Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 [The Guardian Review]


Kitty Empire reviewed Lupe's Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt 1 for The Guardian and gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Read below:

F&L II momentarily threatened to be rapper Lupe Fiasco's final album after an ugly Twitter altercation with another rhymer, up'n'comer Chief Keef, found the highly evolved, practising Muslim appalled by the violence of the younger generation. The beef is over, but F&L II would still make a proud swansong.

Standout single Bitch Bad examines how language shapes attitudes with forensic nuance (and piss-taking Auto-Tune).

The video, meanwhile, tackles the minstrel mechanics of commercial hip-hop. The tunes are pugnaciously mass-market, with debts to Kanye West. Throughout, though, tracks such as ITAL (Roses) and Audubon Ballroom come inflected with righteous fury and weary humour.

via The Guardian

35 comments:

  1. 3 out of 5 is a joke. The Guardian is bullshit anyway. Watch The Throne got 4/5 and a more powerful album with a more meaningful message gets a 3?! Absolute joke.

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  2. Honesly after hearing the whole album this article is complete and utter bullsh**... and that's not because I'm a die heard lupe fan. But anyone from start to finish can feel what the man is saying. Swansong? Piss taking auto tune? Debts to kanye? Honestly I don't even like opinions of lupe from other people any more who doesn't understand where he is coming from... radio is dead and hip hop is almost dead. Real needs to wake up and the rest can go to sleep...

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  3. That's all they had to say? That can't be a full album analysis. Lol

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  4. Guys Guardian gave F&L & The Cool a 3/5 also

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  5. Guardian always write shit reviews. Doubt it they even listen to the album properly and without prejudice. For such a well established paper that and their other reviews jus seem like 'for the sake of it' pieces. Wonder if Pitchfork will touch FL2?

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  6. Does this reviewer even listen to hip hop?

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  7. He's not as well known as a Kanye or Jay z so to them he'd have to put out something out of this world to be on par with them. It's stupid but they are stupid so it kinda fits

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  8. I'd take this review more seriously if they didn't state uninformed facts like "F&LII momentarily threatened to be rapper Lupe Fiasco's final album". He still has two more albums. Get it right

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  9. I can honsetly say that this album can get a 3/5, but his first two!? hell no. The only reason I can give this a 3/5 is because of how modern the prod. was, I could barely bare the feeling of hearing lupe rap on a beats with a cheap horns, 808's, and synths with pop sounding progressions. Honestly some of the tracks could of been on lasers, due to its somewhat commercial sound. But overall, tracks like form follows function, cold war, strange fruition, hood now, and put em up, those were very good songs, but overall the message of the album is dope as always.

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  10. don't say The Guardian is bullshit. It's the best newspaper in the world.

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  11. What does practicin Muslim has anything to do with their review

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  12. I'm waiting on the deadendhiphop and theneedledrop reviews on youtube. I respect these guy opinions more than any magazine. I buying this album though regardless what anyone says.

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    1. Oh man, I thought I was the only one who watched them!

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  13. If you wanna be outraged wait and till fnl2 gets no nods come grammy time

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  14. Not a 3/5. The album is 3.5/5 at the least and 8.5/10 at the least.

    I personally give the album a 9/10. Nobody is fing wit Put em up, brave heart and strange fruition.

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  15. I have to say this....I am a diehard Lupe fan. IMO, he's top 5 greatest of all time. With that said...Lupe, dude you are really disappointing more and more. You've transformed. You were once an underground intellect making statements through your subliminal creativity and storytelling ability. Now your like some extremist spitting propaganda over weeeeak ass tracks. Commercial tracks. It sucks man. This album cover...WTF. I'm sure there's a message but dude, come onnnn. There was a message behind F&L and the Cool, way before you started acting like some new age Malcom X. Please come back to the good old days because the music you're making nowadays truly is not what I and many of your fans want to hear. I'm sorry. This is just dumb. What are you trying to do? I know many people on here won't agree with me and say I'm ignorant. Fine. But, I am a fan of yours. And, if I can see the drastic change in your music I'm sure countless others can see it too....I was hoping F&L2 would be "Great" but I just don't see it. And, that really sucks for me man. : (

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    1. I think Lupe just responded to your comment on twitter. If you look at one of his recent tweets he says this:

      Can't really take you serious when u critiquing something u ain't even supposed to have...to that anonymous commenter...yeah I'm talking 2 u -- Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco)

      If true then Lupe frequents this blog more than I thought.

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  16. ^ why would you post that in multiple posts? stop trolling.

    that being said...GOD FORBID someone have an opinion that differs than you fans...the guy didn't like it. case closed. Music isn't objective, you CANNOT say that it IS at least a 3.5 because the 3 is HIS OPINION.

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  17. The Guardian is a great paper. Stop bitchin'. A review is just an opinion and opinions tend to differ.

    Do you like Food and Liquor? Y/N?
    I know I do, that's all that mattes to me.

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  18. listened to songs on youtube cant wait to get the album tues its a definate 4.9/5 for me!! plus some grammys and a solid #1 album and single for good measure. thankyou lupe!

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  19. This album is a let down for me as well. Other than strange fruition I don't see myself replaying this like I still play f&l one. This new album is full of dumbed down punchlines and almost no metaphors with any depth. That hook on heart donor is painful to listen to. Yo real talk it hurt listening to this album. I know I'm not alone in my opinion on this like anon above me said. I'm not trying to shit on Lu either cuz homie was one of the contributing factors for my love for Hip-Hop back in 06. All the curses, terrible beat selection, lack of lyrical dexterity outside of using "like blah blah" has me embarrassed calling this the sequel to my favorite Hip-Hop record of all time.

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  20. I loved the album and I believe it surpassed the hype. I think the haters are just hating because its not on the level of the original food and liqour or the cool...and lets be honest, those albums are at a such high level that nothing will even come close (IMO). With that said, Wasalu if your reading this, your album is DOPE! Thank you.

    PS. Why does poo bear/MDMA keep changing his name ???

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  21. Don't listen to this bullshit reviewer I HEARD THE WHOLE ALBUM AND I THINK ITS AMAZING!!


    sorry lupe i couldn't wait:(

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  22. Wisdom. You can't bash someone's craft. You don't like it. Don't listen. But your going too far calling this album dumbed down. It is far from it. Lasers (not dissing, loved the album) was dumbed down. This album was a great sequel. It expanded on the first and became it's own. Exactly what a sequel is supposed to do! It is not supposed to be exactly like the first! I swear sometimes I am ashamed of calling myself a fan of Lupe. Because we are the worst. We don't appreciate a fucking thing this man creates for us.

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    1. Firstly, who are you to tell me what to do? Second, how is giving my own personal opinion on his album bashing it? Just because you and I may have differing opinions on his album who is to say I'm wrong or right on my own critique of it. How am I supposed to know whether I like it or not if I do as you say and "don't listen if you don't like it"? That's contradictory. I gave it a thorough listen and came away disappointed. I get it now. Only comments praising his work are allowed. Any comments showing disappointment mustn't be permitted. I mean the guy is perfect right? Many of you on this blog would make great Thought police! Lasers sucked, but this is not on caliber with f&l one in any shape or form in my opinion. There is no track that will be memorable for me years from now. The production is lack luster and generic aside from "Strange Fruition " and a track or two. In my opinion this album did not improve upon f&l whatsoever. Tracks like unforgivable youth and cold war failed to hold my attention Like American terrorist or hurt me soul did. Get real people do you really feel deep down that any tracks on this new album compare to the two previously mentioned songs? I appreciate the work of skill and quality who puts out. Not the work that felt lacking. Many of you have said that artists must evolve and this is true. But if this current evolution of Lu means more curses to fit with a rhyme scheme and a falling back on of simple "like as" amateur lines then you are settling.

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  23. re album release theres prob lots of trolls posting round the places as well we gotta remember!

    not saying here but yep general rule bet theres lots

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  24. Some of these fans that are complaining are funny. I understood the disappointment in Lasers because of the production and his dumbed down lyrics, but your disappointed with the new album, really? Lupe was super lyrical on Friend of the People but fans complained that the beats were trash. Now Food & Liquor has more hip-hop sounding beats and now fans are complaining that he's not lyrical enough? Lol wow. It just seems like no matter what Lupe puts out, people are going to complain. He just can't seem to win with these people lol.

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  25. @Wisdom And in terms of lyrics, what did you expect him to do? Have 17 "Dumb It Downs" and "Failures". People seem to be forgetting that on Food & Liquor 1 and The Cool, Lupe wasn't SUPER lyrical on EVERY song on those albums either. For most of the songs on those albums he just told stories that helped achieve the concept that the album was going for. Maybe one or two songs had double/triple meaning lines and crazy metaphors. And Lupe had the same exact formula with Food & Liquor 2. Most of the songs on the album are telling his point of view of America. Hence why it's called "The Great AMERICAN Rap Album". And if you don't think Form Follows Function is not up there in terms of lyrics, I'm sorry you need to hear it again lol.

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  26. Ppl ain't feeling his shit its either you agree or move the fuck on they have an opinion just like you and guess who GAF? Exactly save for Lupe would prolly bitch about that wack ass newspaper/mag or whatever before he big up ppl thats on the front lines wastin their time defendin his name honor and ass

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  27. @Wisdom Look man, I'm not tryna tell you what to do. I agree with the fact that we can agree to disagree. All I'm saying is that you can't expect an artist to be on the same level that they were on when they first started. For example, since Eminem's first two albums his quality has gone down, since Jay-Z's first album his quality has gone down, since Nas' first two albums his quality has gone down, etc. They were all much hungrier in the beginning of their careers than they are now. There are plenty of artists who fall into this category, including Lupe. I'm not trying to make excuses for him, but it's the truth. Obviously his current album doesn't match up with Food & Liquor 1 or The Cool but I still feel it's a great album and it does what it has to do. And he still shows signs of wit and has some great wordplay. Nonetheless, I still feel Lupe has another classic album in him. And you're right it's your opinion to say that you don't think it's up to par with his previous albums, just like it's MY opinion to say to just take the album for what it is and stop expecting "perfection" everytime.

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  28. unforgivable youth is AMAZING!

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  29. RA K is a classic stan dick rider an i agree with Wisdom 1000% percent

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  30. @ViLlain Dude who's the dickrider? You keep responding to me because you don't like my opinion and your talking like Wisdom really gives a fuck that you agree with him. Get off his nuts lol. And how am I a dickrider, because I like the album? Lol okay man. I never said everything that Lupe does is great because I didn't care for LASERS and initially I didn't like Friend of The People. So you saying I'm a "classic stan dick rider" is void. Now run along because me and Wisdom were talking, so hop off my dick and get outta here with your negative ass. lol

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