Chicago has given us plenty of great artists: Noname, Chance the Rapper, Common, and of course today’s focus, Lupe Fiasco. Lupe might not have known it at the time, but his debut album helped usher in a new era of rap. This new class of freshmen were raised by videogames, skateboard culture, and anime, but also addressed issues that affected them like systemic racism and gun violence.
Filmmaker Tiffany Johnson sits down with Oliver and Morgan to discuss Food & Liquor, the interesting production choices made on the album, and how Lupe’s style influenced the Odd Futures and Cool Kids of today.
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More on Lupe Fiasco
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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Food & Liquor unless otherwise indicated):
- Kick, Push
- Kanye West: Touch the Sky
- I Gotcha
- Just Might Be OK
- American Terrorist
- Wallace Collection: Daydream
- Gunter Kallmann Chor: Daydream
- I Monster: Daydream
- Moody Blues: Dear Diary
- Free the Robots: Diary
- The Instrumental
- The Emperor’s Soundtrack
- I Gotcha
- The Cool Kids: Black Mags
- The Cool Kids: Mikey Rocks
Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there.
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In this episode...
- Tiffany Johnson
About the show
Hosted by Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes, every episode of Heat Rocks invites a special guest to talk about a heat rock – a hot album, a scorching record. These are in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives.
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