After making his rounds in New York, Lupe Fiasco made the trip down to the Big Easy to continue his press run in the build up to his next LP, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. While part one of the double-disc release has been the focal point thus far, with two singles – “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and “Bitch Bad” – out already, and a release date (September 25th) scheduled, Lupe finally addressed the second volume of F&L2.
“It’s more an extension of the concept of ‘The Great American Rap Album’, I felt that you need a lot of room to talk about America,” he said of the album’s continuation. “I didn’t want to have a redundancy on the first album with certain songs that shared the same particular feel, so we put those songs on the second album.”
“This was an entire body of work that needed two records, but all in the same kind of format,” he continued. “It’s still an industrial album.”
Lupe then discussed his label situation with Atlantic, revealing that he has one more album under contract after F&L2. Apparently, that last record will be more experimental.
“After [Food & Liquor 2], I have one more [album] with my record company, and that album is a more pitch towards the experimental,” he said. “It’s not even really experimental because it’s just me taking my art seriously, and less of an experiment like, No, this is me doing a full-fledged version of things that I know I’m capable of artistically.”
Watch the interview below.