Lupe Fiasco took the stage at the Novo in Los Angeles Saturday night (Feb. 23) to give a rare performance of his Grammy-winning 2006 debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor.
The freshman project is often considered a magnum opus of sorts for the Chicago emcee, who went on to release a seventh studio album, Drogas Wave, last September. Accompanied by a live band whom he described as “the best musicians money could afford,” the rapper opened the evening with a rendition of “Real” before getting more intimate with the crowd.
“I need you to remember where you were ... Wherever you were when you heard this,” Fiasco said as the opening chords of “Kick, Push” drew whoops, screams and an inundation of phone lights. “You think it means something to you? Guess what it means to me. This right here started it all.”