Food & Liquor - Lupe Fiasco

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. By boldly expanding the parameters of mainstream hip-hop, Fiasco's threatening to make rap a welcoming place for geeks and iconoclasts as well as pimps and thugs.
  2. Though I wish the beats were less corny-orchestral, Fiasco marks his own turf in a three-song sequence that would have led the second side back in the day. [Feb/Mar 2007]
  3. Food & Liquor is the best hip-hop album of 2006.
  4. Food & Liquor is one of the year's fresher efforts and future classics.
  5. Being bold and different for Lupe pays off right from the jump.
  6. A messy, ambitious CD by a deeply thoughtful MC. [6 Oct 2006, p.71]
  7. 80
    One of the albums of the year. [Dec 2006, p.120]
  8. 80
    While Food & Liquor struggles with its own contradictions, it does so over scorching beats and with lyrical flair. [Dec 2006, p.113]
  9. Food & Liquor just might be the steadiest and most compelling rap album of 2006.
  10. It's full of surprising, creative moments that recall Nas and Kanye West.
  11. As for that perpetual hip-hop debate as to whether an MC is better served by his beats or his words, the Chicago rapper is deft enough in both arenas that you could carry these lyrics around in your head for days... while message boards light up with claims that hip-hop's first truly great instrumental album lies embedded somewhere in all this.
  12. The album might not become a rap classic, but it is easily one of the best rap albums of 2006, and maybe one of the top records of any kind to appear this year.
  13. Where Fiasco misses classic status is his sonic approach.
  14. Fiasco is actually an absolutely dazzling emcee and a genuinely nuanced personality, and both of these things are incredibly rare in hip-hop in 2006.
  15. All in all, this is merely promising rather than masterful. [14 Oct 2006, p.35]
  16. Cut out vague Shindoa track, "The Instrumental", tired Gunter Kallmann Choir-retread "Daydreamin'" and the offerings here that are marred by warbled soul harmonies - consistently added as afterthoughts to choruses - and this would be perfect.
  17. It's not quite the second coming or even the first for that matter, but 'Food & Liquor' should leave you feeling sated and occasionally elated.
  18. There are few weak tracks on this beautifully quiet album, but there is no truly irresistible beat either. [18 Sep 2006]
  19. His orchestral Kanye-meets-Nas muse lacks originality.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 3 out of 76
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    Fantastic album. One of the best of the decade for hip hop. I'm not sure Lupe is appreciated enough for what he brings to the table, but this album is great song to song. "Kick Push", "I Gotcha", and especially "Hurt Me Soul" are my favorites, and show is lyrical abilities. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    A masterful debut from one the generation's greatest MCs. Lupe is on another level from many of the rappers who call themselves artists. Lupe the Killa... Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    A solid debut that even drew the attention of a casual hip hop listener such as myself. The entire album is worthwhile for fans of the genre, but everyone else can likely get away with just downloading "Kick, Push" and "The Emperor's Soundtrack". Full Review »