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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.

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Lupe Fiasco The Cool

Lupe Fiasco comes back from his first highly acclaimed album with a real gem. He shows that he can once again be consistant by producing an album which you can listen to without hitting the skip button. This album consists of darker themes than seen in Food & Liquor but is equally as good in my opinion. He hits on important issues and introduces three characters in this part concept album. His lyrics are brilliant as seen in most songs, particularly The Coolest, Gotta Eat and Dumb It Down. He shows how quick and hard he can spit on the very chicago like record Go Go Gadget Flow and then in contrast produces the chill out jazz like song Paris,Tokyo. He doesn't use such well known producers as seen in Food & Liquor and excluding Snoop Dogg, the guest artists aren't well known either; but they do a great job in the records such as Matthew Santos in Superstar and Fighters, Gemstones in Dumb It Down and Bishop G in the hot song Little Weapon. The only songs which i find average are Gold Watch (due to an annoying beat) and Hello/Goodbye. However this is still very impressive in my eyes considering the length of the album. I highly suggest you to buy this album. It is my favourite release on 2007. Pity Lupe only is producing one more album after this as he is such a breath of fresh air.

Where do i begin?

I could write an essay about this album and its potential greatness, instead il give the main bits. The incorporated messages, the story behind the lyrics, the change of lyric style, the amazing beats all mixed up in a well produced album. If there was a bad thing about this album its that the fact that i had to purchase it from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean just to listen to it earlier than UK release, and track 2 could be a full song. to be honest i have been listening to this album since Christmas almost non stop and i feel songs that could be potential hit singles are (besides superstar and dumb it down) 1Streets on fire 2The Coolest 3Hi-Definition 4Gold Watch I would have said the whole album but it wouldnt be proffesional init. Lupe unfortunately may not have the fame levels of Mr West because people like pop music these days etc (insert whole other argument) Anyways this is certainly one of my best albums of 2007 and possibly 2008 hahahha


This album is briliant. Dark, but brilliant. Mr. Fiasco far exceeds any other rapper and and is unafraid to speak about anything, which is fresh - Little Weapon a good example, which talks about child soldiers, and has some scary, goose-bump inducing lines. The music is more diverse than Kanye's Graduation, and there are good collaborations with people like Matthew Santos, and even Unkle. Other stand out songs inlude Hip Hop Saved My Life, Go Baby, Intruder and Fighters....... and Superstar, blatenently.


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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