Album Review: Lupe Fiasco (Food & Liquor)

Has Chi-Town delivered us another revival of hip-hop through the embodiment of the man they call Lupe Fiasco?

This 24-year-old is regarded as one of the most talented and influential rappers of the new wave of hip-hop, but after five years in the underground circuit Fiasco has landed a deal with Atlantic to entertain a bigger and, hopefully, better audience.

With the help of his mentor Jay-Z and his production company, 1st and 15th Productions, Food and Liquor is a tale of Fiasco’s experiences.

Bringing in the best production specialists such as Kanye West, The Neptunes and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park, this album seems promising of greatness.

From being raised as a Muslim and growing up in the west side of Chicago, Fiasco’s life is put on a platter for us to indulge in, ranging from topics of skateboarding to being fresh to death.

The album’s title, Food and Liquor, represents the corner stores that all the local children would visit to buy food and candy, and how these stores were located on about 80 percent of the city corners.

Also, since Fiasco was raised Muslim, alcohol has a bad connotation. So the food represents good and liquor is evil.

The album’s hit single, “Kick, Push” pinpoints Fiasco’s younger years of when skateboarding was the makeup of his existence. “He said it was somethin’ so appealing / He couldn’t fight the feelin’ / Somethin’ about it / He knew he couldn’t doubt it” gives the audience a feeling about how attached the board actually was to the hip of this young boy.

The track ” I Gotcha” brilliantly showcases Fiasco’s lyrical complexities as he busts out the line, “They call me Lupe / I’ll be your new day / They wanna smell like me / They want my bouquet / But they can’t they they accented / Like the UK / Turn that Ude Lupe / To Pepe Le Peu Spray.”

“Daydreamin” is coated with the sound of beatitude and peace as Jill Scott sings along. Fiasco comments on the subliminal message that all these flashy music videos that show women parading half-nude in pools and gangsters trying to act hard is just a ploy to destroy the troubled urban youth.

In the song he says, “Now come on everybody / Let’s make cocaine cool / We need a few more half-naked up in the pool.” It enlightens us how television has the power to make the aforementioned to be absolutely true.

Food and Liquor is something that I thoroughly enjoyed. There is literally an array of different genres of music from jazz to world music on this album. The songs contain messages that make one wonder about the media and your own block, and is it really worth it to buy Axe Liquid Soap instead of Irish Spring just because all the girls love the smell of it?

So to make this short, go buy the album. It’s good.

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