Review Roundup: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1′

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

Lupe Fiasco has been waiting years to release his most bold and brash album to date, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. While 2011’s Lasers aimed for commercial success, the Chi-town lyricist doesn’t compromise, tackling political, social, and cultural issues on the conscious cuts. The outspoken rapper has criticized everyone from President Obama to Chief Keef, but how did the critics receive his latest? Find out below.

Rolling Stone: Food & Liquor II has the usual Lupe deficiencies: a hectoring tone (“Bitch Bad”) and bombastic beats that pile-drive messages home. He’s better when he relaxes a little: Songs like “Hood Now,” a celebration of black cultural takeover, have a lighter touch, and hit twice as hard. 3/5

USA Today: Fiasco has said this would be his last album. That would be too bad. He is one of the most incisive, though not politically correct, thinkers.

The Boston Globe: He remains an unrepentant critic of the president and military recklessness and, while he has a tendency toward tendentiousness, he also maintains his playful love of language (“Put ‘Em Up”). The beats are often pedestrian or lazy here; one hopes Part 2‘s music will be as ambitious as the lyrics.

Washington Post: Much of Food & Liquor II feels similarly high-stakes, especially at a time when most socially conscious rap seems carefully engineered to withstand the glare of the spotlight.

The Guardian: Standout single “Bitch Bad” examines how language shapes attitudes with forensic nuance (and piss-taking Auto-Tune). … The tunes are pugnaciously mass-market, with debts to Kanye West. Throughout, though, tracks such as “ITAL (Roses)” and “Audubon Ballroom” come inflected with righteous fury and weary humour. 3/5

RedEye: It’s satisfying to see Lupe pull off the trick of making an effective political album in an era when politically charged pop music is generally uncool. … This is his most focused album to date, which marks a big step up from last year’s troubled Lasers. 3/4

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Bitch Bad,” “Lamborghini Angels,” “Form Follows Function,” “Hood Now”

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  1. i am hiphop

    Rude boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Adam

    Gotta roll with The Boston Globe on this one.


  3. V.I.C.

    I loved Lasers and album #1.


  4. TRA

    I believe Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 is a very, good album, but not a great, classic masterpiece. This album is much better than Lasers. The lyrics on this album is much better than Lasers. The only thing that holds the album back from being a new classic album is the beats and the production. The production is good, but could had been much better. I believe that Nas’ Life Is Good album is still the best rap album of 2012, but Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II Part 1 is the second best rap album of 2012 right now.


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  6. truthteller

    looove Lupe!


  7. Pereezy YMCMB MMG

    I’m not buyin’ this anyway


  8. chris shorts

    i love lupe but will always consider the cool to be the best album he has ever crafted … i havnt ordered this yet but when i do im pretty sure this will be #epic


  9. K down to the C up Town Boyiee

    Nice tittle ALbum But Who know if this Album go to Number 1 on the Chart Hit Boradbill Music and some peoples may like his Music and some peoples DOnt like his Music OH well.


  10. K down to the C up Town Boyiee

    Some peoples may like his Music and Some people may not like his Music Oh Well.


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