For better or worse, there aren't too many emcees that
are remotely close in skill level to that of Lupe Fiasco. For better because of his incomparable lyricism that
could draw comparisons to what Jay-Z
may have been if it weren't for the drug game. The double entendres, the knack
to flip his style at the drop of the dime and unique capability to tell stories
all could make Lupe the "Nerd Hova".
But for worse because when someone is that far ahead of the game, it is
relatively difficult for the average person to catch up.
Food & Liquor
was the brilliant debut that showcased the better and the worse of Lupe Fiasco. Critically acclaimed yet
couldn't put a significant dent in soundscan (and wouldn't have sold what it
had if it wasn't for the Kanye West
and Jay-Z cosigns), it was apparent
that Lupe was a tough pill to