Lupe Fiasco Releases First Single From Upcoming ‘Food & Liquor 2′
This week, Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco stunned fans with the surprise release of the first single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, pulled from his upcoming album, Food & Liquor 2.
“Around My Way”, which is produced by Simonsayz and B-Side, features a prominent sample from Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s classic track, “T.R.O.Y.”, which originally angered Pete Rock, who produced the original track. According to reports, Lupe and Pete Rock have since squashed any potential beef and come to an agreement on the sample’s use.
Lupe’s upcoming Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (its full title), will be his first release since 2011′s Lasers, which was embroiled in label politics and backlash from fans. After being held hostage in what was reported as a strong-arm attempt by Atlantic Records, Lasers eventually release last year received mixed reviews, including many fans who felt the album was a pop record, rather than a continuity of Lupe’s previous works.
The new record will be the follow-up to the original Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor (2006), which received wide critical acclaim, and is often revered as Lupe’s best work to date.
A release date for the album has not been announced.
Listen to the first single from Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor 2, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, below.
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