Lupe Fiasco released Food & Liquor 10 years ago today. In this new podcast, the Chicago rapper reflects on the making of his critically acclaimed debut album, which spawned hits like “Kick, Push” and “Daydreamin,” and cemented him as one of the best MCs of his generation. Lupe talks in length about the album cover, from the Dōmu inspiration to the story behind each item floating around him (“I was born Muslim, it’s my spiritual foundation,” he says of the Qur’an, which was actually his father’s copy).
Later on, Lupe touches on the infamous Food & Liquor leak, collaborations with Three 6 Mafia and Sa-Ra that didn’t make the cut, and the album’s far-reaching influence on hip-hop today. As an added bonus, Lupe plays a bunch of unreleased material throughout the podcast, including what sounds like the sequel to “Hip-Hop Saved My Life” at the very end.
You only get to do your first one once. i don’t do interviews but i will record myself talking to myself lol. 10…Remembering is hard but its fun lol. Enjoy. Happy Anniversary!