The LupEND Blog reviews "Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album PT. 1" Track-by-Track (Part 5)


For the last part of this series check out @Rhymestyle's review of F&L2!

1) Ayesha Says - It's not a Lupe album without Ayesha properly introducing the album. Also a great foreshadow of what's to come on the following 15 tracks. Let the fireworks start!

2) Strange Fruition - Soundtrakk on the beat! Great intro to the album, verses are on point. Can't say I'm a fan of the hook though.

3) ITAL - This became my favorite song on the album after the first time hearing it. Also "Ain't no manhood in no bang bang" <-- I see what you did there, ha!

4) Around My Way - I actually think this is a great resurrection of the classic. If there was anyone to revive it, it's Lu, and he did it right.

5) Audubon Ballroom - "..Turn the glass ceiling to a glass floor..Make a trampoline out of trapdoor.." <-- That is fucking dope to me. Think about it. I basically preach that to anyone and everyone I know. I see way too many people that accept glass ceilings as their limit and never even attempt to break through it (or to make it into a glass floor, ha!). Solid song.

6) Bitch Bad - I don't even have to go in about Bitch Bad. I fucking loved this record since the first time I heard it and the video is INCREDIBLE. Also one of the realest records I've heard in a good minute.

7) Lamborghini Angels - The dope part about this record is the fact that Lu draws out his lyrics in your head…if that makes sense. Definitely my top 3 favorite on the album.

8) Put Em Up - Lu definitely put the boxing gloves on for this record. You might have to repeat this one a few times before you catch everything. I truthfully wish that more songs on the album would've been like this one.

9) Heart Donor - Not feeling this one at all. I don't know what it is, but just not feeling it.

10) How Dare You - Same as Heart Donor, not feeling it. I do like it better of the two though.

11) Battle Scars - First and foremost, who the fuck still blocks out videos on youtube based on the country you live in? The only reason it took me a good minute to hear this song is because it was only available on youtube if you lived in Australia and I really didn't feel like looking for it at the time. Come on now, it's 2012, cut the gate bullshit. Second, great single. My only thing with this song is that it sounds more like a Guy Sebastian song featuring Lu (which it is, right?). Upvotes!

12) Brave Heart - THE RUNNERS!!! Definitely a great combo. This record immediately jumped on the top of my list of favorite records on the album.

13) Form Follows Function - TIME. OUT. Rewind, yo get RapGenius on the line. Crop circles around the rap game. Now if only we can get a better mix of this…

14) Cold War - This song actually gives me chills. Very emotional. I actually had a chance to meet Esco while I was out in NY for the Stepping Laser tour with S-Preme, definitely was a great guy. :( #ripESCO

15) Unforgiveable Youth - Imagery, imagery, imagery. Again, Lu uses your brain as a canvas and paints pictures in your head while giving you a quick history lesson.

16) Hood Now - This is a GREAT outro track.


Overall, I definitely liked the album. If I had to rate it, it gets 4 thumbs up out of 5 (just pretend I have 4 thumbs). Lu definitely delivered with this album and so:

18 comments:

  1. Great review. I wasn't really feeling heart donor either but I thought how dare you was a nice one for the ladies. Better than "Out of my Head" from lasers, not nearly as good as "Sunshine" though.

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  2. Good review, initially I wasn't really feeling Heart Donor either but the verses are dope. I just fast forward the hook ahaha

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  3. 1)Ayesha Says- Its nice to hear Lupe's sister back on the intro....i was eccstatic when i saw the title when the track listing was revealed...

    2)Strange Fruition- Soundtrakk!!! This is a great great great intro track.....A swindled generation with no patience, full of swag Man, they so impatient with the stations that they have As long as they look good when they be doin’ bad Then the separation from the truth is gettin’ vast, fast Be a slave at first or free at last....Lupe is always dropping knowledge....Baptize your mind, let your brain take a bath....as he raps you can visualize what he is saying....Love this trackk

    3)ITAL(Roses)-Love the way hes teaching the youth (and other rappers) in his lyrics....all positive...1500 have a good bulk of production on this album and this track is one of my favs...i love how he looked at Obama from other ppls eyes as they ofcourse call him a terrorist....and its not just about Obama, he means all previous presidents....

    4) Around My Way (Freedom aint Free)- What Lu did to this track is above and beyond what i expected after i 1st heard it...Pete Rock should have bin happy that Lu did such a good job with the beat that Pete infact sampled....the lyrics in this song are ridiculous and its an amazing history lesson....(Lifts his glass of water and cheers everyone)..a single like this should be going platinum but "the people" cant understand something this smart in music....and the video is amazing...taking shots at all "bling" rappers...hahahah rented car hahhahaaaaa...Genius..

    5)Audubon Ballroom- Were Malcom X got shot and killed...but its so titanic to be iced out That's just scratching the surface like triple axels....lyrically ahead of the game...the beat is perfect...love this track....

    6) Bitch Bad-Perfect...from lyrics...to Beat (audibles)(i was worried at 1st)...to video....to point being provin...this song has so much meaning....

    7)Lamborghini Angels- My favorite track....hands down...the beat is ridiculous...the message is crazy...the chorus is a great sample from my favorite mixtape E.O.T.S....PERFECT....

    8) Put Em Up-Power song..1500 excellent beat...Lu's Killing the game...this shows that hes the best....he states only 2pac is topping me but i think hes the best to do it....love the word play with the word king in the 1st verse...the whole song is ridiculous...

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  4. 9) Heart Donor- Everyone hates on the "ladies section" on the album...i like it...good fit...why not? biggie did it....pac did it...and the ladies love it...the lyrics are still there...good shit

    10) How Dare You-when Lu 1st announced the title and that it was gonna serve as a single on the album and be realease on 9-11 i honestly thought it was gonna be a heavy political, conspiracy theory song....hahahhaha waaaaay off....but still i like it and it still had lyrics..."and im a hold my baby down like a car seat" hahha i love it Lu playing around with his raps....enjoy it people

    11) Battle Scars-Everyone can relate to this song because everyone goes threw shit...easy to adapt to this song...

    12) Brave Heart- this song is sick from the lyrics to the beat!!!!! Runners beat is raw and lupe destroyed it! top of his game

    13) Form Follows Function- This reminds me of "failure"...you gotta give it a tons of listens to slowly get it...hes just showing off that he definetly is the best...Infamous killed it...great beat...Lions won't cross the line
    Cougars won't move a paw Chickens won't cross the road Dogs won't roof at all Always had flow, just added a front door, roof, and walls...wow

    14) Cold War-Hums hard in the truck...1500...great beat...great story...great lyrics...you ain't fuckin wit my mannnnnnnnnn

    15) Unforgivable Youth- This guys story telling is ridiculous...he just paints a picture and you see it while your listening to the song...Good Work King David....powerful..

    16) Its Hood Now- This song is excellent...love 1500...love what Lu did here and what he said...plenty of meaning...

    Overall this album with the contents it has....school lessons...history...real life storys...Real Life Events...is a masterpeice...10/10...thank you Lu

    Thank God for Lupe Fiasco...

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  5. Some random review I saw on HipHopDX thought it would be nice to post here as well.

    TOY T - OCT 13, 2012

    1) Ayesha Says- Its nice to hear Lupe's sister back on the intro....i was eccstatic when i saw the title when the track listing was revealed...

    2)Strange Fruition- Soundtrakk!!! This is a great great great intro track.....A swindled generation with no patience, full of swag Man, they so impatient with the stations that they have As long as they look good when they be doin bad Then the separation from the truth is gettin vast, fast Be a slave at first or free at last....Lupe is always dropping knowledge....Baptize your mind, let your brain take a bath....as he raps you can visualize what he is saying....Love this trackk

    3)ITAL(Roses)-Love the way hes teaching the youth (and other rappers) in his lyrics....all positive...1500 have a good bulk of production on this album and this track is one of my favs...i love how he looked at Obama from other ppls eyes as they ofcourse call him a terrorist....and its not just about Obama, he means all previous presidents....

    4) Around My Way (Freedom aint Free)- What Lu did to this track is above and beyond what i expected after i 1st heard it...Pete Rock should have bin happy that Lu did such a good job with the beat that Pete infact sampled....the lyrics in this song are ridiculous and its an amazing history lesson.... (Lifts his glass of water and cheers everyone)..a single like this should be going platinum but "the people" cant understand something this smart in music....and the video is amazing...taking shots at all "bling" rappers...hahahah rented car hahhahaaaaa...Genius..

    5)Audubon Ballroom- Were Malcom X got shot and killed...but its so titanic to be iced out That's just scratching the surface like triple axels....lyrically ahead of the game...the beat is perfect...love this track....

    6) Bitch Bad-Perfect...from lyrics...to Beat (audibles)(i was worried at 1st)...to video....to point being provin...this song has so much meaning....

    7)Lamborghini Angels- My favorite track....hands down...the beat is ridiculous...the message is crazy...the chorus is a great sample from my favorite mixtape E.O.T.S....PERFECT....

    8) Put Em Up-Power song..1500 excellent beat...Lu's Killing the game...this shows that hes the best....he states only 2pac is topping me but i think hes the best to do it....love the word play with the word king in the 1st verse...the whole song is ridiculous...

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  6. ... 9) Heart Donor-Everyone hates on the "ladies section" on the album...i like it...good fit...why not? biggie did it....pac did it...and the ladies love it...the lyrics are still there...good shit

    10) How Dare You-when Lu 1st announced the title and that it was gonna serve as a single on the album and be realease on 9-11 i honestly thought it was gonna be a heavy political, conspiracy theory song....hahahhaha waaaaay off....but still i like it and it still had lyrics..."and im a hold my baby down like a car seat" hahha i love it Lu playing around with his raps....enjoy it people

    11) Battle Scars-Everyone can relate to this song because everyone goes threw shit...easy to adapt to this song...

    12) Brave Heart- this song is sick from the lyrics to the beat!!!!! Runners beat is raw and lupe destroyed it! top of his game

    13) Form Follows Function- This reminds me of "failure"...you gotta give it a tons of listens to slowly get it...hes just showing off that he definetly is the best...Infamous killed it...great beat...Lions won't cross the line Cougars won't move a paw Chickens won't cross the road Dogs won't roof at all Always had flow, just added a front door, roof, and walls...wow

    14) Cold War-Hums hard in the truck...1500...great beat...great story...great lyrics...you ain't fuckin wit my mannnnnnnnnn

    15) Unforgivable Youth-This guys story telling is ridiculous...he just paints a picture and you see it while your listening to the song...Good Work King David....powerful..

    16) Its Hood Now- This song is excellent...love 1500...love what Lu did here and what he said...plenty of meaning...

    Overall this album with the contents it has....school lessons...history...real life storys...Real Life Events...is a masterpeice...10/10...thank you Lu Thank God for Lupe Fiasco...

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  7. oh so how dare u is a love song? i always skip that track and i felt bad cuz i thought it was something serious but now that i know it's about love and stuff like that i really don't need to listen to it plus i don't feel it and i didn't like the beat.

    I didn't know that lupe has a girl friend i thought he used to but not anymore

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  8. Oh wow he posted his here already oops well i guess I had your cover fire haha I can't delete it for some reason lol

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  9. I like this review better than the others. Lol

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    1. Oops SCRATCH THAT COMMENT!lol I meant I like the review that Villian posted compared to the others. :-)

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    2. Yeah that was all Tony T Sweetest A but I really enjoyed it too! A fairly legit review might I add

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  10. wait... heart donor is about a chick??

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  11. Just because it's the "ladies section", don't assume all ladies like it. I don't. I always skip How Dare You. Heart Donor, I don't consider part of the ladies section. It's cool, but, of course, that hook messed it up. Thanks a lot, Pooh Bear. haha...Battle Scars isn't a bad song, I just choose to skip it..

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  12. I skip How dare u, i don't consider it ladies song .. u feel like someone is sending a msg to a specific person i can't relate to.
    But y everyone says heart donor for ladies? i think it's wider than that.

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