The perfect album will never exist. There will always be some flaw stated by fans of a particular artist. With that said, Lupe Fiasco may have delivered the closest thing to perfect on Wednesday with his release of "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1."
Just like in his first three albums, the greatest rapper of this generation didn't disappoint.
The song "Form Follows Function" is a masterpiece. While every song is great, this song is a true testament to his musical genius. The slow beat runs as a saxophone occasionally plays in the background while Lupe spits with the same legendary flow that got him to the pinnacle of the industry. The song is just another fixture of a long list of Lupe songs that have the listeners bobbing their heads throughout the entire song.
The singles that were released prior to the album "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)," "Lamborghini Angels," "Battle Scars" and "B**ch Bad" are all hits because of the way they embody his style of music. They all seem to give listeners what they expect for Fiasco. All four singles built the foundation for what could be his best work of art to date.
"The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" starts off with the introduction "Ayesha Says," which is a poem recited by what sounds like an African-American high school girl and is reminiscent of a previous intro that he used for "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool" called "Baba Says Cool For Thought."
Once the intro ends, the real music hits your ears and you suddenly fall victim to the addictive lyrics and intoxicating beats that are known from the Chicago native. The further along you listen, the more you realize that every song flows with the next, which gives the album a harmonic feel to it.
Similar to his previous works, especially his work on his third album "Lasers" and his last mixtape "Friend of the People," many of the lyrics in this album are based on world political issues. Lupe describes his ideology in the song "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" by saying he is "as left as a heart in the chest." His political views and opinions are not difficult to spot and they are laced into almost every verse on each track.
Whether you agree with his philosophy or not, it's refreshing to hear a rapper that actually makes music about something that matters. Lupe redefines what rap music is all about. He creates a change of pace away from every day ghetto rap and tries to show his vision of a perfect world and we as people can do to get there.
Other songs such as "Strange Fruition" and "Put 'Em Up" show a different side to the usually reserved Fiasco. In these songs, a hardcore beat plays and Lupe goes in with extremely fiery verses that resemble ones created by Kanye West and Jay-Z. This versatility is just one more example of why he has become one of the most popular rappers in today's era.
Prior to this album release, Fiasco announced he would hang up his mic and retire from the rap industry after his contractual obligation with Atlantic Records. That means he has two more albums, both of which he says are basically finished. One of those will be the sequel to this album, and the other is currently titled "Skulls."
Fans will be praying for Lupe to change his mind because without him rap will never be the same. However, if this is indeed the beginning of the end for Fiasco, then the end couldn't have started any better than with "Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1," which has set a high bar for all other albums released in 2012.