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Lupe Fiasco's The Cool [Explicit]

January 1, 2007 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: Lupe Fiasco's The Cool
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By Josephll on December 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If You like Hip Hop about cars and money look elsewhere but if you like intelligent Hip Hop with a thought behind look no further. Lupe Fiasco is not trying to prove any street credability, infact he grow up middle class and he's not doing anything to prove the opposite. Instead he let his lyrics do the talking. Lupe belongs to that exclusive group of rappers that don't sell records because of image but cause of what they talk about. Lupe Fiasco's debut album "Food & Liquour" that came out last year had everything you could ask for. Good lyrics that dealt with everthing from social problems to his passion for skateboards and samples from the most obscure sources that made it an amazing listening experience aswell. That is what Hip Hop is all about. On his sophmore album we find less big producers like Kanye, Neptunes and Needlz but Soundtrack who produced some songs on his debut got a big role here and is featured on 2/3 of the songs while producers Chris & Drop also made a few beats. The album is simular to his debut in sound but is a concept album partly based on the song "The Cool" from "Food & Liquour" that told the story about a gangsta that was killed and buried but got a second chance to come back to life but instead of changing his life he goes back to his old neighbourhood and makes the same mistakes again. This man called "The Cool" becomes a character here and the story is expanded with the introduction of three others. The Streets, a female and the Game both persons that steretypically represent exactly that and then the fictional up and coming rapper "Michael History". Apart from all of these fascinating conceptual stories, Lupe deals with a vast number of issues like society problems, decline of Hip Hop but also alot of positive stuff. Well, It's for you do find out!.Read more ›
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For better or worse, there aren't too many emcees that are remotely close in skill level to that of Lupe Fiasco. For better because of his incomparable lyricism that could draw comparisons to what Jay-Z may have been if it weren't for the drug game. The double entendres, the knack to flip his style at the drop of the dime and unique capability to tell stories all could make Lupe the "Nerd Hova". But for worse because when someone is that far ahead of the game, it is relatively difficult for the average person to catch up.
Food & Liquor was the brilliant debut that showcased the better and the worse of Lupe Fiasco. Critically acclaimed yet couldn't put a significant dent in soundscan (and wouldn't have sold what it had if it wasn't for the Kanye West and Jay-Z cosigns), it was apparent that Lupe was a tough pill to swallow. Add that to the fact that he is nothing like one would have thought him to be and you have what is called an enigma.
As complex as the makeup of Lupe Fiasco is, one must be curious if he unloaded all of his best on his debut album. A year later, a "GQ Man of the Year" nod, a Grammy nomination and a title of "the next big thing" all morph into The Cool - the 2nd of Lupe's trilogy. Is the hunger still there? Can he duplicate or exceed his debut? Or was F&L simply a fluke that can't be done again?
Expanding on the concept of the song The Cool off of F&L, Lupe Fiasco's sophomore effort is nearly flawless as a follow up to his astounding debut. Opening with his sister, Iesha Jaco, giving a spoken word piece on what some have thought to be cool and an ode to his imprisoned confidant, Chilly, Lupe blows the doors open with the double-time cadence of Go Go Gadget Flow. The gloves are off and it's evident that Lupe is on a mission.
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Although I heard Lupe Fiasco on Kanye West's track "Touch The Sky", it wasn't until I heard his track "Kick, Push" that I actually started paying attention to Lupe. The track wasn't groundbreaking but it was nice to hear a refreshing sound from an up and coming artist that put you back to the days of real hip hop music. Other than Little Brother, there hasn't been too many acts in these days and times to make you feel inspired about real hip hop music. Most of the time you just see yourself going back to your favorite rap CDs of the 80s and 90s to get that feeling.

When I purchased Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, I was impressed the by overall feel of the CD. The production wasn't complex and Lupe wasn't scared to dare to be different on certain tracks on his debut CD. For instance, on tracks like "The Instrumental" and "American Terrorist", you wouldn't have got a feeling after hearing "Kick Push" and "I Gotcha" that you would come across tracks that may not have been authentic hip hop. However, you stil enjoyed songs like these, as well as, traditional hip hop tracks such as "Hurt Me Soul", "Just Might Be Ok", "He Say, She Say" and the original introduction of Michael Young History on "The Cool", which was Kanye West's only production contribution to Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.

When I heard "Dumb It Down" on Lupe's myspace page, I knew that his sophomore CD was going to be just as nice as "Food & Liquor". Lupe talked about the theme of what most major labels want you to do nowadays.
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