Saturday, December 02, 2006

Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor / Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury

After the disappointment felt with the new Jay-Z record (the louder is not the better...) here are two albuns set to become two of this year's best hip-hop albuns, each one representing a different side of it.
Lupe Fiasco is a protegee of Kanye West and his presence and influence is largely felt in this debut album: the luxurious orchestrations and the soul samples are all around, being the basis to elegant and smooth anthems, while his lyrics are very far from the usual hip-hop cliches and look more into some intelligent issues. An album that is also an homage to the history of black music, searching the past to build its own timeless present.
Hell Hath No Fury by hip-hop duo Clipse is a whole different story. Entirely produced by the Neptunes, it looks straight into the future, exploring the different possibilities that can be obtained with a beat and its different variations. Simple, incisive, direct and even exploring some dark tones, it's a good way to show how to obtain maximum results with minimum-stripped-down resources. Best of all, and to our luck, Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo's production hadn't been this effective and straight-to-the-point for a long time, resulting in addictive and soon-to-be-hip-hop-classics.

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