Food & Liquor(Explicit Version) CD (2006)

Artist: Lupe Fiasco

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Product Overview

There was a buzz surrounding rapper Lupe Fiasco (thanks to a botched deal with Arista, an association with Kanye West, and a postponed record release date) for some time before his debut dropped in 2006. Thankfully, however, the hip-hop world's high hopes were met in full with FOOD & LIQUOR. Innovative, conscious, and boasting work from top-shelf producers like West and the Neptunes, the album comes on strong and doesn't let up, offering a battery of agile, articulate, laid-back rhymes over a backdrop of sophisticated, retro-tinged tracks. FOOD & LIQUOR announces the arrival of a talent poised to take his place in a lineage that includes Nas, Common, and West himself.


Label Atlantic / Wea
SKU 202717418
UPC 075678395925
UPC 14 00075678395925
Format CD
Release Date 9/19/2006
Author Lupe Fiasco
Associated Artist/Work Bassnectar
Associated Artist/Work King, Emily
Associated Artist/Work King, Emily (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work Sebastian, Guy
Associated Artist/Work Sheeran, Ed
Associated Artist/Work Tydolla$ign
Artist Influence A Tribe Called Quest
Artist Influence AZ
Artist Influence Brand Nubian
Artist Influence Cee Lo Green
Artist Influence Common
Artist Influence Crucial Conflict
Artist Influence De La Soul
Artist Influence Ed O.G & da Bulldogs
Artist Influence Freeway
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Intelligent Hoodlum
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Mos Def
Artist Influence Nas
Artist Influence Q-Tip
Artist Influence Spice 1
Artist Influence Two Kings in a Cipher
Artist Contemporary Charles Hamilton
Artist Contemporary Childish Gambino
Artist Contemporary Danny! (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Jay-Z
Artist Contemporary Jean Grae
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Little Brother
Artist Contemporary Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Artist Contemporary MGK
Artist Contemporary One Be Lo
Artist Contemporary Ray Cash
Artist Contemporary Rhymefest
Artist Contemporary Talib Kweli
Artist Contemporary The Throne
Technical Info
Engineer Greg Magers; Andrew Coleman; Bojan Dugich
Producer Kanye West; Craig Kallman; Soundtrakk; Prolyfic; I Monster; Mike Shinoda; The Neptunes; Brandon Howard; Kanye West
CatalogID 83959
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 09/19/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678395925
Musical Guests
Jill Scott
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lupe Fiasco (rap vocals); Jill Scott (vocals); Gemini, Jay-Z (rap vocals).
Audio Mixers: Craig Bauer; James Auwarter; Bojan Dugich; Patrick Viala.
Recording information: 1st And 15th Studios; Record Plant; Right Track Studios, NY.
Photographer: Mireya Acierto.
Artist Overview
Representing the Windy City, rapper Lupe Fiasco is a friend and contemporary of hip-hop game-changer Kanye West. And like West, Fiasco offers an interesting alternative to the bling-obsessed thug rap that dominates much of mainstream hip-hop in the 2000s. A devout Muslim, Fiasco refrains from nearly all the typical indulgences of the rap lifestyle, and rhymes about diverse topics such as skateboarding, addiction to TV and other social ills, and the tenuous state of hip-hop in general. Though he is a somewhat left-field presence in the rap game, his fierce skills and commitment to the hip-hop community have garnered him the respect of a diverse and impressive list of peers.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Fiasco reflects on the personal and the political, and reminds fans of everything hip-hop can be. It's full of surprising, creative moments..."
Rolling Stone (p.104) - Ranked #16 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "Fiasco's debut is smart, ballsy hip-hop both backpackers and Jay-Z fans can love."
Spin (p.59) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[H]e's the hip-hop Morrissey, which is exactly what the genre needs."
Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "[The songs] show a young man reaching for the sky, and touching it often enough." -- Grade: B
XXL (Magazine) (p.140) - "Lyrically dense with a strong moral undercurrent, the album delivered on Lupe's promise of thinking-man's hip-hop..."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Real
3 Just Might Be OK
4 Kick, Push
5 I Gotcha
6 Instrumental, The
7 He Say She Say
8 Sunshine
9 Daydreamin'
10 Cool, The
11 Hurt Me Soul
12 Pressure
13 American Terrorist
14 Emperor's Soundtrack, The
15 Kick, Push II
16 Outro
Product Attributes
Artist Fiasco,Lupe
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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