Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor II’ Debuts at No. 5

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco’s return to the charts may be just as controversial as his new album. The Chicago MC’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 enters at No. 5 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.

Led by the singles “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and “Bitch Bad,” Lupe’s fourth effort for Atlantic Records sold 89,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was enough to claim the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Although it was the highest-performing hip-hop album of the week, the sales do not compare to his past releases. Lasers shifted 204,000 copies, while 2007’s The Cool moved 143,000 units. Food & Liquor II sold slightly more than Lupe’s 2006 debut, Food & Liquor, which did 81,000 in its opening week.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Pink’s The Truth About Love gave a solid second-week performance with 94,000 units and holds the No. 4 spot, while Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer slides 2-7 with 55,000.

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  1. gotti

    outsold by Lasers smh…


    white hos love BBC Reply:

    @gotti, he did this to himself wth those dmx moment ass interviews hes been havin in the last yr. this lil ugly ngga stays talkin out his ass


  2. truthteller

    I’m not surprised it was outsold by Lasers which in my opinion was his worst album and his most commercial, which is why it sold so much. Anyways F&l2 is a great album.


  3. Miles

    When Keeping It Real goes Wrong *Dave Chappelle Narrator Voice*

    seriouslly a good album though


  4. Rauno

    Makes me appreciate Cole’s 200 000+ selling even more.


  5. sad

    Fuck you pay me hahaha


  6. Napster

    I love it

    my plan worked


    thank you for baling me out


  7. kash

    This album is so much better than lasers, shame the commercial bull outsells this.


  8. Humz

    It wasn’t just the commercialness of lasers… it was also the protesting that hyped it even more. But yes, it was very commercial.


  9. YoungNDirty420

    I think if his label would have promoted this album more it would have done much better. The only promotion i saw was Lupe on facebook & youtube. Also, the whole thing being blacked out probably hurt the sales.


  10. roy

    Personally this guy just became so obnoxious with all his interviews and opinions i lost all interest in buying the cd. You can make excuses as to why lasers sold more, but truth is Lupe proved that there is such a thing as bad publicity. He thought he was keeping it real but it just back fired.


  11. Ramon

    That’s all? I made sure his little Twitter eruption with Roland Martin would’ve at least gotten him to 100K.


  12. Grant

    His attitude discourages me from listening to much of his music. That little “I don’t vote because I have slave blood in me” gaffe was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard this year. Nigga, what the hell does that mean? Does he know how many of his fans are descended from slaves yet choose to take advantage of the basic privileges their ancestors couldn’t?


    jon moe Reply:

    I’m sorry, but i could care less about how big of an asshole he is as long as his music is good. The production on this album was weak, but lyrically he was still astounding. There isn’t a single on this entire album, vs. Lazers which was chocked full of them for the sake of radio. He tried a little hard to get away from Lazers when honestly he needed to keep a bit for this record to be successful NUMBER WISE.


    Grant Reply:

    @jon moe, Well, I’m not sorry for what I’ve said. And, quite frankly, you shouldn’t have tagged your two cents onto my reply.


  13. dodo

    give up Lu.


  14. R to the Y down C sunnie Kye

    guess he would do better next time


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