“A swindled generation with no patience, full of swag/
Man, they so impatient with the stations that they have.”
Lupe Fiasco has done what he set out to do.
The Chicago native’s 2012 album is called Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album, six years since his debut Food & Liquor in 2006.
Lupe Fiasco is the Most Fearless Man In Hip-Hop, lest one get it twisted. 50 Cent lives in a suburb of New York, near Connecticut.
With more discussion of historical context in one verse than an entire Presidential election cycle, album features tracks like Audobon Ballroom, which uses a very now-sounding smooth chorus to gently remind people – first white, then black, the reasons not to use the n-word that his colleagues Jay-Z and Kanye West put on the lips of the likes of Gwenyth Paltrow when they talked about being in the French capital (because they can’t and aren’t, respectively).
Then, on the very next track, he does the same thing for men, women and the word “bitch.”
Lupe Fiasco is talking to the Iraqi kid and the U.S. soldier at once. The album comes on like a bucket of cold water that you want to keep pouring on your head.