Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Album Review: Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part I

Lupe Fiasco
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1

On the one hand I really want to like this album. It's exactly the type of rap I always say I like. So why don't I? Don't me wrong I like Lupe Fiasco. The original Food & Liquor tops my list as one of the best hiphop albums of the last decade. I think I'll steal a line from one of the best ones of the previous one.

About my people she was teaching me, by not preaching to me, but speaking to me, in a method that was leisurely so easily I approach.
"I Used to Love H.E.R."

Fiasco uses Food & Liquor II to talk about everything he feels is wrong with the black community and black culture. I agree with a lot of his points but here is the thing about becoming the preacher-man,  it takes a certain amount of arrogance to tell people how to live. And that arrogance can come off as obnoxious. I know. I was there at 16. It's one of the many reasons why my 24-year-old self would slap the shit out of my 16-year-old self.

It doesn't help that he subtitled the thing, "The Great American Rap Album". By the way stop. Just stop I'm looking at you too Blige and Jay-Z. If you're album has more than two sequel and or part numbers in the tittle you need to rethink it.

Anyway back to Lupe Fiasco. When doing social commentary a certain amount of subtlety and or humor is needed not to come of like... well an ass, and here Fiasco flirts with that line.

Don't get me wrong the album my be a bit preachy but it is technically proficient, while there isn't much as catchy and fun as the original food and Liquor's "Kick Push" the flow is good and the lyrics aren't completely inane.

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