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Lupe Fiasco's the Cool (Deluxe Version)

Lupe Fiasco

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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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This Trancends Hip Hop - A Bonafide Classic

Wow. That's the only word that can possibly come to mind when slamming back down to earth after your first listen to this CD. The funny thing is, that feeling repeats itself after the second, third, fourth, tenth, twentieth listen. And it gets better every time, as you unveil layers of each track and figure out the complex metaphors and allusions. A suberb mix of both regular (I use that word for lack of a better term, because every song is extraordinary) hip hop fare and an intense story/"concept album" bit about 4 mythical characters that represent the different ills of today's society. Here's a quick rundown of all the tracks: 1. Baba... - A spoken word intro 2. Free Chilly - Nice beat, but it's a minute long, whatever. Free Chill. 3. Go Go Gadget Flow - Amazing lyricism starts the album off with a bang. Catchy hook. 4. The Coolest - Simply amazing. The more you listen to it, the more you understand its true meaning. The wordplay is insane. 5. Superstar - A fun and catchy single, but more than that, its intelligent. 6. Paris, Tokyo - Very ATCQ, laid back jam. 7. Hi-Definition - Bumpin' track. Snoop Dogg drops a decent verse surprisingly (compared to his recent material). 8. Gold Watch - Great song, awful vocal sample. Probably the only track I dislike, but its growing on me by the day. 9. Hip-Hop Saved My Life - Ode to hip hop's impact on a struggling Houston artist's life. Great storytelling. 10. Intruder Alert - Really makes you think about some of the problems our world faces today. 11. Streets On Fire - The second track to directly address the album's underlying storyline. It's about the character The Streets, but more than that, is it about AIDS? A dystopian future? Who knows at this point. (I say this in the best way possible) 12. Little Weapon - Compares child soldiers in 3rd world countries with American children playing violent videogames. 13. Gotta Eat - Fun imagery and wicked metaphors. Needs a few spins before the meaning sinks in. 14. Dumb It Down - You've heard it, you know how ridiculously good it is. Moving on. 15. Hello/Goodbye - Dark song with a dance-type/rock beat. Unique to be sure. 16. The Die - Wicked wordplay shows how the character The Cool (previously met on Food & Liquor's "He Said/She Said" and "The Cool") met his demise. 17. Put You On Game - Lupe goes out of control on this track, becoming the character The Game and discussing the social ills "he" creates. 18. Fighters - Nice track about, well, the fighters in the world. 19. Go Baby - Fun, poppy track. But what sets it apart from other hip-pop crap that plays on the radio is the intelligent wordplay that has become Lupe's signature. I don't think any more needs to be said. BUY - THIS - ALBUM. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go listen to it myself. It's been far too long since I last heard it. Was it five minutes ago? Felt like years...

Real music.

I'd say this is not only good music we've been lacking in hip-hop, but also with a worth-while message behind it. Not only is lupe fiasco one of the most intricate, interesting and clever rappers but he manages to have a great sound and place that appropriately over pretty good beats that always seem to be perfect for the songs. I'd say that as of now my favorite songs are Little Weapon (probably my favorite), Gold Watch, Streets on Fire, Gotta Eat (lyrical masterpiece, my goodness), Intruder Alert, and even Hi-Definitions and Paris, Tokyo are hot. Awesome, lupe. I remember when you were small time and me and my boy B were talking to you and Bishop G on your radio show and you were making fun of me for being sort of start struck; well this album shows why as an artist i was so intimidated by you. Great music. Real Music. (not one of those things where you can just buy a couple tracks, just buy the cd)

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Lupe Fiasco's The Cool is an album that redefines the hip-hop ideal. With ground breaking musical application and a strong conscious message to accompany it, Lupe has created something to be admired as hip-hop and beyond. Just when you think the next track is gonna give you a break from the hotness and thought provoking material, there's another hit waiting to show, convince you, what good music is.The movement has returned. The question is how many of us are moving with it? Listen, open your mind, and let your soul be free, because its time that we see that The Cool is upon us infecting our ears with perspective, change, life, and peace. What more could you ask for? Lupe delivers some Truth here, I just hope everyone can hear it.

Biography

Born: February 17, 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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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap
  • Released: Jan 01, 2007
  • Parental Advisory

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