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Editors’ Notes

Developing in tandem with his Chi-Town mentor Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco’s sophomore effort is a far grander than his debut. “The Coolest,” “Little Weapon,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “The Die” are chock full of sound and syllable, buoyed by the same enormous, inflatable synths as Kanye’s Graduation. However, some of the best moments on The Cool hearken back to the nimble mischief of A Tribe Called Quest; “Paris, Tokyo” is Lupe’s holler-back to Tribe’s classic “Award Tour,” while “Gold Watch,” with its tricky beat and trickier rhymes, might be the album’s best song. As his music grows beyond the simple nostalgia of his 2006 hit “Kick, Push,” Lupe weaves what are easily mainstream rap’s most ambitious verses. “Dumb It Down” is a portfolio of exploratory rhyme styles: “I'm not a listener or a seer so my windshield smear / Here you steer, I really shouldn't be behind this / Clearly cause my blindness / The windshield is min-strel / The whole grill is roadkill / So trill and so sincere / Yeah, I'm both them there.” While songs like “Put You On Game” become too grandiloquent for their own good, there are dozens of verses on The Cool that are as complex and challenging as anything a Grammy-nominated rapper has ventured.

Customer Reviews

The Thinking Man's Hip-Hop Artist

Lupe is so great because he is different. Instead of rapping about how much money he makes and how many women he has (à la 50 Cent), Lupe develops deep and complex rhymes that provoke a response from the listener. Taking inspiration from such varied sources as Nietzche and Cornel West, Lupe produces meaningful, intelligent and intellectual lyrics, a dying art in this day and age (as seen especially on 'Streets of Fire' and 'The Coolest'). Nonetheless, this doesn't mean Lupe can't pull out some quality radio-friendly tracks (Superstar feat. Matthew Santos and Paris, Tokyo), and he is also able to fit a multi-stranded narrative onto 'The Cool' . Following on from 'He Say, She Say' and 'The Cool' on Food & Liquor, Fiasco continues to detail the story of The Cool, The Streets and The Game in a concept so post-modern it will blow your ears. With the assistance of superb artists, including Matt Santos, Snoop, GemStones and production from Unkle, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and Chris & Drop, among others, Lupe is effortlessly able to build on his impressive debut. Step aside Soulja Boy and co., Lupe Fiasco is the image of real hip-hop.

"I like your old stuff better than your new stuff" - Regurgitator

This album flow's well and has some nice cameo's but it doesn't have the same raw appeal as Food and Liquor. Don't get me wrong it is an awesome chilled out album but I think this is definitely the case of the "difficult follow-up album-itis". I think Lupe shines when he goes down the story telling road with his songs, like "Kick, Push" and "The Cool" from his previous release.

Ultimate ALbum!

This album blew me away at first bite! As much as i love kanye, this album (dare i say it) is on a whole new level to graduation - its pure class. The Cool starts out wif a short epic 'Free Chilly' and then flows into a catchy and quick lil beat wif 'Go Go Gadget Flow'. From there the album maintains its brilliance wif more songs than the average hip-hop album. Besides the obvious choice of Superstar, the songs to watch for are 'Hi-Definition', 'Streets On Fire', 'Little Weapon', 'Hello/Goodbye' & 'Go Baby'


Born: 17 February 1982 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Chicago-based MC Lupe Fiasco (born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco) began rapping in junior high school and joined a group called da Pak several years later. The group signed to Epic, released one single, and split up, all before Fiasco reached the age of 20. Thanks in part to the vocal support of Jay-Z, L.A. Reid signed Fiasco as a solo artist to Arista, but before anything of significance was able to happen (only a promo single and a couple guest appearances were set up), Reid was fired, leaving the MC without...
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Hip-Hop, Rap, Alternative Rap
  • Released: 18 December 2007
  • Parental Advisory

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