A couple beats from Jay, a couple beats from Ye
& make Food for thought, that's a restaurant in a day!
Continuing the food/restaurant theme from the previous line (T.G.I. Fridays & Ruby Tuesdays), this references Lupe’s debut album Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor.
Following the food theme, “beats” is also a homophone with “beets”, the root, which we can be served as food in a restaurant.
Released back in 2006, Food and Liquor won a Grammy for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” for the song Daydreamin' feat. Jill Scott and was nominated for “Best Rap Album.” Kanye West produced the track “The Cool”, and Jay Z was featured on “Pressure”, while also working as an executive producer with Lupe on the album. Before the album’s release, Lupe was featured on Ye’s song “Touch the Sky” from Late Registration.
Immediately after releasing Food and Liquor, Lupe established himself within the sub-genre of conscious hip hop. The album touched on a variety of social issues, ranging from perceptions of Islam in America to misogyny and objectification of women in hip hop culture — hence the use of the phrase “food for thought”.
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