Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor is one of the 100 Best albums of the "Complex Era"

Complex celebrates its 1o year anniversary this year and to go along with that, they did what they do best and created a list of the 100 best albums of the last 10 years.

Lupe's "Food & Liquor" made it to position 62 on that list. It's time for Vol. 2 now. Here's what they said about the album:

Carrying on the Chicago tradition of conscious, street-wise rappers was this bespectacled kid with a name based on a Japanese manga cartoon. Lupe Fiasco was rapping about skateboarding and streetwear a good five or so years before the rest of the game became enamored with the "alternative" lifestyle.

With production handled by big names like The Neptunes, Kanye West, and Mike Shinoda—as well as a few of his in-house producers—Lupe put together a debut that explored what life was like for a kid who was from the hood but didn't let that fact define him. As much as Kanye helped usher in a new set of sensibilities within rap, Lupe played a big part as well with his blend of great storytellling and sociopolitical commentary.

Check the full list HERE


  1. No "The Cool"? Child pleez...

  2. THE COOL didn't make it? LMAO

    People can make one hell of a argument about it being better than F&L lol wow fail.

    Never mind the fact that it's only #62. Should be in the top 10 period.

  3. This list is a fucking joke. Never mind lupe being at 62 the whole list is horrible.

  4. "name based on a Japanese manga cartoon"

    haha! Fail.

  5. @ludvik I was looking at that and thinking "I don't think thats right...". These guys just don't do any research and thats how you get such a half-assed list

  6. this list is some absolute shit. how the fuck is graduation the best album of that decade?

  7. I agree with the dude at the top. Food and Liquour should be in the top 10 of Best albums of the last 10 years. I know it's in my personal top 10 of favorite albums of all time. But to the magazine's credit, I like how they summed up the concept for Food and Liquour as, " it's about a boy from the hood that doesn't let that fact define him." Took the words right out my mouth.

  8. *Liquor* my bad

    Cause, it's very hard to sum up a lupe fiasco album in one sentence.

    I like how lupe fiascos albums have this way of being indirectly biographical. I think I once read an article where lupe said he hated making songs about himself. So he makes songs about other things. But when you hear the all the songs of his albums, step away and think. His albums are always about him and what he's going through at that moment.

    Like I felt that the album the Cool was about Lupes search for the Cool.


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