Food and Liquor

Food and Liquor

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by Lupe Fiasco
     
 

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A few years in the making, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor follows a fruitless association with Epic (as a member of da Pak), an aborted solo deal with Arista (which yielded one promo single), a handful of guest appearances (tha Rayne's "Kiss Me," Kanye West's "Touch the Sky"), and a leak of an unfinished version of the album that set

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A few years in the making, Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor follows a fruitless association with Epic (as a member of da Pak), an aborted solo deal with Arista (which yielded one promo single), a handful of guest appearances (tha Rayne's "Kiss Me," Kanye West's "Touch the Sky"), and a leak of an unfinished version of the album that set the official release back to September 2006. Still only 25 years old, Fiasco -- a Chicagoan of Islamic faith who owns a number of black belts -- sounds wise beyond his age, rarely raises his voice, projects different emotions with slight inflections, and is confident enough to openly admit his inspirations while building on them. It Was Written is his touchstone, and there are traces of numerous MCs in his rhymes, from Intelligent Hoodlum and Ed O.G. to Nas and Jay-Z. Pharrell (aka Skate Board P) might've considered suffocating himself out of envy with his Bathing Ape sweatshirt when he first heard the album's lead single, "Kick, Push," dubbed a skate-rap classic well before Food and Liquor hit shelves. Like nothing else in the mainstream or underground, its subject matter -- skater boy meets skater girl -- and appealing early-'90s throwback production finally broke the doors down for Fiasco's solo career. Wisely enough, Fiasco doesn't turn the skating thing into a gimmick and excels at spinning varying narratives over a mostly strong set of productions from 1st & 15th affiliates Soundtrakk and Prolyfic, as well as the Neptunes, West, Needlz, and Mike Shinoda. There are strings, smeary synthesized textures, and dramatic keyboard vamps galore -- templates that befit heartbreaking tales like "He Say She Say" and casually deep-thinking reflections like "Hurt Me Soul," where the MC confronts some of his conflicting emotions: "I had a ghetto boy boppa/Jay-Z boycott/'Cause he said that he never prayed to God, he prayed to Gotti/I'm thinking golly, God, guard me from the ungodly/But by my 30th watchin' of Streets Is Watching, I was back to givin' props again/And that was botherin'/'Bout as comfortable as a untouchable touching you." Deserving of as much consideration as the other high-profile debuts of the past few years, up to and including The College Dropout, Food and Liquor just might be the steadiest and most compelling rap album of 2006. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Evan Serpick
Without dipping his toes into violent imagery, wanton obscenity or other hip-hop cliches, Fiasco reflects on the personal and the political, and reminds fans of everything hip-hop can be.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678396021
catalogNumber:
83960

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lupe Fiasco   Primary Artist,Rap
Jay-Z   Rap
Jill Scott   Vocals
Sarah Green   Track Performer
Gemini   Rap
Matthew Santos   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dave MacKay   Composer
Dexter Wansel   Composer
Raymond Vincent   Composer
Darrale Jones   Executive Producer
Jay-Z   Executive Producer
Craig Kallman   Composer,Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mike Shinoda   Producer
Needlz   Composer
James Auwarter   Engineer
Brandon Howard   Composer,Producer
Lupe Fiasco   Composer,Executive Producer
Veronica Alvericci   Marketing
H. Bowen David   Composer
Brian Gartner   Vocal Engineer
Greg Magers   Engineer
Prolyfic   Composer
Jason Salvador   Management
Soundtrakk   Composer

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Food & Liquor 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lupe Fiasco's first album, is one of my favorite rap/hip-hop based albums. I picked up the album, because there were some songs that I really liked that you cannot get the MP3's for without some work. It was a really great idea to pick up the entire album, because there were some other songs on the album, that I would have missed out on. Kick, Push, I Gotcha, Kick, Push II, and Daydreamin' are really great songs and seem to really express, the overall goal of Lupe's life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The long awaited debut of the almighty Lupe Fiasco. He may have never had an album before but that is not to say he has no expirience in the world of Hip-Hop. Lupe Fiasco, who has performed alongside Common and Rakim, created a huge stir in the Hip-Hop underground with the release of his three Farenheit 1/15 mixtapes. Lupe also appeared on Touch the Sky w/Kanye West. Jay-Z is the executive producer for Food & Liquor. I am almost ready to declare this the best debut album of all time and I've only heard the leaked version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this album is truly amazing. This album has been on heavy rotation on my CD player, computer media, and in my ride ever since it came out.Although there are several artists pushing the envelope of creativity, Lupe is just in his own category, creating his own path while encouraging others to do so as well. Lupe is a Hip Hop artist that can successful put together good melodies and socially conscious themes without perpetuating harmful stereotypes. He is showing the hip-hop community that it can be cool to be smart and that not everyone has to buy into the trends set in the music industry. As many other’s has stated in here this album is full of relevant issues about current events, an intelligent perception of life in poverty-stricken areas, and a young man growing up. It’s sort of hard to pick out a favorite track from this album but if I was force to choose it would be Real, Just might be Okay, Kick Push I & II, I Gotcha, The Cool DayDreamin, Pressure, Sunshine, and Tilted but as I stated on the title of my review the rest are just as nice. Food & Liquor is not meant to be played in the background (unless you already know it by heart) it’s clearly meant to be listen to, otherwise you will miss out on his intentions. Lupe maintains his integrity as a smart and skillful lyricist throughout the entire album. Highly recommend to all starving hip-hop fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy listening to creative lyrics that force you to imagine it in your head you will love this album. Each song Lupe paints a different picture and flows effortlessly to the beat as the album goes along. I just dl the album first, but i am definately buying the album. I guess if i could compare him to any rapper i would say he is somewhere between Nas, Common, Kanye. Though he does not come off as cocky as Kanye West. Anyone who buys the album will enjoy it, so go out and support the movement and embrace this part of rap that gets overlooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this cd, Lupe takes words and puts them into truth. He tells stories that are real to today's world and also has metaphors and punchlines that catches the ear. The best part about his poetry is that its 100% helpful none of his songs go to waste. I believe Lupe is the next JAY-Z and Jay-z is the best rapper ever!!!
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