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  • Summary: Championed by Jay-Z and Kanye West, the Chicago MC finally makes his full-length debut with this 16-track disc.

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Kick Push
Uh, what up y'all! Soundtrack what's popping baby? Y'all ain't know, I go by the name of Lupe Fiasco Representing that first and fifteen Jyea,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Food & Liquor is the best hip-hop album of 2006.
  3. Being bold and different for Lupe pays off right from the jump.
  4. Mojo
    80
    One of the albums of the year. [Dec 2006, p.120]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. His orchestral Kanye-meets-Nas muse lacks originality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 85
  2. Negative: 3 out of 85
  1. salmank
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    This album may be quite as NY Times says it is, but it beautifully pokes at todays culture.
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    10
    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 thisFantastic 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. Expand
  3. dank
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    sweet, sweet CD. Nothing bad about it.
  4. WilliamH.
    Dec 3, 2007
    10
    Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor is a classic hip-hop album. If you have any respect for the genre, you will love this album.
  5. Rex
    Feb 8, 2009
    10
    Probably, one of the best albums in the last 10 years or so. This guy has a tremendous future ahead of him.
  6. DanA
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    A PHENOMENAL debut album from Lupe Fiasco. Engaging originality in the subject matter of the lyrics and great production. It's a damn A PHENOMENAL debut album from Lupe Fiasco. Engaging originality in the subject matter of the lyrics and great production. It's a damn shame that people like Shop Boyz will sell while Lupe will have to peddle out amazing albums year after year to try and get recognition. Expand
  7. DudeLuv
    Oct 9, 2006
    0
    This combo of food and liquor makes me wanna throw up. No reason for the hype...I guess it just disapoints on a grander scale cause of it. I This combo of food and liquor makes me wanna throw up. No reason for the hype...I guess it just disapoints on a grander scale cause of it. I rather eat some Chicken and Beer...not cheap liquor and stale food. Boooo this album!!! Expand

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