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Let's see...a rap artist is hyped insufferably, his music is leaked incessantly, his album is delayed indefinitely, the hype grows, rinse, repeat. Welcome to the world of pop music in 2006, when "unauthorized" Internet seepage can somehow manage to simultaneously make and break an aspiring young performer. Lupe Fiasco's unfinished debut CD was slathered all over the Web for months, like some sort of Lonelygirl15, before finally seeing the legitimate light of day. That said, the Chicago-bred rapper, who rose to prominence thanks to his "Touch the Sky" collab with Kanye West, is hardly a slouch. His skittering, low-key rapping style is truly distinctive, and his lyrics are mostly thoughtful and creative without being heavy-handed. Despite frequent comparisons to "thinking man's rappers" from Tribe and De La Soul to Nas, the most apt comparison might be to Kanye West himself: Like West, Fiasco rises above the trappings of the street without sounding condescending or out of touch, and his sound has the same "timeless" quality--partly old-school, partly of the moment. Yet somehow,Food & Liquorisn't quite a home run either; it lacks fire and it cries out for an infectious track or two that really sticks. Still, Lupe distinguishes himself as an artist to watch.--Marc Greilsamer
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Label:  Atlantic , Wea
ArtistLupe Fiasco
Genre:  Rap & Hip-Hop
Release Date:  September 19, 2006
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review by . September 27, 2006
I think this album is truly amazing. Food & Liquor has been on heavy rotation on my CD player, computer media, and in my car ever since it came out. He may have never had an album before but he surly has experience in the world of Hip-Hop. Lupe Fiasco, who has performed alongside Common and Rakim, created a huge stir in the Hip-Hop underground with the release of his three Farenheit 1/15 mix-tapes. Although there are several artists pushing the envelope of creativity, Lupe is just in his own category, …
review by . September 19, 2006
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There's no denying that Lupe Fiasco is one of the most unique new artist you'll hear from hip-hop within the next few years. There's been a long wait for some fresh new artists and there's been so many rappers to drop a hit then an album and no more from them. That's the difference between Lupe and the rest of the new generation of hip hop and that's the fact that his lyrical style and mind frame give him the ability to go further than one or two albums. Lupe delivers not only thought provocative …
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