Lupe Fiasco

Album Review: Food and Liquor II by Lupe Fiasco

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”

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 36

Here we are, it’s Monday.

Lupe Fiasco is hyping up all his lasers with another single from the upcoming Food & Liquor II. 

Top Dawg Entertainment showed some love for their fans. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul aka Black Hippy, all dropped free tracks this week.

D-WHY dropped his first official all-original project, Don’t Flatter Yourself. Give it a full listen if you haven’t already.

New singles from Ryan Leslie, A$AP Mob, Picture, India Shawn and more.

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 28

It’s Monday, June twenty-fifth, two thousand and twelve.

Lupe Fiasco sends out another deep message for the damsels in distress.

Purity Ring, the All-Canadian duo, has done it again with their second single. Beautifully produced with hooks that sound like they’re straight out of a 90’s R&B track and a futuristic beat.

Dom Kennedy dropped his highly anticipated Yellow Album which has been in heavy rotation.

Nas gears up for number ten, Pusha for number one, Wiz hooks up with fifty and JJ goes free.

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What’s Beef?

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.

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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 7

Beck lends his helping hand to transform the classy single from Canadian singer Feist into an edgy vermouth, splashed in a martini glass and served at your local burlesque night club.
ScHoolboy Q‘s dropped his second independent Hip Hop record featuring A$AP Rocky, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Lex Luger & The Alchemist.
New singles from Miike Snow, Plants And Animals & Sleigh Bells. Look out for their upcoming records.
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Monday Blues & Beats Vol. 1

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

[audio http://thisbonustrack.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Rylan.mp3]

The National – I Need My Girl

[audio http://thisbonustrack.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/I-Need-My-Girl.mp3]

(Listen Only – They debuted these two new tracks on Canadian Public Radio on Dec. 7th)

Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist III

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/f9z08lw0ojjt/AMERICAN+TERRORIST+III.mp3]

 

Miike Snow – Devil’s Work

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/pbwnd3cvdelc/Miike+Snow+-+Devil%27s+Work.mp3]

 

Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix)

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/oh4b4ekpmhsr/Levels+%28Skrillex+Remix%29.mp3]

 

The Black Keys – Money Maker

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/sc4ictr1h8s1/05+Money+Maker+%28The+Black+Keys%29.mp3]

 

The Roots – One Time (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw)

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/v69qx91zpfun/04-One-Time-ft.-Phonte-and-Dice-Raw.mp3]

 

Pusha T – Ooh (feat. Hodgy Beats, Liva Don & Tyler, The Creator)

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/50to6hh3jtv8/Pusha+T-+Ooh+Feat.+Hodgy+Beats%2C+Tyler%2C+The+Creator%2C+Liva+Don+-+DOPEHOOD.COM.mp3]

 

Lupe Fiasco – The End Of The World

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/ll6kig7xz7un/Lupe+Fiasco+-+The+End+Of+The+World.mp3]

Over two weeks old, but the M83 instrumental meeting Lupe’s flow is hard to pass up.

 

The Roots – Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)

[audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/tj58zspht4j5/11.Redford+%28For+Yia-Yia+%26+Pappou%29.mp3]

Produced by Sufjan Stevens, a beautiful instrumental reminiscent of Cinematic Orchestra. Diversity at it’s finest.