Released September 25, 2012 via 1st & 15th Records
In today’s Hip-Hop industry, the term “conscious rap” rarely finds it’s way to the top of the charts or trends. Lupe Fiasco, has the innate ability to conquer that. With talks about retirement, battles with his parent record company, and being trashed by fellow Chicago artist Chief Reef, the release of the next album seemed less than imminent. Luckily, overcoming fears and tribulations is one of Fiasco’s strong suits, subsequently giving us Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1.
“Even if I’m injured I’m gonna limp into the end zone”
In Hip Hop, there is this constant competition that will never be settled or satisfied. Even the greats couldn’t avoid the turmoil, Jay-Z/Nas, Easy-E/Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent with anyone who scuffs up his sneakers. Think of it like an NBA game, and in two of the latest battles, it’s YMCMB vs. G.O.O.D and Lupe Fiasco vs. Pete Rock.
It’s nearly impossible to stay completely up-to-date with music these days. The outlets are endless; blogs, iTunes, Soundcloud, Twitter, and you might even pick up a physical CD (RIP HMV Vancouver). Who has the time to sort through all the garbage out there? I do my best. So perhaps this section of the blog will be the go-to starting point for your weekly search.
The Monday Blues & Beats will appear weekly (on Monday if you hadn’t guessed), summarizing the previous week’s releases, or older if I feel it belongs. I always look forward to suggestions, so if my genre-spread isn’t diverse enough, holler.
The National – Rylan
The National – I Need My Girl
(Listen Only – They debuted these two new tracks on Canadian Public Radio on Dec. 7th)