Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Explicit)
by Lupe Fiasco
Released: Sep 2012
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
Whether you love or hate Lupe's radical progressive views, you can't argue his commitment to them. On "B*tch Bad" he offers another lightning rod by blaming women for using the word "b*tch" as a source of empowerment and a "double entendre." Still, Food & Liquor II is an improvement for him: He doesn't have great taste in beats, but he avoids the histrionic pop-rock of Lasers in favor of the orchestral swells of "Strange Fruition" and "Lamborghini Angels." It allows us to focus on divisive yet eloquent lyrics that make him one of the most controversial figures in rap.