Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

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On "Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1," Lupe Fiasco remains as resolute as ever.

Lupe Fiasco appears to be in a better place than he was the last time he came around pushing a proper studio release with Lasers. No public label disputes or New York City sanctioned protests organized by his rabid fan base were needed to secure a release date. No petulant outbursts about hating the album just weeks before hitting retail. Sure, there was a second President Obama flap, too many Chief Keef mentions, and another inevitable collision with a notable publication, but that’s beginning to feel like par for L-U-P-Enigma. Ever since Fiascogate, the Chicagoan’s tendency to drop on-wax wizardry and arguably off-wax word vomit has become his career’s sardonic narrative, juxtaposed like those food and liquor stores in the Chi. But Wasulu Jaco doesn’t cow-tow to the propaganda peddlers. For better and worse, he never has. On Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco remains as resolute as ever.              

Since Lasers, Lupe's rhyming from a first-person perspective occurs more regularly. Where tracks like “The Cool” and “The Instrumental” (off his classic debut Food & Liquor) covertly invade the brain space like ninjas, here, the day-one Occupy Wallstreeter bogarts the human microphone stout in a “Words I Never Said”-type stance. Literally, the first bars on the album’s opening song, “Strange Fruition,” are “Now I can’t pledge allegiance to your flag / Cause I can’t find no reconciliation with your past,” delivered with a controlled aggression as if a Tupac-inspired Cornell Westside emerged through a cloud of self-inflicted controversy strapped with an AK-47 and government, materialism, corporate sponsored Hip Hop scribbled on his metaphorical hit list. “Depart from Martin [Luther King, Jr] and connect on Malcolm X tip,” he rips on the track that Pete Rock pissed on, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” an instance of unfortunate irony. Coming from a cat who was infamously accused of disrespecting certain Golden Era icons, this one feels more like a subtle olive branch - contextually embodying the revolutionary spirit of Rap’s Greatest Generation while lyrically upholding “T.R.O.Y.’s.” timelessness. Somehow, Lu got it right and still got it wrong. Then on “ITAL (Roses),” he cagily doubles-down on his infamous position that the United States President is a terrorist, shows no remorse, then deads the issue:

“Called the President a terrorist / Corporate sponsors like, ‘How the fuck you gonna embarrass us?’ / Ain’t my fault / I was just repeating this Professor Emeritus / From America / But my tone was / Like an Afghani kid without a home / Blew that bitch up with a drone / An Iraqi with no daddy, Palestinian throwing stones / What the fuck you think they call him? / I’ma leave that all alone.”

Bridging the divide between Carrera Lu’s advice and actions can be a bit dizzying. He’ll preach that it’s better to have a Camry than the burden of a Ferrari (“ITAL Roses”) then boast that his Ferrari is “bout as ready as when Carrie was the prom queen” (“Put Em Up”). He’ll use the hook on “Audubon Ballroom” to remind Black people that “we’re not niggas ‘cause God made us greater than that” then open “Form Follows Function” with “First off / Gotta send shout outs to my niggas.” Lupe galvanized listeners by reveling at a deeper depth for over half a decade, conditioning his fanatical following to dissect seemingly every adlib. Now, whether warranted or otherwise, even the smallest inconsistencies seem to linger longer than necessary. All remain captivating lyrical displays, nevertheless. And, excluding “Put Em Up’s” retched hook, all are great songs.    

The Guy Sebastian-assisted “Battle Scars” is another winner, oozing mass appeal without deteriorating into sloshy mainstream ball-tickling like the historically awful “Heart Donor” (featuring Poo Bear). Seriously, not only is the song the definition of corny, lathered in Pop swash, and noticeably redundant - considering “Battle Scars” and “How Dare You” (featuring Bilal) more compellingly fulfill the red-meat-for-radio quotient - but it just might be the worst four minutes in the history of Fiasco full-lengths.

But those moments are easily forgotten. With Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, Rap’s resident Judo master of juxtaposition sounds inspired again, dishing out shifting dichotomies through a scattering of deliveries without encroaching on petulance. “Unforgivable Youth” (featuring Jason Evigan) represents like Lu’s “Conflict Diamonds Remix”: simultaneously intriguing and educational. And The Runners’ triumphant “Brave Heart” rages like a lyrical middle finger rising out of the skyline, taunting like the Freedom Tower. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, [Hip Hop] must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Lupe’s ironically been branded with both since his '06 bum rush. But there remains something noble about Chi-town’s Guevara relentlessly waving his beliefs without fear of backlash. Someone has to shine a light on all the world’s ills, right? If not Lu, then who?

628 Comments

  • Seduction

    lupe fiasco is the shit, he had to make a comeback after lasers and he did, him and b.o.b are alike in some ways. Perfect 5

  • IamEnygma

    Outdoing the first two albums was always going to be a tall order. This album is still better than the majority of projects released by his peers. One of the few geniuses in the game...

  • Anonymous

    Not mentioning anything else I give this album 5 stars for lyrical quality, message and meaning..its not just another album that has a few tracks and then you forget about it this is art and history, Lupe puts everything into his music. My own personal fav of this is Unforgivable Youth!

  • EM

    MMMMaaaaakkkkeee more music please dont stop!!!!....

  • Anonymous

    Perfect 5, realist lyrics can't stop listening!

  • jondoe

    YOU PPL ARE RETARTED!!! this album is damn near a perfect 10 most of yall are just hatin cause you want that old shit back well do like jigga said and buy the old shit but if you are a die hard lupe fan this album is for you... lupe is still bringing you dope intelligent real hip hop i mean come the first and 2nd track bitch bad, freedom aint free,cold wars , hood now yall niggas trippin lupe is doin some amazing work here if you want a dope flow go jam some meek or big sean if you just want to hear words that sound good together instead of a real artist making real music. there are 30 rappers that sound the same flooding the radio and one lupe fiasco that wont get his songs played cause they aint catch enough for you lame brains

  • jondoe

    YOU PPL ARE RESTARTED!!! this album is damn near a perfect 10 most of yall are just hatin cause you want that old shit back well do like jigga said and buy the old shit but if you are a die hard lupe fan this album is for you... lupe is still bringing you dope intelligent real hip hop i mean come the first and 2nd track bitch bad, freedom aint free,cold wars , hood now yall niggas trippin lupe is doin some amazing work here if you want a dope flow go jam some meek or big sean if you just want to hear words that sound good together instead of a real artist making real music. there are 30 rappers that sound the same flooding the radio and one lupe fiasco that wont get his songs played cause they aint catch enough for you lame brains

  • Anonymous

    classic, people are bitching too much

  • Anonymous

    7/10 for me. Great lyricism, but lazy flow, lack of that F&L1/The Cool feeling and some really bad hooks.

  • WealthyBigPenis

    This album was actually great. It takes a few listens to truly get it, but it was pretty much on point the whole way through. Probably not as good as his first two albums, but it is definetly close.

  • Anonymous

    Not going to lie, it took me a few listens and quite a bit of time to soak in this album but it really is a great album. I'm suprised there isn't more recognition for Unforgivable youth which conceptually is amazing, especially the third verse. I think tracks such as strange fruition, unforgivable youth and around my way are up there with streets on fire, put you on game, the coolest, daydreamin', sunshine and the cool. Great return to form, if food and liquor was lupes illmatic and the cool was IWW then this is definitely stillmatic

  • brianban110

    deserves to be mentioned with other great albums like good kid,m.a.a.d city, the heist, life is good, god of the serengity

  • E.J.

    I was a little disappointed. I thought that this album was supposed to be better than Lasers (which isn't saying much at all). Only the first half of the album was fire and the other half felt like leftovers from Lasers, with those corny, mainstream-ass choruses. When will his label realize that Lupe isn't B.o.B., Wiz, Bruno, Cee Lo or any of his other WMG family members?

  • sohomo

    and you didnt meantion lamborghini angels!this is my love this album

  • jeremy

    this shit is sick and real fuck the haters you gotta no how lupe spits to enjoy it. for those who say its boring there not listening to it for the meaning.

  • Senzh

    Dope album, relaxed, informative and Battle Scars is SICK!!!

  • nasstill@it

    This album just wasn't that good, especially considering FNL and The Cool. 3.5 at most.

  • TheMentalist

    Ayesha Says" (Intro) This album has the traditional acapella spoken word introduction similar to Lupe's other albums (with Lasers being the only exception) and I like it; this is a good way to start the album and reinstall the vibe of the original Food & Liquor. "Strange Fruition" featuring Casey Benjamin (Produced by Soundtrakk) This has a smooth sound to it with it's strings but at the same time manages to have hard drums. I like this song and I'm really feeling the production on this from the concept to the vocal effects on the chorus and the instrumentation. This beat has somewhat of an "old school meets new school" feel to it (especially with the background vocal chants) and it successfully bridges the gap between both eras of hip-hop. "ITAL" (Roses) (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') Lupe drops some real knowledge to this beat full of horns and synth change ups. At first I wasn't feeling the horn stabs on here but the way the beat builds up and flows into it's change-ups is very well done. Lyrically and conceptually this track is on point as well. "Around My Way" (Freedom Ain't Free) (Produced by B-Side and DJ Simonsayz) - Although this track has received some criticism for its duplication of the legendary "T.R.O.Y.", I think it's dope and that it helps pay homage to the legends while making a new record. The changes made to the remake of the "T.R.O.Y." instrumental are well done, especially the filter effects on the third verse and the drums really knock hard throughout the track. What I like most about this song is that it's an original concept and not just a rip off of "T.R.O.Y." and it also manages to keep the vintage 90's feel while still sounding modern. "Audubon Ballroom" (Produced by Fatimes & Built) I really like the production on this song; the drums knock really hard and the instruments here are dope as are the vocals on the chorus. I'm also feeling the subject matter of this song, especially the Malcolm X themed title which works nicely with the song concept. This record will probably get you hyped up with it's anthem-sounding production, especially the vocal chants in the background. "Bitch Bad" (Produced by The Audibles) "Bitch Bad" is a brilliant concept and song to me. The production on this song is dope and includes a beat that some artists may have used to make another "get money and girls" song. Personally, I really like the organs and 808 drums on this beat, especially because I think the producer of this track manages to use the popularized 808-sound with an original and fresh vibe. I also really enjoy the lyrics and rhyme scheme of the third verse on this song, especially at the end. "Lamborghini Angels" (Produced by Mr. Inkredible) To be honest I'm not really feeling the production on this song. Lyrically this is a dope record but the melodies on the beat get too repetitive and annoying (especially compared to some of the previous tracks) and I have a hard time paying attention to "Lamborghini Angels" on the first listen. The concept on this song will probably have you rewind this record a few times to make sure you catch everything (in a good way) but I'm just not feeling the beat. "Put 'Em Up" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin' and Julian Bunetta) The main arpeggiator synth on this beat reminds me a lot of the main synth on "Ignorant Shit" by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel and I'm not really feeling it (I didn't like it on Jays song either) but aside from that this is a great song. The electric guitars and deep synths add a dark feel while the airy choirs on the chorus provide some catchy melodies. I really like the hook on this song a lot and eventually the beat did grow on me, I just wasn't feeling the main synth during the verses. "Heart Donor" featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) This beat has a smooth feel to it, with some almost country/R&B-sounding vocals. I really didn't like the intro to this song and Poo Bears vocals on here altogether. However, I think the verses on this beat are dope and Lupe does a nice job lyrically, but the first four bars of the chorus just sound awkward to me. The percussion on this beat has a really smooth feel to it and the way the kick drums hit with layered congas sounds very original. "How Dare You?" featuring Bilal (Produced by Severe, Poo Bear and Klypso) "How Dare You?" kicks off with a very smooth and refreshing vibe to it that just makes you feel fresh by listening to it. At first I was sceptical of Lupe using this beat but he does a good job on here and the production is entertaining to say the least. The drums here are dope and I really like the piano, synth and string melodies as well; altogether the beat matches well with the smooth vocals on the chorus. "Battle Scars" (with Guy Sebastian) (Produced by Pro-Jay and Guy Sebastian) I love the reversed pianos on here and the drums are dope too, especially the clap/snare. I also really like the way the chorus builds up to a real epic sound. All over this is a good song and I'm feeling it, especially the production. Brave Heart featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) For some reason the intro of this song reminded me of "Black Republicans" by Nas and Jay-Z. The production on "Brave Heart" has a real triumphant "yes we can" feel to it and matches the song title perfectly. I really think this is a dope beat and I like Poo Bear on here much more than on "Heart Donor"; his voice really helps add an anthem feel to this song. The electric guitars that get brought in on the production are amazing and I think this song would be great to use in a movie. "Form Follows Function" (Produced by Infamous) The production on here has somewhat of a jazzy feel to it, especially with the saxophones and pianos and it sounds pretty dope to me. Ill need to replay this song a bunch of times to catch all of the lyrics but some of the word play is here really dope as expected. Although I don't think the beat is bad I got tired of it after a little bit and would have liked to hear some more change ups but over all this is a pretty dope song. "Cold War" featuring Jane $$$ (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') The intro to this song is amazing and instantly pulled me in, especially the way the beat transitions from epic to a smooth and almost dark soulful vibe. Lupe delivers lyrically and the chorus on this is dope from the production to the vocals provided by Jane $$$. I really like the tom rolls and synths on the chorus and the way the verses make you zone out is incredible to me. This is probably my favourite song as a whole so far, especially in terms of production. The extra instruments that come in at the end of this record are definitely a nice addition that I appreciated as well. "Unforgivable Youth" featuring Jason Evigan (Produced by King David) This song really impressed me, especially the concept and the way the song ends; sheer genius in my opinion. The production here is dope as well; the synths, pianos and guitars on here are really dope and the choirs work nicely with the song concept. I also enjoyed the chorus on this record but the concept to this song really blew me away. "Hood Now" (Outro) (Produced by Poo Bear and Jamal Mally Mall) The beat on "Hood Now" is pretty repetitive (but catchy) except for on the chorus and the outro. I honestly dont really mind the repetitious verse melodies since the instrumentation and drum patterns fit Lupe's flow and rhyme scheme really well. I thought the concept on this song was dope and especially works nicely with the hypnotizing synths that some artists may have just used to make a club song. "Go to Sleep" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') I really like the sounds of the pianos and choirs on this track; they have a very live sound and feel to them. The vocal samples incorporated with on the hooks are dope too and help add variety and balance to Lupe singing on the chorus. Overall this is a good song to zone out to and also a nice record to close the album out with; I dont really have any complaints on this one. I've been fortunate to review a lot of great albums lately and fortunately for me Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 (F&L II Part 1) keeps that trend going. "Cold War" is probably my favourite song from this album and overall F&L II Part 1 is a pretty satisfying album from the production to the lyrics and concepts. Although there are a few production flaws on Lupe's latest piece of work (mostly with "Lamborghini Angels" and "Heart Donor"), I think that overall fans will appreciate this album. With all songs and beats considered, I give F&L II Part 1 a 4 out of 5 rating.

  • David

    Good album. Lupe as usual is on point with the lyrics but what happen to the beat selection. Most of them were cheesy, what you expect to hear on the radio everyday. Nevertheless, it was pretty solid throughout, but falls just short of a classic. 4 out of 5

  • David

    Good album. Lupe as usual is on point with the lyrics but what happen to the beat selection. Most of them were cheesy, what you expect to hear on the radio everyday. Nevertheless, it was pretty solid throughout, but falls just short of a classic. (4/5)

  • David

    Good album. Lupe as usual is on point with the lyrics but what happen to the beat selection. Most of them were cheesy, what you expect to hear on the radio everyday. Nevertheless, it was pretty solid throughout, but falls just short of a classic. 4/5

  • jay

    dis album wasn't dat good to me

  • Anonymous

    F&L 2 is sick, has a couple of filler songs 5 star cd even with fillers, reminiscent of F&L 1 and the Cool, People say Lasers was terrible that is a lie, listen to what he speaking, it is still Lupe and he is still killing it on a good portion of most of the songs off lasers.

  • The Kid Flames

    It's not that 'Heart Donor' isn't a good song. The track/production itself is sick - reminds me of 'Hurt Me Soul'...but Poo Bear, or MDMA, or whatever the f*** is dump truck juice. Hated him on the track with Snoop from THE COOL and don't like him anymore now. He's trash. Lupe shoulda' sung a subtle hook or brought in Matthew Santos/Sarah Green (both MIA from this album) and be done.

  • iMajik

    there are definitely some fillers but all in all a great American rap album.

  • iStandardProducers

    Ayesha Says" (Intro) This album has the traditional acapella spoken word introduction similar to Lupe's other albums (with Lasers being the only exception) and I like it; this is a good way to start the album and reinstall the vibe of the original Food & Liquor. "Strange Fruition" featuring Casey Benjamin (Produced by Soundtrakk) This has a smooth sound to it with it's strings but at the same time manages to have hard drums. I like this song and I'm really feeling the production on this from the concept to the vocal effects on the chorus and the instrumentation. This beat has somewhat of an "old school meets new school" feel to it (especially with the background vocal chants) and it successfully bridges the gap between both eras of hip-hop. "ITAL" (Roses) (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') Lupe drops some real knowledge to this beat full of horns and synth change ups. At first I wasn't feeling the horn stabs on here but the way the beat builds up and flows into it's change-ups is very well done. Lyrically and conceptually this track is on point as well. "Around My Way" (Freedom Ain't Free) (Produced by B-Side and DJ Simonsayz) - Although this track has received some criticism for its duplication of the legendary "T.R.O.Y.", I think it's dope and that it helps pay homage to the legends while making a new record. The changes made to the remake of the "T.R.O.Y." instrumental are well done, especially the filter effects on the third verse and the drums really knock hard throughout the track. What I like most about this song is that it's an original concept and not just a rip off of "T.R.O.Y." and it also manages to keep the vintage 90's feel while still sounding modern. "Audubon Ballroom" (Produced by Fatimes & Built) I really like the production on this song; the drums knock really hard and the instruments here are dope as are the vocals on the chorus. I'm also feeling the subject matter of this song, especially the Malcolm X themed title which works nicely with the song concept. This record will probably get you hyped up with it's anthem-sounding production, especially the vocal chants in the background. "Bitch Bad" (Produced by The Audibles) "Bitch Bad" is a brilliant concept and song to me. The production on this song is dope and includes a beat that some artists may have used to make another "get money and girls" song. Personally, I really like the organs and 808 drums on this beat, especially because I think the producer of this track manages to use the popularized 808-sound with an original and fresh vibe. I also really enjoy the lyrics and rhyme scheme of the third verse on this song, especially at the end. "Lamborghini Angels" (Produced by Mr. Inkredible) To be honest I'm not really feeling the production on this song. Lyrically this is a dope record but the melodies on the beat get too repetitive and annoying (especially compared to some of the previous tracks) and I have a hard time paying attention to "Lamborghini Angels" on the first listen. The concept on this song will probably have you rewind this record a few times to make sure you catch everything (in a good way) but I'm just not feeling the beat. "Put 'Em Up" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin' and Julian Bunetta) The main arpeggiator synth on this beat reminds me a lot of the main synth on "Ignorant Shit" by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel and I'm not really feeling it (I didn't like it on Jays song either) but aside from that this is a great song. The electric guitars and deep synths add a dark feel while the airy choirs on the chorus provide some catchy melodies. I really like the hook on this song a lot and eventually the beat did grow on me, I just wasn't feeling the main synth during the verses. "Heart Donor" featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) This beat has a smooth feel to it, with some almost country/R&B-sounding vocals. I really didn't like the intro to this song and Poo Bears vocals on here altogether. However, I think the verses on this beat are dope and Lupe does a nice job lyrically, but the first four bars of the chorus just sound awkward to me. The percussion on this beat has a really smooth feel to it and the way the kick drums hit with layered congas sounds very original. "How Dare You?" featuring Bilal (Produced by Severe, Poo Bear and Klypso) "How Dare You?" kicks off with a very smooth and refreshing vibe to it that just makes you feel fresh by listening to it. At first I was sceptical of Lupe using this beat but he does a good job on here and the production is entertaining to say the least. The drums here are dope and I really like the piano, synth and string melodies as well; altogether the beat matches well with the smooth vocals on the chorus. "Battle Scars" (with Guy Sebastian) (Produced by Pro-Jay and Guy Sebastian) I love the reversed pianos on here and the drums are dope too, especially the clap/snare. I also really like the way the chorus builds up to a real epic sound. All over this is a good song and I'm feeling it, especially the production. Brave Heart featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) For some reason the intro of this song reminded me of "Black Republicans" by Nas and Jay-Z. The production on "Brave Heart" has a real triumphant "yes we can" feel to it and matches the song title perfectly. I really think this is a dope beat and I like Poo Bear on here much more than on "Heart Donor"; his voice really helps add an anthem feel to this song. The electric guitars that get brought in on the production are amazing and I think this song would be great to use in a movie. "Form Follows Function" (Produced by Infamous) The production on here has somewhat of a jazzy feel to it, especially with the saxophones and pianos and it sounds pretty dope to me. Ill need to replay this song a bunch of times to catch all of the lyrics but some of the word play is here really dope as expected. Although I don't think the beat is bad I got tired of it after a little bit and would have liked to hear some more change ups but over all this is a pretty dope song. "Cold War" featuring Jane $$$ (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') The intro to this song is amazing and instantly pulled me in, especially the way the beat transitions from epic to a smooth and almost dark soulful vibe. Lupe delivers lyrically and the chorus on this is dope from the production to the vocals provided by Jane $$$. I really like the tom rolls and synths on the chorus and the way the verses make you zone out is incredible to me. This is probably my favourite song as a whole so far, especially in terms of production. The extra instruments that come in at the end of this record are definitely a nice addition that I appreciated as well. "Unforgivable Youth" featuring Jason Evigan (Produced by King David) This song really impressed me, especially the concept and the way the song ends; sheer genius in my opinion. The production here is dope as well; the synths, pianos and guitars on here are really dope and the choirs work nicely with the song concept. I also enjoyed the chorus on this record but the concept to this song really blew me away. "Hood Now" (Outro) (Produced by Poo Bear and Jamal Mally Mall) The beat on "Hood Now" is pretty repetitive (but catchy) except for on the chorus and the outro. I honestly dont really mind the repetitious verse melodies since the instrumentation and drum patterns fit Lupe's flow and rhyme scheme really well. I thought the concept on this song was dope and especially works nicely with the hypnotizing synths that some artists may have just used to make a club song. "Go to Sleep" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') I really like the sounds of the pianos and choirs on this track; they have a very live sound and feel to them. The vocal samples incorporated with on the hooks are dope too and help add variety and balance to Lupe singing on the chorus. Overall this is a good song to zone out to and also a nice record to close the album out with; I dont really have any complaints on this one. I've been fortunate to review a lot of great albums lately and fortunately for me Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 (F&L II Part 1) keeps that trend going. "Cold War" is probably my favourite song from this album and overall F&L II Part 1 is a pretty satisfying album from the production to the lyrics and concepts. Although there are a few production flaws on Lupe's latest piece of work (mostly with "Lamborghini Angels" and "Heart Donor"), I think that overall fans will appreciate this album. With all songs and beats considered, I give F&L II Part. 1 a 4 out of 5 rating.

  • iStandardProducers

    Ayesha Says" (Intro) This album has the traditional acapella spoken word introduction similar to Lupe's other albums (with Lasers being the only exception) and I like it; this is a good way to start the album and reinstall the vibe of the original Food & Liquor. "Strange Fruition" featuring Casey Benjamin (Produced by Soundtrakk) This has a smooth sound to it with it's strings but at the same time manages to have hard drums. I like this song and I'm really feeling the production on this from the concept to the vocal effects on the chorus and the instrumentation. This beat has somewhat of an "old school meets new school" feel to it (especially with the background vocal chants) and it successfully bridges the gap between both eras of hip-hop. "ITAL" (Roses) (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') Lupe drops some real knowledge to this beat full of horns and synth change ups. At first I wasn't feeling the horn stabs on here but the way the beat builds up and flows into it's change-ups is very well done. Lyrically and conceptually this track is on point as well. "Around My Way" (Freedom Ain't Free) (Produced by B-Side and DJ Simonsayz) - Although this track has received some criticism for its duplication of the legendary "T.R.O.Y.", I think it's dope and that it helps pay homage to the legends while making a new record. The changes made to the remake of the "T.R.O.Y." instrumental are well done, especially the filter effects on the third verse and the drums really knock hard throughout the track. What I like most about this song is that it's an original concept and not just a rip off of "T.R.O.Y." and it also manages to keep the vintage 90's feel while still sounding modern. "Audubon Ballroom" (Produced by Fatimes & Built) I really like the production on this song; the drums knock really hard and the instruments here are dope as are the vocals on the chorus. I'm also feeling the subject matter of this song, especially the Malcolm X themed title which works nicely with the song concept. This record will probably get you hyped up with it's anthem-sounding production, especially the vocal chants in the background. "Bitch Bad" (Produced by The Audibles) "Bitch Bad" is a brilliant concept and song to me. The production on this song is dope and includes a beat that some artists may have used to make another "get money and girls" song. Personally, I really like the organs and 808 drums on this beat, especially because I think the producer of this track manages to use the popularized 808-sound with an original and fresh vibe. I also really enjoy the lyrics and rhyme scheme of the third verse on this song, especially at the end. "Lamborghini Angels" (Produced by Mr. Inkredible) To be honest I'm not really feeling the production on this song. Lyrically this is a dope record but the melodies on the beat get too repetitive and annoying (especially compared to some of the previous tracks) and I have a hard time paying attention to "Lamborghini Angels" on the first listen. The concept on this song will probably have you rewind this record a few times to make sure you catch everything (in a good way) but I'm just not feeling the beat. "Put 'Em Up" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin' and Julian Bunetta) The main arpeggiator synth on this beat reminds me a lot of the main synth on "Ignorant Shit" by Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel and I'm not really feeling it (I didn't like it on Jays song either) but aside from that this is a great song. The electric guitars and deep synths add a dark feel while the airy choirs on the chorus provide some catchy melodies. I really like the hook on this song a lot and eventually the beat did grow on me, I just wasn't feeling the main synth during the verses. "Heart Donor" featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) This beat has a smooth feel to it, with some almost country/R&B-sounding vocals. I really didn't like the intro to this song and Poo Bears vocals on here altogether. However, I think the verses on this beat are dope and Lupe does a nice job lyrically, but the first four bars of the chorus just sound awkward to me. The percussion on this beat has a really smooth feel to it and the way the kick drums hit with layered congas sounds very original. "How Dare You?" featuring Bilal (Produced by Severe, Poo Bear and Klypso) "How Dare You?" kicks off with a very smooth and refreshing vibe to it that just makes you feel fresh by listening to it. At first I was sceptical of Lupe using this beat but he does a good job on here and the production is entertaining to say the least. The drums here are dope and I really like the piano, synth and string melodies as well; altogether the beat matches well with the smooth vocals on the chorus. "Battle Scars" (with Guy Sebastian) (Produced by Pro-Jay and Guy Sebastian) I love the reversed pianos on here and the drums are dope too, especially the clap/snare. I also really like the way the chorus builds up to a real epic sound. All over this is a good song and I'm feeling it, especially the production. Brave Heart featuring Poo Bear (Produced by The Runners) For some reason the intro of this song reminded me of "Black Republicans" by Nas and Jay-Z. The production on "Brave Heart" has a real triumphant "yes we can" feel to it and matches the song title perfectly. I really think this is a dope beat and I like Poo Bear on here much more than on "Heart Donor"; his voice really helps add an anthem feel to this song. The electric guitars that get brought in on the production are amazing and I think this song would be great to use in a movie. "Form Follows Function" (Produced by Infamous) The production on here has somewhat of a jazzy feel to it, especially with the saxophones and pianos and it sounds pretty dope to me. Ill need to replay this song a bunch of times to catch all of the lyrics but some of the word play is here really dope as expected. Although I don't think the beat is bad I got tired of it after a little bit and would have liked to hear some more change ups but over all this is a pretty dope song. "Cold War" featuring Jane $$$ (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') The intro to this song is amazing and instantly pulled me in, especially the way the beat transitions from epic to a smooth and almost dark soulful vibe. Lupe delivers lyrically and the chorus on this is dope from the production to the vocals provided by Jane $$$. I really like the tom rolls and synths on the chorus and the way the verses make you zone out is incredible to me. This is probably my favourite song as a whole so far, especially in terms of production. The extra instruments that come in at the end of this record are definitely a nice addition that I appreciated as well. "Unforgivable Youth" featuring Jason Evigan (Produced by King David) This song really impressed me, especially the concept and the way the song ends; sheer genius in my opinion. The production here is dope as well; the synths, pianos and guitars on here are really dope and the choirs work nicely with the song concept. I also enjoyed the chorus on this record but the concept to this song really blew me away. "Hood Now" (Outro) (Produced by Poo Bear and Jamal Mally Mall) The beat on "Hood Now" is pretty repetitive (but catchy) except for on the chorus and the outro. I honestly dont really mind the repetitious verse melodies since the instrumentation and drum patterns fit Lupe's flow and rhyme scheme really well. I thought the concept on this song was dope and especially works nicely with the hypnotizing synths that some artists may have just used to make a club song. "Go to Sleep" (Produced by 1500 or Nothin') I really like the sounds of the pianos and choirs on this track; they have a very live sound and feel to them. The vocal samples incorporated with on the hooks are dope too and help add variety and balance to Lupe singing on the chorus. Overall this is a good song to zone out to and also a nice record to close the album out with; I dont really have any complaints on this one. I've been fortunate to review a lot of great albums lately and fortunately for me Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 (F&L II Part 1) keeps that trend going. "Cold War" is probably my favourite song from this album and overall F&L II Part 1 is a pretty satisfying album from the production to the lyrics and concepts. Although there are a few production flaws on Lupe's latest piece of work (mostly with "Lamborghini Angels" and "Heart Donor"), I think that overall fans will appreciate this album. With all songs and beats considered, I give F&L II Part 1 a 4 out of 5 rating.

  • Cmoore

    Lupe is real as they come, will support more artist who really put forth an effort to things that matter to everyday people, sorry 2chainz and rick ross....Nas has the album of the year on lock, but im waiting for Kendrick too, the Wu block album, and Kid Cudi...

    • Anonymous

      Nas album was really good. I have the Nas at 3 and the Lupe 2 and the Killer Mike at 1. That can change in time though.

  • Frank Johnson

    Aside from how much I like the album, I love this review. Beautifully written DX.

  • MercWithTheMouth

    This album is pure plasma, its the greatest thing my ears have ever had the pleasure of listening to, this is the album of the year in my books regardless of what some corporate reviewer says. Sure some songs don't hit me as hard but all the messages are great, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO LUPE, YOUR REAL FANS ARE OUT HERE!!!

  • Alex

    LUPE IS A LYRICAL GENIUS FUCK ALL HATERS! If you dont get his music, your intellect is just inferior. Get at me.

  • Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

    1. Ayesha Says (Intro) 2. Strange Fruition feat. Pharrell (Produced by The Neptunes) 3. ITAL (Roses) (Produced by Needlz) 4. Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free) (Produced by Pete Rock) 5. Audubon Ballroom (Produced by Kanye West, co. No I.D., co. Jeff Bhasker) 6. Bitch Bad (Produced by Q-Tip) 7. Lamborghini Angels (Produced by Hi-Tek) 8. Put Em Up (Produced by Jake One) 9. Heart Donor feat. Matthew Santos (Produced by Soundtrakk) 10. How Dare You feat. Talib Kweli (Produced by Hi-Tek) 11. Battle Scars feat. John Legend (Produced by Kanye West) 12. Brave Heart feat. Matthew Santos (Produced by Soundtrakk) 13. Form Follows Function (Produced by Hi-Tek) 14. Cold War feat. Sarah Green (Produced by Soundtrakk) 15. Unforgivable Youth feat. Patrick Stump (Produced by Soundtrakk) 16. Hood Now (Produced by Hi-Tek) 17. Go to Sleep (Produced by Needlz) ^^WHAT IT SHOULD'VE BEEN!^^

  • Anonymous

    old school lupe sucks!!

  • bastard

    One genius have a fuckin link for DL this album please ???

  • Matthew

    Album ***** -----F&L:2 = Return of the Jedi(Star Wars)

  • cudder

    This is as good as it gets until Indicud at least

  • Hip Hop

    Best Album this year.

  • gun di liro

    lyrics: 5 message execution: 4.5 production: 3.5 hooks: 3 The replay value on this album is no where near F&L 1 or The Cool, but is still a really good album. I just kinda miss the sound on his first two.

    • Big Boss

      Yeah well said. I have been listening to FL1 and the hooks are really great which makes replaying them excellent. The same is not true for FL2 and I haven't really listened to it in a week. I think a lot of artists are missing good hooks.

  • Klassik Records

    best album out this year so far, I say so far because Talib Kweli drop Nov. 20th. Nobody touching Lupe though!

  • blau

    First half of the album picks up where F&L 1 left off....second half should've been on The Cool or Lasers....he's best without the guest spots...wish he would've left off the imagery about the child molestation--kills that song for me.

  • Anonymous

    Eminem sucks ass compared to LUPE

  • anonymous

    This album is amazing, Lupe stays on point with his lyrics and keeps it interesting with an array of topics. But I feel Lupe could of picked better production, maybe more from soundtrakk? 4/5.

  • anonymous

    This album is amazing, Lupe stays on point with his lyrics and keeps it interesting with an array of topics. But I feel Lupe could of picked better production, maybe more from soundtrakk? 4/5

  • Boo-Boo The Fool

    Love the music Lupe is putting out. Definitely a must-cop album

  • MikeSe

    Food and Liquor is a classic, so is The Cool. Lazers was a good a;bum but that was not Lupe, that was the label wanting him to drop a more commercial project. Food and Liquor 2 stays on point with 1 just that Lupe has other topics to bring up this time around, that being the place of Minorities in America. How we don't help ourselves. This product was put together really well. Joint better win Album of the year.

  • Anonymous

    The album is good (especially the first half), but he sounds like he's reading the lyrics off paper the whole album, he needed to memorize his lines and put some energy into his delivery like past albums

    • los

      I was thinking something very similar. I love the dude but while he is rapping it sounds as if he does not really want to be there. his lyrics as always are on point but he is not really present.

    • humanature

      Cleverly put. I agree... Lup almost seemed as if he was going through emotions with some of the tracks. "Bitch Bad", "Lamborghini Angels", and "Around my Way" carry the album with concept alone. His delivery are par at best when you compare them to some of his previous hits. He has and will always be a great lyricist but I think he is missing that desire in the studio.

  • Mwoullard

    Not good as lasers

  • Anonymous

    The text is THICK in this album. Great for Hip-Hop. Some of the songs are weaker than others but all around its crack. All I wanna know is why did he have to call it Food & Liquor 2? This album has a completely different sound than Food & Liquor and he's speaking on completely different themes. He shouldve just called it The Great American Rap Album.

  • Dwes79

    This is an amazingly-articulate album with creative sampling, really good beats, and great content!!!! It was indeed "food and liquor"!!!

  • unknown

    why is it always the miserable cities that produce such great artists willing to speak their minds without fear? decent album. not better than his previous work (except lasers) but not bad at all.

  • Anonymous

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR (so far, considering Good Kid, Maad City is about to release)

  • Vinnie

    Genius work from a true lyrical genius. Every track is Lupe 100% and doesn't disappoint. haven't been able to find a flaw in this body of work. Honestly can't pick a favorite, every song is. Perfect 10/10 from a true fan. Hope he really doesn't retire

  • Danny

    What an album... If u say otherwise u need to check yourself before you wreck yourself cuz Lupe is bad for your health lol His a creative artist and will aways be b/c of his identity,individuality as well as his message to the people. I bought this album w/o listening to it and im not disappointed. Keep doing what your doing Lupe!!

  • Danny

    FIRE!!! Real HIPHOP!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Add some two more stars to that

  • Shawn

    I rate this a 5 but its more like 4.5. Intelligently savvy anecdotes and metaphors. This album is the kind of album that I've been waiting for. I love projects that I can listen to many times and still catch things that I missed previously. Just wish he had no I.d, more 1500, primo or other dope ass producers behind the wordsmiths lyrics. Definitely hand props to Lu about not using so many lame hook people that ruin his creativity. Not 5-5 bc of the two tracks mentioned in this review (great review) due to the mainstreamesque stature. Overal, best album released thus for for 2012.

  • YEBO

    PROBABLY THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR. LUPE SHITS ON EVERY WACK (EVEN GOOD) MC IN THE GAME FROM WACK ASS JOELL ORTIZ TO NAS AKA ONE OF THE GOATS. I DON'T GET IT HOW IT IS POSSIBLE THAT FLOPHOUSE GOT 4.5 FOR THEIR WACK ASS POP ALBUM AND THIS GOT JUST 4. THIS IS THE REAL MODERN CLASSIC, MAYBE NOT BETTER THAN FIRST F&L OR THE COOL, BUT ALL OF THE LUPE'S ALBUMS ARE CLASSICS, SO IT'S OKAY. ALONGSIDE WITH BASED ON TRU STORY WHICH IS THE BEST DEBUT ALBUM SINCE LUPE'S DEBUT.

  • TKD

    I've had this on repeat since I got it, but I'll be moving on before the week is up. Great message, great lyrics, above average production... but not as long-lasting as I expected. I still sit down and listen to F&L and The Cool, but I won't replay more than 4 or 5 songs on this. Yes, the songs mean something, but music is deeper than that. It has to sound incredible as well, and I'll still take Daydreamin, Sunshine, Hurt Me Soul, American Terrorist, etc, over any of this. If all these people out there are just thirsting for music with a meaning, why aren't you listening to Immortal Technique and repping him daily? Why push for Lu and K Dot and J Cole? Because they sound damn good too, and I don't think he achieved that. The lack of storytelling (one of his finest assets) is troubling for me here, just as it was on LASERS. And for those of you calling this a classic, ask yourself if you'll still be listening to it in 5 years when you've heard all the politics and preaching in it over and over again... they may be great now, but it reduces the replay value. If you think it's impossible to make a legendary album that has incredibly intelligent and emotional content through storytelling, go listen to The Roots, specifically Undun. That's a master album that deserves the 5 star rating, and this doesn't stand up compared to it.

  • Yes

    So much better than Lasers!

  • GrandBenevolent

    What our generation needs right now, call him preachy but rap needs a preacher. He is the Farrakhan of Hip-Hop speaking truth to power. God Bless him and may Allah protect him.

  • Trey

    give this album about a week to grow on you then you will realize how this CD is the next logical progression in the series this is Food and Liquor

  • Jordan

    I wrote my own review on this album. Check it out ---> http://thestixxclusiveblog.com/2012/09/27/lupe-fiasco-food-liquor-2-the-great-american-rap-album-part-1-the-stixxclusive-review/

  • 6x

    This review is horrific. You are literally writing this to show off your vocabulary. Next time, write about the music and not your mid term paper. "...dishing out shifting dichotomies through a scattering of deliveries without encroaching on petulance" You need to be punched in the throat and stripped of your reviewing duties.

    • big

      well said son. youll get shit from college alumni with a bs in being a smug hipster douce but you made a great point; why is it we have to act beyond means to make a point? thats this album to a T. lupe is good when he stays in his lane, to bad he doesnt anymore...shame and homeboy is starting to look he trying out for shagy on an all black rendition of scooby doo....

    • Gemstar

      So you took Lupe's "Dumb It Down" literally I guess. SMH

  • asher1985

    very average album overall. he may be good at putting words together, but lasers was so much better, the beats on that album were fantastic. and look at the sales predictions. i bet part 2 won't come out as planned because of this fail, sorry lupe try better next time and those two r and b tracks in a row, both really SUCK. i give the album a 3 because of his lyrical ability, i would say possibly his worst album after the cool

  • Danie B

    the BEST album to drop in 2012, most powerful album Ive hear since some Pac was released, spine chilling, and theres nothing ut right now, or will anything drop in the future that sounds like Food and liquor. this IS music that starts movements. every beat is sick, the words go perfectly with every beat, the topic of discussion in his songs is just so captivating. THis IS REALLY GREAT AMERICAN RAP

  • John-Boy

    I bought this and Cruel Summer at the same time. I played F&L2 first. I have yet to play a single track from CS and F&L2 has been on repeat.

  • amazing album

    what more do people want from hip hop?

  • Fado

    Maybe I need to listen too this album again but after a one time listen im disappointed overall. Lyrically Lupe was on his A game but production wise I was only feeling like 3 songs. The production of most of these songs wasn't unique or memorable like the original F&L. Im sorry some of the beats on this album were just cheesy too me, most of the ones that were good were done by 1500 or nothin. I dont think these songs are anywhere as catchy as the original F&l or the cool. Kinda wish Lupe would do an album with all the TDE producers like willie B and dave Free.

  • the real

    amazing. shit's on almost anything else out this year.

  • momoney215

    Solid 4/5 but still ain't on dat same level ad f&l 1 or the cool....this one was jus Lupe bein personal about dat times we in....not album of da year but top 3 or 5

  • ignoranceIsAmerica

    if this aint 5X i dont know what is

  • joshuamt

    Food & Liquor- 5/5 The Cool- 4.5/5 Lasers- 3/5 Food & Liquor II, part 1- 4.5/5 so far a good look on lupe every good artist has a bad album even kanye, pac, jay...

  • gigass

    instant CLASSIC.. not a huge rap fan but i had to come here and say there is nothing that tells me this album is less than 5 stars, lyrics beats everything's perfect... ''appreciate music for what it is, not what it represents''- Lupe

  • Anonymous

    the album slated to sell between 85-90k while his last album Lasers debuted at 204k lol original does not sell a lot I guess

  • Daman

    I hear ppl talking classic and album of year, how when this album is not better then Food and Liquor 1 or the Cool. Album not better then Nas Life is Good. It's a good album don't overate it for ppl.

    • A-Game

      I know that's your opinion but I think F&L 2 is better than Life is Good. Life is Good is a good album but alot of people overrated that album as well and I just can't mess with some songs. F&L 2 flows better in terms of an album and is more cohesive, minus Heart Donor and How Dare You of course.

  • KD

    Did some fool really say Lil Wayne would kill Nas and Lupe on the mic?Lil Wayne?Thats some funny shit right there.Good music obviously isnt for you. Stay listening to Young Money and Gaybach Music,son...Food and Liquor 2 is album of the year!

  • hamza

    Better album than the best album of 2012....

  • Tiradi

    Mannnnn lupe always on point.

  • Anthony

    Best rap album of the year

  • NasirJones

    The coolest nigguh whattt!! thats whats up lu!

  • Chris

    4/5. This album is NOT classic. If this album was a 4.5/5 or higher, then what was FL and The Cool? Those albums were classic. It's obvious that Lupe has taken political/social stances on this album, but he does so in a way that sounds very mainstream. Clearly he's matured into an individual who is focused on being an activist, but that has taken away greatly from his sense of creative lyricism. Ever listen to songs like dumb it down, streets on fire, kick push, american terrorist, etc? I can't see him making those kinds of songs anymore. To me, Lupe has become very 1-dimensional. This album is not a classic and people are just hyped over it since it just came out. I bet more than half of you won't ever pick up this album again after a year. It's a solid album, but nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    4 out of 5 stars thats hood now thats hood now

  • silas

    great album! still it could have been better the first eight tracks were straight FIRE but then it dropped off a lil bit - lupe the genius.

  • The Azrael

    damn Lupe... what happened to all those creative beats? They're all same average radio beats with dope lyrics. Disappointed ...

  • Phillip

    DOPE best album of the year by far.

  • stephen

    Hip Hop needed this album. respect to you Lupe.

  • Phil A

    Conceptually and lyrically, this album is a masterpiece! We need more artists that present a subject matter that make us listeners actually think. I love how he tackles many controversial topics on his album.

  • ...

    I thought this was a really dope album, although production wasnt too good.

  • MHealx

    Album of the year so far. Only one I see topping this is Kanye's/Pusha T's.

  • So Icy Boi!

    1/5 da worst album I ever heard. itz even worse den Nas' second album Life Is Good. fuck deze poetic niggaz. Lil Waye wud kill dem on da mic. he a real gangsta and skater. swag

    • los

      Wow .....fuck these poetic niggaz??? damn b.. u missing out on life, well a real great part of it if you really believe your comment. SMH

    • Matt

      Wow, didn't know you trolls could get wi-fi under bridges.

    • HIPHOP

      ANY DUCK HEAD THAT THINKS THAT WAS NAS'S SECOND ALBUM DOESN DESERVE TO COMMENT ON THIS SITE. KILL URSELF STUPID.... LADES AND GENTS HERE'S THE FUTURE OF THE LISTENERS OF OUR CULTURE... UN EDUCATED NO RESPECT FOR FOUNDATION OR THE CRAFT ASS FUCK NIGGAS... SMFH

    • humanature

      Any person using "swag" to hammer a point is an idiot....

  • Terkel

    Easily album of the year. This is so fucking good. Beats, lyrics and flow is just eminent

  • milord

    may the lord have.. mercy.. dope!

  • Dot

    The greatest rap album! EVER!!

  • waka flocka

    brilliant lupe! album of the year fo sho!

  • cwindfield1

    Hands down this album and Nas are about the only thing out right now worth actually buying, I loved this album.

  • Rain

    Thank you LUPE AND BLU for ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!

  • BLACK

    SILLY NIGGAZ... THIS ALBUM IS LIKE 10 TIMES BETTER THAN THAT SLAUGHTERHOUSE BULLSHIT!

  • GangRidah

    ITAL and Put em up alone make this album great

  • e-nice

    Im mad i aint get the album today, first in line at target early!! much respect to lupe,need a calabo with mos and talib.

  • GerDo

    Lyrics r on point, couldve used more creative choices with beat selection but still a great listen. Great bounce back from Lasers

  • Good album

    I would rate this a 4.3/5. The only song I don't really like is battle scars. That seems more like a lasers track. Oh and Heart Donor is hot idgaf what nobody says.

  • JAM32

    how do you give this a 4/5 and slaughterhouse 4.5?? I havent been agreeing with this website the past couple of months... Look... Life is good: 4/5 (should be 4.5/5) God forgives, I dont: 4/5 (should be 3/5) Our house: 4.5 (should be 3.5/5) FNL2: 4/5 (should be a 4.5/5) does anyone here agree?

    • Gup

      @Naw Tou wrong doe...Soulo putting Black Hippy on his back right now doe for real...As far as the Lupe go, haven't heard it yet

    • Naw

      that soulo joint was all kinds of mediocre. son's always been holdin BH and TDE back with that weakness in voice flow lyrics all that shit. 3.5/5 from me. Great American Rap tho? 4.5/5

    • good album

      The only one I think they got right was Control System (4.5/5) and I think that should be 5 imo.

  • Lupe De Fiasco fan

    This is a really good album, but ultimatley i think he needed more rappers on this. HE fails to carry the attention in the latter half of the album. Still though this is a lot better than Lasers, GO LUPE! Nas is gonna get the album of the year hands down unless Kid Cudi or Kendrick Lamar have something to say about it 4/5 stars

  • F n F

    Good Album. Better than Food & Liquor? Nah. This should have been titled something different. F&L was political, but also embodied something different. Lupe put his spirit into F&L with Kick Push, Day Dreaming, Sunshine, The Instrumental, I Gotcha, Hurt me Soul, & He Say She Say. There were no displays of emotion, being fre apirited, or just having fun. This album is strictly politically & socially driven. Really it's a shame, maybe this is what the industry has done to Lupe or he has matured greatly. I didn't hear any references to his concept of The Cool character which was awesome. All the singles overshadow all the tracks. The only song I really liked is Unforgivable Youth. Don't expect any Paris, Tokyo or Go Baby or anything remotely fun or laidback on this.

    • Rap Conniseur

      @F n F I agree with your assesment to an extent. I will say that because of promise Lupe displayed on F&L we look to him to set standards of what hip hop can be. Mixtape Lupe still shows that creative playful side of him. I think this album succeeds at following through with the concept of societal ills. This being said its still as good as or better than 90-95% of whats out there. Looking forward to part 2, maybe then we'll see that other side of him.

  • EDvanced1

    This is a great album... the first few bars after the intro... WOW

  • tjmacbeth

    Am I lame for liking heart donor? lol Favorite song was the first song after the intro. I played that 5 times before listening to this incredible album

  • Me

    Dope album really political. Love It

  • Chong

    No shoutout to Cold War? That was my favourite track on the album. But seriously this was so much more satisfying than Lasers.

  • Daniel Rattner

    This is the best album of this year thus far at least.

  • ali

    One of the best albums ever

  • sAYwHAT?

    I agree with the writer as well. Apart from those 2 tracks, the rest was pretty good. Lupe's never lost that lyrical & message side, even in lasers. But the production let him down in lasers. This is much better. The lyrics, the message & the production. I didn't expect this album to be a classic. But it's better then I thought. It's never gonna beat F&L1, not many albums will. He set the bar too high on his first 2 albums. Otherwise, this is pretty good. I'd give it a 4.2/5. It's solid and has the Lupe flavour of IDGAF

  • AlexTheDarkslayer

    Lupe's album was a classic and he showed his ability to have a conscious album mixed with songs with rap with intellectual flare. This review is the worst. Just pissed off at his Magazine boycott. His Lyricism was better than ever You just wanted another bland rap album like Cruel Summer.

  • profetic

    this album is perfection, ALBUM OF THE YEAR EASY

  • jg

    this album bumps. Not classic shit, but it has agreat sound i agree with the editor rating.

  • Moneger30

    TWEET ME @INCREDABUCKS MAKE 200 TO 500 A WEEK LEAVE YA EMAIL AT MY TWITTER AND CLICK ON MY FOR THE BEST T-SHIRTS. THE ALBUM OVERALL MESSAGE WAS NICE the singles was on point and i get the message but i heard part 2 is more hard rapping so i am waiting for that..but this 1 was real good album... brave heart and heart donor i like the hooks.

  • Guvsheist

    Great album! Believe that at least one person will listen for him and do something good for this world

  • KickinKnowledge

    What Lupe Did on Bitch Bad was amazing. . . Still trying to decipher the album but I love it. .

  • Kid

    Not a bad album, F&L is definitely still better unfortunately. I hope he comes out with a concept album like The Cool; a more metaphorical and deep CD is what I like.

  • Roger Rabbit

    Lupe Fiasco is following the same formula as Nas both have classic debuts both their sophmore albums was also well recieved, both have 1 bad album each and now Lupe has his Stillmatic hopefully Pt. 2 will be his God's Son overall fuck the haters that say the production is weak the beats are sick as fuck on Food & Liquor 2 and Heart Donor isn't all that bad compared to Lil Wayne songs so appreciate real art FNF UP.

  • Anonymous

    Just finished listening to Food and Liquor and The Cool to compare, and honestly FL2 comes up a little short. The lyricism has always been there for Lupe no doubt, but he really compromised on the production with this album. Hearing the first two albums, the sound was creative, fun and fresh. FL2 is the same tired thing over and over like he's trying to force it into something mainstream. Not sure if it's all industry influence but I would love for him to go independent and give us one more classic album. LupE.N.D. anyone?

  • TreyQue

    phenomenal album! his lyricism and awareness is unmatched in the hip hop world

  • JJ

    I was so disappointed by this album... Because I thought it was going to be a double CD album. But it wasn't. BOO to you Lupe. But 5 stars because Lupe's back!

  • DOPEG

    ya c lu is reppin the chi all day err day naw mean this shit is ill cuuzz we play lu all day err day in ma hood cuuzzzzzziiinnnnnnnnnnnnnn yawready kno what it do nd what it does fo real

  • Anonymous

    A major improvement from Lasers. A modern day Stillmatic.

  • Borat

    boring, not good, suck very much

  • NeoKingBlack

    This album was very refreshing and inspirational. People who dont want to face their faults and deamons may have problems with the tone of the album. The truth is Lupe didnt do this album to be the old lupe prior to Lazers. This was a reflection of this mans true thoughts and emotions. Its not just entertainment many songs were much more then that. I think the 3 (filler songs) on the album were just him trying to have a bit of fun on there and also meeting a few requests by the investors. This is a 5/5 album. "Now I cant pledge allegiance to your flag Cause I cant find no reconciliation with your past When there was nothing equal for my people in your math You forced us in the ghetto and then you took our dads" Thats the voice of the people speaking.

  • fortheglory

    I'd give it 5/5 based on what other garbage is getting 4/5's. Take out Poo Bear and add some more dominant features woulda been a surefire classic.

  • WinnignDUde

    Lyrical Masterpiece, best mainstream rapper with kendrick in the game right now, they keep it real.

  • A-Game

    It's a dope album, so I think 4/5 is accurate. Every song is good with the exception of a couple tracks. "Heart Donor" is definitely the weakest and while I do like the song "How Dare You", it doesn't really fit with the theme of the album. But "Put Em Up", "Strange Fruition", and "Form Follows Function" are all fire though.

  • DOPEG

    Lupe u ma nigga cuuzzz fo real doe i b waiting all dayy for this ish doee u feel me maah nigaahhh luuu from the chi all day every day awready kno what it do cuzzzzin

    • DOPEG

      mahh negro u did not under stand this ishh righ here cuzzin u must be rich or so'in naww mean dis shit is street commenting mah negro ya boy has to represent these hoods all day err day yawwready know what i mean cuzzz

    • NeoKingBlack

      What the hell did you just say man?

  • QuilWIll

    One thing about the album...I hated the preachy feel it had. That really doesn't do much for the broader amount of listeners that Lupe has gained. However, the album in itself, outside of maybe one or two tracks that could have been left out is REALLY DAMN GOOD! I mean...I think the production was well done, the lyrics were well done, flows, everything that needed to go right for Lupe did here. The preachy nature of the CD will definitely turn off a lot of listeners (that's something I had to get over my first listen through), but it won't turn off all. This is a GREAT solo effort. 4 out of 5 from me.

    • primalbeing

      let lupe worry about the broader audience. he diidnt do it to become the popular kid on the block listen to the message man. smh

  • David Miller

    C'mon it's lupe... gotta be 5 stars

  • Kuyabubblez

    I've been a fan of lupe since the beginning. I got every Fahrenheit 1/15, every mixtape, bought every album. Even bought lasers (I was very dissapointed). When FoTP came out I was saying "ahh yes! the story telling style that made me love lupe is still there awesome! No more of this preachy crap". Low and behold Fotp is just Lasers part 2. Am I saying that I don't wanna hear that positive stuff? No, I wanna hear it the way I know lupe can rap it to me, through stories and metaphors. FnL and The Cool had excellent messages everyone needed to hear and they were told with exceptional imagery. In Lasers and FnL 2, he's just blatently saying "hey this is bad for you, this too, the government is out to get you". Lupe said "he's done with rap" and I feel like he had that same attitude while he was recording this album" I'ma buy it of course, but its an underwhelming final bow for him

    • Anonymous

      The world may not be fun games and metaphors, but true artistry packs reality and the depressing state of humanity into powerful imagery. This album is not meant to have as much of an aesthetic appeal as his first two, and it certainly isn't supposed to be as laid back. Not saying I don't like Lupe being political - I think it's exactly what the industry, and the world, need. But it's a different way to get his message across. When his albums are compared, this one will always fall short as a musical whole to the original Food and Liquor and The Cool because they were crafted to convey a message through metaphors and stories and as such are easier to listen to. This is meant to be hard hitting, with the message on its sleeve, and far less appreciation of the way it may appeal to us in aesthetic ways. Think of it as the teachings of Jesus (regardless of whether or not you believe they are true): in the Bible, he uses stories, metaphors, and straight truth. They are all effective methods. Stories will stick in our minds, they appeal to an innate sense of beauty and wonder at the way imagery can be slickly used to depict narration and simultaneously impart a lasting message. A direct truth will force us to reflect immediately, to act on what we perceive to be injustice. That's what Lupe wants - action - because his message hasn't been heard in the past (I know they sayin, Lupe rappin bout the same shit/Well, that's cause ain't shit changed bitch) , and he has to try a new method to get it out there.

    • primalbeing

      you guys are real idiot like that guy sais. sorry you were fotunate enough to grow up in the worst part of chicago and become a conscious rapper . now you want him to stroke your ego to? imbecile. the world is not all fun games and metaphors .

    • Anonymous

      You fucking idiots.

    • Anonymous

      This sums it up basically.

  • Anonymous

    If poo bear was removed from the album and Matthew santos was subbed in it mightve been a classic. 4/5

    • Anonymous

      but DX's rating is so fuckin retarded. I cant take their 4/5's seriously at all cause they give everything that. Fuckin big seans album got it.

  • DJNateGrey

    Album of the year so far

  • ASEE

    I listen to a lot of conscious hip hop, but I find Lupe too preachy here. It's not like I'd rather him rap about ignorant shit, it's just that every song on this album is extremely political and often not in a creative way. 'Bitch Bad' is a good example of how conscious tracks can be really creative and provocative, but most of the songs here aren't like that--they're like having someone yell shit in your ear that you've heard a million times before over and over, track after track. Good message, but delivered in a really exhausting way. I'm also not too crazy about the beats and some of the hooks. Decent album though. I'd give it 3.5.

  • cruel winter

    far better than cruel summer.. love it

  • louie lolol

    keep it real.. 5/5

  • Farrakhan

    chief keef iz much betta. lupe iz boring to me.

  • Anonymous

    one of the best releases of 2k12

  • Anonymous

    Look whose counting the money tho'? That's why I say White people don't fully understand "Lupe" raps.

  • bob jane

    really good, honestly...

  • Kermit

    This album is so much better than Cruel Summer , 2 level up.

  • Abse

    Someone has to shine a light on all the worlds ills, right? If not Lu, then who?

  • Anonymous

    It's great lyrically (no suprise here), but Lupe's rapping performance was underwhelming, it didn't sound like he put real emotions into his words at all and that's where this project fails from a music standpoint. Music is all about emotion, great lyrics alone won't do it, especially not for somebody who is as talented as Lupe is. Check Scarface, you literally hear the pain in every single word he spits into the microphone. F&L1 and The Cool are way above this one, simply because they were better balanced and he actually put emphasis on his vocal performance. He should've named it The Great American Rap Album, the album focuses on too much negativity to call it Food (Good) and Liquor (Bad). I miss the joyful Lupe. This ain't his passion anymore. Dude quit rap a long time ago. 3/5.

  • jsoGT

    woot! lupe is back!! 5/5 put em up!! damn that lyric...

  • Gwappington

    Great comeback. Not the same as the classic FL1 tho

  • lukkas

    There is a huge gap between F&L 1 and 2 in terms of both the choice of instrumentals as well the flow. A gap in the negative sense. Lupe fiasco has become a common-mainstream-pop-HH rapper and thats really dissapointing..

    • yup

      over your head hey? lol, his verses a pretty straightforward now...good but i think they lack the depth and emotion that his first two albums had

    • Anonymous

      in terms of flow-yes, in terms of beat selection yes.. but lyrically? son this kid is over the heads of every motherfucker alive

  • Ricky Rozay

    Shit is easy to make a classic track. Get a bangin ass beat, get someone that can actually rap or sing (like Pac, Rozay or Hov), make sure it's catchy to the ear but isn't talkin about stupid shit, bang, classic joint. Too bad too many niggas can't craft a good song. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carlitos

    He never ceases to amaze me.

  • Ricky H.

    Lupe is basically trying to bring the diversity back to mainstream hip hop. I'm tired of no one being original anymore, and the only way to "make it" is to be confined in the box of acceptability in hip hop culture today. This can be seen all through the culture and the refraction of the music is visibly present in the people. He's one of the flagships that truly shows that hip hop is not dead. He's portraying a message saying that it's an alternate way to make it, which is to step out of the box and bring creativity back to hip hop.

  • rock soul

    Lupe Fiasco: food & liquor 2 is probably one of my most favorite album.. ever!

  • Anonymous

    you aint even heard it yet idiot

  • Anonymous

    he is probably on point but i dont fuck with rappers flowing over smashing pumpkins beats. its not his fault it seems like the majors wont release boom bap any more. every album sounds the same the only difference is its just different voices flowing over the beats. hip hop is no longer creative the style of dressed is copied from skateboarders. the beats are alternative rock, i'm really trying to find something else to get into because i have out grown this current state of rap.

  • Joseph Matan

    Liking this album. So far: -Food and Liquor -The Cool/ Food and Liquor II -Friend of the People -Lasers

  • Mike

    Straight fire from beginning to end

  • Roger Rabbit

    Lupe has just scored one of the greatest comebacks in hip hop history this album is fire waaaay better than Lasers and my favorite album in 2012 so far Favorite tracks: Lamborghini Angels, Put em up, Bitch Bad, Ital Roses, Cold World, Braveheart, Strange Fruition. Overall dope album should be 5 stars and how does get a 4.5?? Fuck you HipHopDX SMH.......

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others so what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az9kWMdFmKs

  • blk

    "If not Lu, then who?" Blu

  • Anonymous

    Its a 3 star album at best. Side note: DX thinks SH is better than this?? LOL compared to this SH is 1 star...

  • wow

    should win min 1 grammy.. 4/5

  • BOY

    wayne's going to be remembered as the next 2pac. How can you not award him that right. Look how much he has done for hip hop. Hip Hop album says have been on slow decline, yet Wayne has been the small breath of air keeping it alive and bringing in money by bringing in ATTENTION. Attention is what keeps music or anything else alive. He branches out and does other things than music. He features on other artists of different genres albums. Pac would be proud of Wayne if he were still alive and I even believe he would agree to sign to Young Money records and help Wayne build even bigger empire. If Wayne were to die, he WOULD become the same vessel of icon as Pac was and still is to this day. Look how many people bite Waynes style same as they did pac(Nas, Ja Rule). Yall know its true but are just to afraid to admit it.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, how cute. Another attempt to raise the number of the comments. Let's see how many take the bait! tldr: feeding the troll is bad, mkay?

  • ETK

    Time to end this G.O.A.T. foolishness. In this constant debate about Jay-Z being the best ever I read things like "Nas will destroy Jay-Z" or "Eminem got a better flow than Jay" Those are OPINIONS. When will you fools learn that you can't win a debate with OPINIONS. Every rapper has a different style based on where they are from, the time period in which they were most successful, and their unique personality. We all can go on for days about our personal preferences but in a debate criteria like this is completely IRRELEVANT and automatically BIASED. The only way to win a debate is with cold hard FACTS. And the fact of the matter is that, when you weigh all of the tangible criteria (Sales, Critical Acclaim, Consistency, Longevity, and Impact) Jay-Z makes the strongest case for the G.O.A.T. Eminem has sold nearly twice as much as Jay-Z, and he is Jay's equal when it comes to longevity and impact. But Em lacks the consistency or critical acclaim that Jay-Z has (Im not talkin cult/fanboy classics, Im talkin CERTIFIED classics. XXL/Rolling Stone/Source approved) Eminem is VERY close though. Nas has enjoyed more critical acclaim and more overall respect in the hip-hop community through the years. And he's definitely equal to Jay with longevity and impact. But he hasn't been no where near as much of a consistent presence in hip-hop as Jay has. And he is obviously lacking in the sales department. Lil Wayne just may be the most consistent rapper of all time. He's no slouch when it comes to longevity and impact either. His glaring flaw? In his 12 year career Lil Wayne has yet to drop a truly critically acclaimed classic album (and it can be done in this climate. just look at kanye's discography). Also, contrary to popular beleif, Wayne lacks in the sales department. Sure, Tha Carter III and IV are blockbuster albums, but his OVERALL sales of 10 mil US pale in comparison to Jay-Z's 31 mil. 2pac is a touchy subject. When it comes to impact, pac takes the cake. No other rapper touched the world like 2pac did. He, like Em, has also sold more than Jay and he was very consistent in his time. Sadly, 2pac passed before his time which allowed Jay-Z to surpass him in longevity and critical acclaim. LL Cool J was the prototype for what a G.O.A.T. could be. He has enjoyed the most longevity, and he was fairly consistent, but his sales, acclaim and overall impact are no where near the likes of 2pac, Eminem, and ofcourse Jay-Z. Biggie, Rakim, Common, Snoop, the list goes on. All of these MC's are great but none of them have the total G.O.A.T. package like Jay-Z does. Jay-Z is the 3rd highest selling rapper of all time, and the richest. He's one of the most acclaimed (perhaps only rivaled by his boy Kanye). He dropped multi-platinum albums YEARLY from 96'-03', and he is still going strong today. He's been in the game since 88'. He's impacted hip-hop in countless ways from starting one of the 1st successful MC-owned record labels, to being the 1st non-athlete with a signature shoe, to surpassing the likes of Elvis with #1 albums. Jay-Z is without question the Greatest MC Of All Time. Period. You don't have to listen to him everyday (Im currently on my Kendrick wave). You don't even have to like him. But for goodness sake, RESPECT THE FACTS!!!!!

  • ETK

    Time to end this G.O.A.T. foolishness. In this constant debate about Jay-Z being the best ever I read things like "Nas will destroy Jay-Z" or "Eminem got a better flow than Jay" Those are OPINIONS. When will you fools learn that you can't win a debate with OPINIONS. Every rapper has a different style based on where they are from, the time period in which they were most successful, and their unique personality. We all can go on for days about our personal preferences but in a debate criteria like this is completely IRRELEVANT and automatically BIASED. The only way to win a debate is with cold hard FACTS. And the fact of the matter is that, when you weigh all of the tangible criteria (Sales, Critical Acclaim, Consistency, Longevity, and Impact) Jay-Z makes the strongest case for the G.O.A.T. Eminem has sold nearly twice as much as Jay-Z, and he is Jay's equal when it comes to longevity and impact. But Em lacks the consistency or critical acclaim that Jay-Z has (Im not talkin cult/fanboy classics, Im talkin CERTIFIED classics. XXL/Rolling Stone/Source approved) Eminem is VERY close though. Nas has enjoyed more critical acclaim and more overall respect in the hip-hop community through the years. And he's definitely equal to Jay with longevity and impact. But he hasn't been no where near as much of a consistent presence in hip-hop as Jay has. And he is obviously lacking in the sales department. Lil Wayne just may be the most consistent rapper of all time. He's no slouch when it comes to longevity and impact either. His glaring flaw? In his 12 year career Lil Wayne has yet to drop a truly critically acclaimed classic album (and it can be done in this climate. just look at kanye's discography). Also, contrary to popular beleif, Wayne lacks in the sales department. Sure, Tha Carter III and IV are blockbuster albums, but his OVERALL sales of 10 mil US pale in comparison to Jay-Z's 31 mil. 2pac is a touchy subject. When it comes to impact, pac takes the cake. No other rapper touched the world like 2pac did. He, like Em, has also sold more than Jay and he was very consistent in his time. Sadly, 2pac passed before his time which allowed Jay-Z to surpass him in longevity and critical acclaim. LL Cool J was the prototype for what a G.O.A.T. could be. He has enjoyed the most longevity, and he was fairly consistent, but his sales, acclaim and overall impact are no where near the likes of 2pac, Eminem, and ofcourse Jay-Z. Biggie, Rakim, Common, Snoop, the list goes on. All of these MC's are great but none of them have the total G.O.A.T. package like Jay-Z does. Jay-Z is the 3rd highest selling rapper of all time, and the richest. He's one of the most acclaimed (perhaps only rivaled by his boy Kanye). He dropped multi-platinum albums YEARLY from 96'-03', and he is still going strong today. He's been in the game since 88'. He's impacted hip-hop in countless ways from starting one of the 1st successful MC-owned record labels, to being the 1st non-athlete with a signature shoe, to surpassing the likes of Elvis with #1 albums. Jay-Z is without question the Greatest MC Of All Time. Period. You don't have to listen to him everyday (Im currently on my Kendrick wave). You don't even have to like him. But for goodness sake, RESPECT THE FACTS!!!!!!!

  • MBTM

    Diddy fucked every artist in the business (figuratively and literally)

  • MBTM

    think about it, all of your favorite rappers are gay. *Jay-Z's best friends are gay *Kanye West wears women's clothes *Lil Wayne kisses men on the lips and wears lepoard print jeggings *Eminem hates women *T.I. and DMX kept going back to jail (they must love the prison sex) *Drake and Big Sean are closet homosexuals *Rick Ross and DJ Khaled are always together (they're life partners) *Nas talked a lot of homo sh*t about Jay-Z on Ether (stalking Jay?) *Ludacris is Bieber's butt buddy *Tupac was a ballerina as a teenager *Biggie talked about sucking a man's dick (on Me And My B*tch) *Dr Dre wore some suspicious wardrobe in is time in the World Class Wreckin Crew *Eazy E had AIDS *Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are weed (butt) buddies *2Chainz dickrides Kanye West (literally...) *J Cole dickrides Jay-Z (literally...) *Kendrick Lamar dickrides Dr Dre(literally...) and has a gay voice *Diddy fu

    • wad92

      The fuck is wrong with you, you wanna talk shit about people that's fine by me, that's your opinion and you're entitled to it but what the fuck is that shit about Eazy E and aids. Show some respect ffs. Aids ain't no joke. You think it's floating around the black community by coincidence?

    • Anonymous

      one day ull look back on ur homophobia and crigne

  • Anonymous

    niggas call wayne a pop star.. like no ceilings was pop? carter 2 was pop? lil wayne is pop when he shows up on every kids bob, and i don't think his lyrics gonna make the disney channel cut. it sounds cute when y'all say it.. but it doesn't make sense.. wayne is no where near pop

  • YESSIR

    WAYNE IS THE KING LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD... WHO HAS IMPROVED WITH TIME? WHO ALWAYS TAKE A BIG FAT DUMP ON EVERY SINGLE TRACK HE IS ON? WHO HAS NEVER BEEN OUTDONE ON A TRACK?

  • So Icy Boi

    Ehh...didn't bother to listen to it really. I stopped giving Lupe a chance when he sold out with the Lasers album. I thought he'd talk about real shit on this album but when I seen his singles were about lamborginhis and bad bitches, I knew it was the end for lupe. It's sad cuz he'll probly never see a Gold record, that's why his label is so hesitant to release his album. His last good album was that 'Lupe Fiasco Is Cool' album, the one with the triangle on it. I give this one a 2/5

    • Phoenix

      you obviously dont understand his lyrics or never actually listened to these songs and are judging them by there title. Bitch Bad is a socially conscience song about how music these days is messing up our kids with how it portrays women. And he is not rapping about Lamborghini's on Lamborghini Angels. its so sad these people these days cant understand real lyrics. And why are people talking about Lil Wayne in comments about a Lupe album. Lupe is possible the best rapper ever with how he puts lyrics together. Lil Wayne is the worst EVER his music never has any type of meaning even his old music Carter 1 and 2. Ive tried even reading his lyrics to see if i could understand what he is ever talking about but i cant ever figure it out. Lil Wayne just makes stuff rym.

    • realtalk101

      I never understood the knock on Lasers. I thought there was some really great material on that album. like "Never Forget You" when I listen to that song it springs me into instant reminiscing of my niece who passed away and shifts up to others I lost a long the way. "Words I Never Said" is just pinnacle material no matter genre, its masterful content and conceptually original. "The Show Goes On" is a firm structured track that had potential for commercial success yet the track was still rooted to not selling out what Lupe as an artist stood for. "Letting Go" was decent. Overall, sure the album as a whole wasn't the greatest ever, but 5 out of 12 or so by album standards these days and in many cases even the days of old, makes Lasers way above average. Maybe not by his standards but there is content worth taking from that album as a listener.

    • what?

      is this a serious comment??nahhh can't be

    • Anonymous

      Album got some great tracks on it! you missing out! but sometimes ignorance is too over powering.

  • C.Keene

    Best Album since The Cool

  • Blaque Ali

    I can't stop listening to this album!!! ITAL is the shit. What I think seperates this album from F&L and The Cool was his beat selection. A lot of the beats were knocking and that surprised me, but still had no reduction in the lyrical content. Good album...I give it a 4, it really deserves a five, but niggas get lazy when you tell em they made a classic. lol

  • oncle june

    beats and chorus = 0/5 lyrics 4.5/5 who can argue on that seriously....

  • Rafael

    Excellent comeback, minus 3 weak tracks. Classic stuff. THANKS LUPE!

  • Anonymous

    damn this is beautiful music

  • Gerard

    This is what we expected from Lasers. Like Lasers though, but missed this Lupe. On to Pt2

  • Anonymous

    New god flow by walter white http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltikn4ugkrY&sns=tw

  • Anonymous

    Slaughterhouse gets a 4.5 and this only gets a 4? That's just plain wrong man

    • Young King

      Lupe gets my props for being one of illest lyricists EVER, all. day. But y'all are fuckin buggin, that new Slaughterhouse album had good "Music" all over it. FOH.

    • justobserving

      Agreed!!!! shits a joke sometimes!! lupe on his own has come up with 7-8 good tracks on this album then 4 members of slaughterhouse! those motherfucka's had 4 brains+ eminems brain and still couldn't come up with shit.

  • Anonymous

    not really feeling lupe anymore

  • GRAMMY

    Can anyone say grammy?BTW I put the lyrics on screen videos on youtube just in case you guys want to check em out.

  • justobserving

    I'm bumping track 8 put em up , shit bangs!!! "Yeah keep em in the air like a swan wing,and im a keep magic as a harry potter wand swing" .......thats hot!

  • Josh

    This album shits on everything. Good shit Lupe "its HOOD NOW"

  • Anonymous

    It takes balls to slate Obama. I respect Lupe for doing so - Obama is killing innocent people. Fuck him.

  • yahya

    this is an amazing underated album lupe is too lyricsl

  • Anonymous

    Highly disappointed with this album, no Tyga, no Birdman, not even a wayne feature. smh whats the point of puttin out an album if you aint even got a cash money feature? that shit should be manditory, have a CMB feature or your album gets pushed back delayed and shelved. Lupe didnt even mention a bugatti on this album, he used a little bit of auto tune, thats a start, but the whole song shoulda been auto tune in my opinion, another thing is that there were too many big and smart words, you caint ride to no dictionary type shit nah mean? im givin the album a 2/10, needed more Ca$h Money, more auto tune, and more songs about stuntin and big timin ya dig, oh yea if you a fan of hip hop, you gonna be disappointed cuz there is no cheif keef collab on this album at all smh, damn fuckin shame. 2/10

  • Anonymous

    Based off the era of hip hop that we are in, were meaningful rap is so scarce ... this deserves a 5. This and Kendrick Lamar's album are gonna be the AOTY.

  • Vino

    Yo. Lu talmbout Camry's and being Fiscally responsible dont mean he cant have a Rari.. He's rich. he can maintain it. he's talkin to hustlas who wanna get that rari by all means with their first chunk of cash. smh HHDX..

  • justobserving

    Just going through the album now! some good tracks , track 2,3 and 8 hot so far!! some good fucking music finally!

  • firealarm

    great Lupe album aside from a track or two (Heart Donor)

    • Blaque Ali

      I liked the content of the song. The point he mad was dope, sometimes he gotta get off that soapbox and care about someone too!!, lol The chorus was on the cheesy side, but the message of the song itself was on par with the rest of the album.

    • Anonymous

      First I was like ... the guy is an award winning (4Grammy), critically acclaimed songwriter, and he only could came up with THIS? This chorus is simply dumb and doesn't sound well eiter, one of the weakest point in the album.

    • firealarm

      my biggest problem with Heart Donor is the chorus by Pooh Bear, just awful. Sounded like his chorus on the Yelawolf album.

    • Rain

      You tripping , Heart donor is Dope!

    • Anonymous

      LOL yeah Heart Donor was the CORNIEST song I've heard from Lupe ever, I thought I was listening to a Disney album for a sec.

  • ECU

    Great album buying it tomorrow

  • Anonymous

    She gotta big booty so I call her big booty.

  • Anonymous

    Props to Lupe for his message the things he says and points he is trying to prove in his songs. Other than that, this album is still to poppy and because of that is somewhat a disappointment despite his brilliant message.

  • Anonymous

    Man I'm so amped about that damn Jay Elect album that nothing else matters. Shit is killing me inside. Come on man show these cats how it's done. Goddamn Hov

  • Eye Control

    Ehh...didn't bother to listen to it really. I stopped giving Lupe a chance when he sold out with the Lasers album. I thought he'd talk about real shit on this album but when I seen his singles were about lamborginhis and bad bitches, I knew it was the end for lupe. It's sad cuz he'll probly never see a Gold record, that's why his label is so hesitant to release his album. His last good album was that 'Lupe Fiasco Is Cool' album, the one with the triangle on it. I give this one a 2/5

  • Anonymous

    They do this shit on purpose the album reviews arguably get the most hits on this site. There isn't any consistency with the ratings. There needs to be a set list of criteria on which all the albums are judged by instead of letting biased fan boys just post whatever they want.

  • Anonymous

    there are a lot of dope beats on the album, but then there are beats where it sounds like the producer mixed boom bap with pop (yeah I know lol) ... so its hit or miss.

  • Anonymous

    Hip-hop fans are never satisfied. Anyways, F&L2 is a classic.

    • ^

      You're an idiotic hater.

    • Anonymous

      Classics most important feature is to stand the test of time, you're really on here calling an album a classic that got released fucking today? (I know yall have been listenting to the leaks) but this ridiculous fuckery has to stop. Yall taking the meaning off the word. LOL @ niggas calling this one a classic off the fact and euphoria alone that Lupe decided to come through with a half serious effort after the disaster that made Nastradamus look like Illmatic.

    • Anonymous

      i agree hip hop fans o hat lot. lupe album is dope , the best album hes done, not a lupe stan at all), but slaughterhouse album is better to me. i enjoyed it more. this is music people. i love a good message beforeeverything but it should be enjoyable, idont wantit to sound ik a lecture, (hear enough of those in school) anyway the rating is dead on Thts the challenge, make message music fun..lol

  • Me

    Thought I was listening to a rap album and left feeling like I was lectured too.

  • ETK

    ok, some of you niggas need to understand THIS: you don't dig the production? fine nobody forces you to. you can say you don't like it... but saying stupid shit like "smh these blind hip-hop heads"-- no kill that shit you morons. PRODUCTION TASTE IS SUBJECTIVE. you can bump your head to certain type of shit while the next nigga won't. you don't like the beats, move on then. doesn't mean the album deserves a 1-star... cause then you came here/anticipated this album for the wrong thing. one thing most of us can agree on is that lyrically, this album delivers. spittin about real shit which is a change in hip-hop(not sayin he's the only one to do it). 5/5 Lupe killed it as always.