groovy vibe. There's some really good storytelling and social commentary here too! Mm, just a really good 00's rap album. Favourite: Kick, Push

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Wed Sep 13 2023
5

Pristine work of art. Not a mediocre track on the album.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

I remember when Lupe blew up but I never really gave his records a chance. Wow I was missing out on a lot. What a strong debut album. First of all, the production is crazy. Second, almost all the tracks are strong, except for the super long and obnoxious outro track. I'll give that one a pass because it was certainly a product of the times. The main highlight for me was "Kick, Push". As a skater kid growing up, this one hits home incredibly hard and might be one of my favorite tracks right now. Very impressed.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
5

Wow, I really liked this. Well written, thoughtful lyrics. Good shit here. Would def listen again.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

1. Intricate Lyricism: Lupe Fiasco's lyricism on "Food & Liquor" is nothing short of remarkable. He showcases an exceptional command of language and a penchant for intricate wordplay. He effortlessly weaves complex metaphors and vivid storytelling into his verses. Tracks like "Kick, Push" and "American Terrorist" are prime examples of his lyrical prowess. 2. Social Commentary: The album is notable for its thought-provoking social and political commentary. Lupe addresses a wide range of topics, from the struggles of the African American community in songs like "Hurt Me Soul" to broader issues of American society and global politics in tracks like "American Terrorist." His ability to combine storytelling with deep insight sets "Food & Liquor" apart. 3. Conceptual Cohesion: The album demonstrates a strong sense of conceptual cohesion. It explores themes of duality, the struggle for identity, and the contrast between good and evil, symbolized by the references to "food" and "liquor" in the title. This thematic consistency makes for a satisfying listening experience. 4. Diverse Production: The production on "Food & Liquor" is both diverse and impressive. Producers like Kanye West, The Neptunes, and Soundtrakk contribute to the album's eclectic sound. From the jazzy and soulful beats of "Daydreamin'" to the gritty and energetic production on "I Gotcha," the instrumentals complement Lupe's lyrics effectively. 5. Unique Storytelling: Lupe Fiasco is a master storyteller, and this skill shines through in tracks like "The Cool" and "He Say She Say." He creates vivid, emotionally resonant narratives that draw the listener into the lives of the characters he portrays. 6. Memorable Tracks: "Food & Liquor" is packed with memorable tracks. "Kick, Push," an ode to skateboarding and love, is a standout single, as is "Daydreamin'" featuring Jill Scott. "The Cool" and "American Terrorist" are other tracks that leave a lasting impression. 7. Thoughtful Features: The album features collaborations with artists like Jay-Z and Jill Scott, who enhance the project's overall quality and message. 8. Impact and Legacy: "Food & Liquor" is often cited as one of the most influential rap albums of the 2000s. It introduced Lupe Fiasco as a socially conscious and intellectually stimulating rapper, inspiring a generation of artists to embrace storytelling and lyricism. 9. Criticism: While the album received widespread acclaim, some critics argued that it was too dense and intellectual for mainstream audiences. However, this complexity is also what makes it a timeless classic for fans of conscious hip-hop. In conclusion, "Food & Liquor" is a masterpiece of hip-hop artistry. Lupe Fiasco's intelligent and intricate lyricism, combined with the album's conceptual cohesion, social commentary, and diverse production, make it a landmark release in the genre. It continues to be celebrated as a vital contribution to hip-hop's legacy and is a must-listen for anyone appreciating the fusion of thought-provoking lyricism and innovative production in rap music.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

I really liked this album. There were a couple songs i already knew but most of it was new. This is the style of hip hop I am most familiar with and it was a fun listen.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

"The instrumental" and hey "say she say" my favorite tracks on this album, "hurt me soul" and "kick, push" all the other songs were good but didn't stand out as much imo

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

Other than the intro and outro that thanks over 100 people this album is great. Jay-Z feat wasn't aware of. 4.5 but rounding up.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

Lupe Fiasco sounds like a fun name. You wouldn’t forget if one of your friends started going by such a name, would you? Apple Music says this is R&B/Soul, which is rarely to my tastes, but let’s see how this goes. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Kick Push, Hurt Me Soul First of all, as far as I can tell, this album would be much better described as hip hop rather than R&B. There isn’t much hip hop that really hooks me. I like some, but it’s only been Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar that have blown me away. Until today. This album is phenomenal. I love how it shows innocence of an adolescent skater transitioning into an adult with their own hardships and difficulties. The flows are great, and the samples are all so catchy. I’d never heard of Lupe Fiasco before today, but now I’d massively recommend you listen.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

I was a fan of “Kick, Push” when it was released but hadn’t heard much else from Lupe. I remember liking “Superstar” which came out the next year, but I didn’t know he performed it. The thing that differentiates those songs, and many of the songs on this album, from the rest of the hip-hop around, is their musicality: nice melodies, catchy self-penned choruses, and a squad of vocalists, including Lupe. It also doesn’t have a lot of filler - songs 12 and 13, “Pressure” and especially “American Terrorist” are among my favorites. Matthew Santos voice is a great addition to the mix.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

The instrumentals are really good. Some of the piano riffs are top notch. The lyrics are also really good, from what I can catch. My brain generally doesn't work fast enough for me to understand rapping. High key, this is a really good album. There hasn't really been a single dud song on the album. Even the songs that aren't among the best on the album have moments of excellence.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

As a fellow Chicago boy that was 18 when this album came out, it just spoke to me. Truly enjoyed it and brought me back to my young adult years driving around the city. Favorite songs: Kick Push, He Say She Say, Daydreamin

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor Debut album by Lupe Fiasco. What I found interesting while listening to this album, is the different themes throughout it. We get songs about Poverty, Islam, terrorism, and racism. I found it really interesting as I didn't know he was Muslim and to listen to a hip hop album tackle these topics from that perspective was a breath of fresh air. As mentioned, Lupe is Muslim and as most would note, the title seems a bit strange for someone of his faith. He's also from Chicago and in an interview he states that Chicago does not have bodegas like in NYC. They have food and liquor stores on every corner. He states the album is a look at good (food) vs evil (liquor). I really enjoyed this album. I knew of Lupe from his guest verses on songs by other artist, and this album gives us his voice and a perspective from someone we wouldn't hear from in our daily lives. 5/5

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Sun Feb 04 2024
5

I did not see this one coming! Awesome album beginning to end. Even the ludicrous 12 minute Outro was good. Highly produced and highly enjoyable.

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

I’d never heard of this guy before but this album was great, I really enjoyed it.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Phenomenal album, classic hip hop sound but early Lupe is lyrical, tight and refreshing to listen to track after track.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

One of the best albums of the 00's

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Thu Nov 09 2023
5

awesome hip hop album. love the story and hard times of chicago. miss rap like this.

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

Intro (3 minutes) and Outro (12 minutes!) were dumb and overlong, and everything in between was pretty phenomenal.

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Tue Mar 14 2023
4

Een van de betere hiphop albums. Ik deel de mening over veel vulgaire teksten en vrouw onvriendelijkheid ook wel

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Sat Apr 22 2023
4

This one was an interesting one. It was pretty long, but I didn't really begin to feel that until the last couple songs, mainly the outro. I liked the beats more than I expected to and I quite liked the flow. The songs had interesting ideas that made me like the album more than a usual rap album. The outro was, while long, a cool idea and funny at times as well. It was basically movie credits, but for an album. I'd say it's a light four, but that's pretty good considering I don't really like rap. My favourite songs were American Terrorist and Kick, Push.

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Mon Apr 24 2023
4

The deluxe version of this thing came out as a fifth anniversary edition, telling you all you need to know about the suspension of disbelief necessary. Lupe earns it fairly, backed up by a stupendous producing cast, covering all sorts of ground with a voice that remains unique. Plenty is immediately moving, but the vision is always broader than that, always pushing what could possibly fit on an LP. The outro is particularly bizarre formally, but always brackets the listen well.

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Thu May 04 2023
4

"Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor" is the debut album by American rapper Lupe Fiasco. No less than eleven people produce including Jay-Z, Prolific, Soundtrack and The Neptunes. Categorized as hop hop and conscious hip hip, lyrics deal with poverty, Islam, terrorism, poverty and individuality. This is all done in an uplifting way. The album received four Grammy nominations winning one in Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Daydreamin'." "Intro" starts in spoken word as Lupe's sister, I believe, describes the food (good) & liquor (bad) stores in Chicago. God. Islam. Strings goes to a beat. The second song "Real" adds backing vocals by Sarah Green as Lupe describes making music he doesn't have to be ashamed of. A nice sample of Harvey Mason's 1981 "How Does It Feel." Speaking of samples. The first single "Kick, Push" opens with a "Bolero Melody" sample by Celeste Legaspi. Heavy strings. Lupe's love for skateboarding and, in general, being criticized for doing what he loves. "Kick-Push-Kick-Coast." The second single "I Gotcha" has some great peppy piano, synth and production by The Neptunes. Describing himself and his rap style...Lupe's got cha. "Daydreamin" samples a cover "Daydream in Blue" by I Monster. A middle-eastern beat. Soulful. An adventure though the eye of a robot critiquing hip hop. An original, busy song. The originality continues in "American Terrorist." Jazzy. More Middle Eastern music. Matthew Santos guests and there's a Latin flair. Misconceptions of Islam in America and racism and gang culture. Lupe covers a lot of topics and it's done in more of a poppy and life affirming way. I think the use of strings and production give it that feel. Nice use of backing vocals and guests. Solid rapping. Definitely worth a listen.

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Wed May 10 2023
4

Album 39 of 1001 Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Favorite Track : He Say She Say, Real, Daydreamin' Rating : 4 / 5 I wasn't supposed to like this, but I did. I enjoyed it immensely. A reminder of why I'm doing this.

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Mon May 15 2023
4

Whoa. I was not in the mood for a generic hip hop album today - and so I braced myself when the first tracks hit - but when ‘Kick, Push’ came up not only did I realise I was not listening to your average ‘guns, cars and ho’s’ hip hop album but a true delight of a record. The Jay-Z sound puts it squarely in a good mood place and every track is impeccably produced - and Lupe rhymes with gusto and panache from start the finish - loved this one and what a pleasant surprise. And can’t commend enough a hip hop track that rallies against misogyny in the genre.

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Thu May 25 2023
4

This is actually a cohesive album. The first two tracks are relatively unnecessary, but it's not bad.

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Sun May 28 2023
4

Also this one was removed from the latest editions of the book. 3.5/5

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Sat Jun 10 2023
4

I must admit, I missed this one when it came out, as I was losing touch with hip hop at the time, but that was a mistake. I rather enjoyed this. That outro was kind of ridiculous though. Guess you can't say he isn't grateful. Fave track: "Pressure" w/ Jay Z Skips: "The Instrumental" w/ Jonah Matranga

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Sat Jun 10 2023
4

Heck of a debut - great songs, fresh perspective, big time collaborators. Too long though.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
4

This kind of lush hip hop with fast paced and intricate lyrics is a side of the genre I hadn't gotten into much. It's very good, and interesting.

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Mon Jun 12 2023
4

Pretty good album. A few really good tracks, and none that are awful.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
4

Enjoyed this more than I expected to

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Sun Jun 25 2023
4

Still sounds as new and revolutionary as it did back then. Top class lyricism, flow, storytelling, impeccable production and guest musicians.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
4

Of its age... essentially has 2 intros, the terrible outro, attempts to sing without a singing voice (-1*). Also, luxurious beats, really lovely production, decent lyrics, a few real bangers (kick push 1 and 2, daydreamin', etc).

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Wed Jun 28 2023
4

According to my stats I listened to this 3 times in 2011 and never since. I'm guessing there's gonna be a heap more hip hop in this generator, hope more of it is like this

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Fri Jun 30 2023
4

This is a refreshing hip hop album. On first listen, I thought he was rapping about b*tches and h*es like many other “gangstas.” But of course when listening closer the second time, Lupe is rapping counter to that sector of hip hop. The drama is palpable when strings are present. My favorite song is Daydreamin’. It turns out Lupe was forced to put it on the album by a record company exec. He won a Grammy for it, but receives no royalties.

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Fri Jun 30 2023
4

Wow. Knew absolutely nothing about LF before I began listening. This isn't what I was expecting and was pleasantly surprised. First of all, LF is not a femme. Currently working on a second listen to pickup some of the hidden gems. Has plenty of energy, it's musically diverse and captured my attention all the way through.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
4

Decent. Kick / Push is a tune

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Mon Jul 10 2023
4

Somehow I actually knew some of these songs. Overall it was a pretty good experience, it didn't blow me away. 3 seems to low. 4 seems too high but 3.5 ain't an option l.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
4

Very very good but the sounds were just too much at times? Not sure how to describe it. Just a lot of orchestral at once

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Thu Jul 20 2023
4

-Didn’t write a BL- AL: Food & Liquor is a compelling socially conscious rap album from a creative and lyrical MC. Highly recommend a listen for any fans of golden era lyrical and socially conscious hip hop. FT: “Kick, Push” 4/5

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

There's a lot to like here, production wise, lyrically, musically and of course a great band name. Reckon this will get a few summer plays, it's a keeper.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
4

Riding the line between a 3 and a 4. It’s just all a bit too epic and cinematic for me, ChiTown/post Kanye production I guess. The lyrics and flow are cool, always loved Kick Push (as a skater). And I feel the core concept is a bit daft - like, there’s bad food and and Liquor is pretty great some times?

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

Whoa, wasn't expecting to see Lupe on here. Lupe Fiasco is a really talented rapper, frequently underrated and left out of conversations that he should be in. I'm not sure what it is, he's a great lyricist and makes great albums, but something holds him back from being widely considered one of the greats (though many do put him up there). This album has "Kick, Push," which was my first exposure to him back in middle school or something. A cool skater anthem, that I'm not even sure is about skating. Regardless, great album. Lots to enjoy here. Favorite tracks: Kick Push, Sunshine, Pressure, The Cool, The Instrumental, Hurt Me Soul. Album art: Pretty cool but also pretty weird. Lupe floating in space, surrounded by technology and the trappings of consumerism? Very of the era if you ask me, so not exactly timeless but it's a cool image. 4/5

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

Very chill hip hop album. Had listened to this before back when it came out and wasn't a huge fan. Not that it's bad, just didn't connect with it. Listening again now gave me some added appreciation. Kick/Push is a classic we used to warm up to in theater class in high school. I did dig the long outro too, very cool he did one of those.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

first listen super solid record

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Sun Aug 27 2023
4

I like Lupe Fiasco. He brought something fresh and enjoyable to hip hop, avoiding the trap of rapping about b*tches and bulls*it, although failing to avoid the hip hop trap of an overlong album stuffed with filler. But Lupe has a nice flow and feels an heir to De La Soul, Talib Kwali and Mos Def.

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Tue Sep 05 2023
4

I was not aware of Lupe Fiasco, and this album is entirely fresh stuff for me. I was initially surprised by the heavy partners they have for his first issue, and the songs were unknown to me. I was truly surprised by the quality of this album. If I got it correctly, reading Wikipedia and some news about Lupe, he is involved with some very problematic opinions, which is sad since his work is excellent even in this debut album. The production is perfect (the Jay-Z and Kanye names in the credits indicate the reason, of course), and the lyrics and voice work. Excellent sample selection and the amazing job that, unfortunately, is now marked forever by Lupe public person. I'm happy to see this album on the 1001 list, and I think that is the first post-90 hip-hop album that really catches up with me.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

Dansons sur la tombe du gangsta rap

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

Really great. Surprisingly good for something from 2006

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

Very solid hip hop album. I'm surprised I haven't really heard of the artist before

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Wed Oct 11 2023
4

Nice, good songs. Bad outro.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
4

Actually incredible album favorite was kick push 1 and 2

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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

Excellent. Really enjoyed the entire thing.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
4

Upbeat, breezy and fun, but still socially conscious. I particularly liked the orchestral (synth) instrumentation. One of the most enjoyable hip hop albums I've listened to. Yet another sample or interpolation of 'Daydream In Blue". Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Daydreamin' Date listened: 01/11/23

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Sun Nov 05 2023
4

Still an great album, the vibe hasn't changed since it came out

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