Lupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor: #565 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

So why is Lupe Fiasco’s Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

There’s something entirely unique and entirely pleasing about “Kick, Push.” Well, somethings really –and that goes for Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor as a whole as well.

A lush string arrangement segues into a big-sounding yet chill horn hook, and then we hear Lupe Fiasco rapping on his debut album, sounding fully formed and confident and yet so mellow and relaxed at the same time. And that allows us to kick (push) back and take in a narrative about a kid growing up with a great love of… skateboarding. Not your typical hip-hop track, in other words, on multiple fronts.

One of the great benefits and pleasures of embarking on this (audaciously mad) best 1,000 albums ever project is that it “forces” me to spend time with albums at different times, allowing me to think about them when in different moods and different frames of mind. It also allows me discover deeper tracks or stuff that I might have frankly overlooked that often end up being among my favorite things about an album.

Such is absolutely the case with, as it turns out, “Kick, Push II” (the 15th of 16 tracks on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, right before “Outro”). It has the feel of Dr. Dre produced rap song, but laid way back in the shack, if you follow. A gentle but super catchy piano chord, strings, and subtle use of sung background vocals sets the stage for Fiasco to do his thing. And there’s something about Fiasco’s rap thing where you just want to pay attention to every word that he has to say.

“Daydreamin’,” featuring Jill Scott, brilliantly leverages a sample which “is based on a sample of Daydream in Blue” by I Monster, a song that samples “Daydream” by Gunter Kallmann Choir (which in itself is a cover, the original being written by The Wallace Collection).” Fiasco amps up his energy just a notch here and it works perfectly with Scott’s wonderful vocal part and the dynamite sample and hip hop track.

Some stats & info about Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rap, Hip Hop, Alternative Rap
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out 5 stars
  • When was Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor released? 2006
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #565 out of 1,000

Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

First got it when he was six, didn’t know any tricks. Matter fact first time he got on it, he slipped.

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