#20. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
Release Date: Winter
Likelihood Of Release: 50%
Many of Lupe Fiasco's longtime supporters felt abandoned by last year's Lasers, but that probably had more to do with Lupe's label than his own creative vision. Either way, he still managed to move an impressive amount of units. Now Lupe has come to a fork in the road. He'll have to figure out what's most important to him as an artist: the respect of hip-hop heads or commercial longevity. If we don't get to hear the sequel to his debut anytime soon, chalk it up to more creative tension with Atlantic Records. In the meantime, there's still his group SNDCLSH (consisting of himself and DJ Sky Gellatly) and their project Don't Drop The Flag which seems quite likely to drop this year. Best of all? The 100% of the profits will be go to helping kids.