Released: 18th September 2006.
A rapper rapping about skateboarding: I do believe this is unprecedented in rap history. "Kick Push" is probably one of the best singles of the year, yet many people do not know the name of the artist. Well, it's Lupe Fiasco and he just might be rap's new big name. Fiasco has been featured in the Kanye West song "Touch the Sky" from West's album Late Registration.
The rapper's debut album Food and Liquor has several decent songs but overall is not nearly as groundbreaking as say, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's The Message in 1982, back at the beginning of hip-hop.
"I Gotcha" and "Sunshine" are some other good tracks, but nothing else on “Food and Liquor” can beat the album's phenomenal hit single, "Kick Push." Most of the other songs just sound like a lesser Kanye West.
Still, with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Pharrell helping him out, Lupe Fiasco should continue to grow as a musician and rapper. Food and Liquor is just the beginning for this skateboarding rapper.