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

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

by Lupe Fiasco
     
 

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For all the artist-label snags Lasers hit prior to its birth, the album topped the Billboard 200, while one of its singles, "The Show Goes On," became Lupe Fiasco's second Top Ten Hot 100 hit. As that album was in limbo, Fiasco began working on his confusingly titled fourth album, a 69-minute "part one" of a sequel to his 2006 debut. It's most certainly not aSee more details below

Overview

For all the artist-label snags Lasers hit prior to its birth, the album topped the Billboard 200, while one of its singles, "The Show Goes On," became Lupe Fiasco's second Top Ten Hot 100 hit. As that album was in limbo, Fiasco began working on his confusingly titled fourth album, a 69-minute "part one" of a sequel to his 2006 debut. It's most certainly not a Lasers sequel. There's no obvious attempt to repeat earlier pop chart successes, and its introduction is indicative, similar to that of 2007's elaborately conceptual The Cool, with Fiasco's sister Ayesha Jaco contributing some more of her commanding poetry. Released only a year and a half after Lasers, the album was likely met with fewer label-related issues, but each one of its first three singles stirred up some controversy. "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" uses the indelible beat from Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)," considered by many hip-hop fans to be untouchable for its emotional relevance and classic stature. Pete Rock himself objected vehemently, and that conflict was resolved, but the beat is a bad match for the MC's angered, if piercingly focused and thoughtful, rhymes. On "Bitch Bad," Fiasco takes a characteristically authoritarian stance on misogyny. The order of the second and third nouns in the hook -- "Bitch bad/Woman good/Lady better/They misunderstood" -- is one of its many debatable issues. As with many of his songs, the lyrical value (clever, cerebral) is far greater than the musical value (sluggish, meandering). It's much more about delivering a message and provoking debate than replays. For the third single, "Lamborghini Angels," Fiasco is at his detailed and focused best, combining surreal imagery and grim non-fiction over a brilliantly tense beat from Mr. Inkredible. Through this song, the MC covers behavioral programming, child sexual abuse, and Afghan civilian murders in a graphic manner. Don't expect a party. Don't expect to appreciate each method he uses to relay his viewpoints. One can at least appreciate, or at least respect, a rapper capable of dropping an absolute stinger like "But my tone was like a Afghani, killed without a home, blew that bitch up with a drone" like it's nothing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2012
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678762918
catalogNumber:
531683
Rank:
10657

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Tracks

  1. Ayesha Says (Intro)  - Ayesha Jaco
  2. Strange Fruition  - Lupe Fiasco
  3. ITAL (Roses)  - Lupe Fiasco
  4. Around My Way (Freedom Isn't Free)  - Lupe Fiasco
  5. Audubon Ballroom  - Lupe Fiasco
  6. Bitch Bad  - Lupe Fiasco
  7. Lamborghini Angels  - Lupe Fiasco
  8. Put Em Up  - Lupe Fiasco
  9. Heart Donor  -  Poo Bear
  10. How Dare You  - Lupe Fiasco
  11. Battle Scars  - Lupe Fiasco
  12. Brave Heart  - Lupe Fiasco
  13. Form Follows Function  - Lupe Fiasco
  14. Cold War  - Lupe Fiasco
  15. Unforgivable Youth  - Lupe Fiasco
  16. Hood Now (Outro)  - Lupe Fiasco
  17. [Untitled]  - Lupe Fiasco

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lupe Fiasco   Primary Artist
Casey Benjamin   Vocals
Jake   Vocals
Carlos McSwain   Drums
Ted Zimmerman   Trumpet
Trevor Astey   Guitar
Ava Johnson   Vocals
Joseph Valburn   Saxophone
Alejandro Elizondo   Keyboards
Kevin Marcus Sylvester   Strings
Checkin' Trapps   Multi Instruments
PAPA   Vocals
Alexandria Dobson   Vocals
Jason Evigian   Vocals
Wilner Baptiste   Strings
Ralfy "FAFA" Valencia   Bass
Keith Cooper   Saxophone
Richard Michael Conti   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Chill   Additional Production
Michael Denten   Engineer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Darrale Jones   Executive Producer
David Ryan Harris   Composer
Leon Zervos   Mastering
David Kutch   Mastering
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Bullit   Producer
Pro-Jay   Producer
Severe   Producer
Infamous   Producer
Bilal   Producer
Guy Sebastian   Composer
Larrance Dopson   Composer,Producer
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Producer
Mark Obriski   Art Direction
Lupe Fiasco   Composer,Executive Producer,Art Direction,Additional Production
Poo Bear   Composer,Producer
Soundtrakk   Composer,Producer
Marsha St. Hubert   Marketing
Cara Donatto   Publicity
Runners   Producer
King David   Producer
B-Sides   Producer
Graham Burris   Engineer
Andrew Harr   Composer
Abel Guzman   Engineer
Joe Peluso   Engineer
Greg "G Ball" Magers   Engineer
Andre Samuel   Composer
Simonsayz   Producer,Engineer
'Free Chilly'   Executive Producer
P. Phillips   Composer
Marcello Pagin   Composer
Brody Brown   Producer
Brian "Busy" Dackowski   Media Consultant
Jimmy Giannos   Composer
Dominic Jordan   Composer
Futuristiks   Producer
Klypso   Producer
Audibles   Producer
Inkredible   Producer
Rob Gold   Art Manager
Joseph Mourad   Composer
Thomas Mueller   Composer
Brian Tistog   Composer
Jamal "Mally Mall" Rashid   Producer
Christian Buettner   Composer
Albert Lai Francis   Composer
Marco "Infamous" Rodriquez   Composer
Jason Mourad   Composer
Ed Libow   Engineer
Rich Maloney   Engineer
Famties   Producer
Jason Speck   Engineer
Garrett Fynn   Engineer

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