Talented and gifted hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco performed at the Novo at LA live which definitely was one for the books. Before a sold-out crowd he performed his 2006 album FOOD AND LIQUOR, an album a lot of people say is a classic album of all time despite the fact it didn’t even go gold. But regardless of the fact, Fiasco performances are remarkable and at the Novo he proved just that. Fiasco didn’t have any opening acts, surprisingly because many hip-hop shows have an opening act before the headliner goes up on stage.
About 45 minutes after the doors where opened, fans waited eagerly and patiently for Fiasco to arrive. Back-up singers rehearsing on the mics and musicians tuning up their instruments, setting the tone for the night. And just within a seconds, Fiasco walked out on stage, wearing bright red shoes with a big smile and didn’t waste any time performing his first song "Real."
Performing the entire album at the concert, Fiasco brought out guest appearances, Gemstones (fka Gemini) and Matthew Santos, best known for singing the hook to “Superstar” (from Lupe’s second album The Cool). Majority of the crowd too young to even remember when Food and Liquor first came out, knew the entire words to every song.
Lupe definitely shut the house down that night. Songs like "American Terrorist," "Sunshine," and "Pressure" ft. Jay-Z got everyone in a frenzy shouting “We want more, we want more!”
"Kick, Push" the most popular song off the Food and Liquor got everyone kicking their feet as if they were riding a skateboard. Pausing to address the crowd before rushing into “I Gotcha,” he detailed how badly he’d wanted a song with the Neptunes revealing, “Pharrell charged me so much money but this one joint alone is worth its weight in gold.”
Overall his performance was outstanding, hip-hop will never have another Lupe Fiasco. And we will never hear another Food and Liquor.