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Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco is a polarizing figure. It’s both his subjects and subjectivity—his music and interviews are typically marked by potentially controversial claims—as well as his musical style—dense lyrical exhibitions—that simultaneously have built his army of admiring fans and shaped the criticisms of his detractors. He’s experienced some turmoil over the last few years, with Twitter rants, promises of impending retirement, clashes with his label and the release of the compromise-filled 2011 album Lasers. But with Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, he has unapologetically returned to his essence. On “Bitch Bad,” the Chicago native weaves independent ...

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