By Rob Markman
Lupe Fiasco released his 4th album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt.1 on Tuesday September 24, although he’d hoped to delay the release just a little more in order to provide fans with a double disc album.
When Lupe was on the road to release his 2011 LP Lasers it seemed as if the project would never see the light of day. These days, rarely does any album release date stick, and Lu’s third had been delayed by his record label several months — even sparking protest amongst his fans. This time around, Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt.1 will arrive on Tuesday as scheduled, but Lupe revealed to MTV News on Monday (September 24) that if he had his way, fans would’ve waited just a few more months.
“Shoot, man, it feels good to have an album with no kinda hesitation,” Lupe said. “I wanted it to be a double CD at first and I was gonna push it back till Christmas.”
If Lupe would’ve followed through with his original vision for Food & Liquor II, he would’ve joined the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Jay-Z as just a few of the rap acts who have tested the waters with the higher-price double album. His parent label, Atlantic Records, had another idea, however, to release the album as two separate parts at two separate times. “The label wasn’t really diggin’ that so we kinda split the difference,” Lu said of the new plan to release F&L, Pt.1 on September 25 and its sequel at the top of 2013. “People are not gonna pay $25 for two CDs, but they’ll pay $12.95 for one? It just didn’t work out, but for [Atlantic] it made sense.”
Fans will have to wait until Tuesday to hear the album, which is spear-headed by singles like “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and “Bitch Bad.” On Wednesday, the Chicago spitter will break down specific tracks from the album at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center on “RapFix Live,” Wednesday at 4 p.m. on RapFix.MTV.com.