Lupe Fiasco is the Chicago MC who jumped into people's
conscious after appearing on Kanye West's
second LP Late Registration.
His first LP, Lupe Fiasco's Food and
Liquor was a critical success and
many including this author waited for
the next album to come out to see if he
was more than a one hit wonder. Well the
wait is over and let me tell you that
Lupe doesn't disappoint the listener.
Fiasco (despite messing up the Tribe verse)
is a music aficionado and shows his love
the music in the sounds he brings on Lupe
Fiasco's The Cool, a 20-track LP
featuring Soundtrakk, Chriss Goss, Patrick
Stump and Aishux among other on production.
Lupe does a nice job of balancing the
talk of people his age and giving the
people some education.
"Superstar" cut featuring Matthew
Santos is a song that will be played for
a long time to come. "Dumb It Down",
is a breath of fresh air because he talks
about how some artist do it for the money
while he believe there is an audience
for him and the music he does. The chorus
features a man telling why he should dumb
the music down and Lupe proceed to continue
doing what he does which is special in
today's music game. "Paris, Tokyo"
is a mellow cut that reminds me of a rainy
day walking the streets.
Dogg joins Lupe on "Hi-Definition"
and they talk about their lives and tell
people to enjoy theirs! "Gold Watch"
has a sampled loop and Lupe rhymes about
school times and growing up in Chicago.
"Intruder Alert" has a serious
tone as Lupe talks about rape and other
violation of people, places and things.
danger among us all gets some just shine
in "Streets On Fire". Lupe uses
a fast flow to talk about the dangers
of the STDs out here in one verse, in
particular. Education and knowledge is
important to Lupe even if it's not the
kind you learn in books.
Go Gadget Flow" is hype entrance
to the album and Lupe uses his fast flow
to get you bouncing while he talks about
who he is and what's new to him! "Little
Weapon" talks about those youth who
know nothing about life except killing
and violence! A very expressive track
with a lot of truths in it!
tracks you need to listen to include "Hello/Goodbye
(The Uncool)", a rock inspired cut,
The Die, a track talking about how people
need to stop thinking things that bring
death and pain need to change from cool
to uncool, "Fighters", another
track about MCs being realistic in what
they promote and more, and Go Baby is
for the ladies and is another fast tracks
for the ladies!
people featured on the album include Sarah
Green, Graham Burns, Gemstones, Unkle,
Nikki Jean, Bishop Jean and Pooh Bear.
is an artist with a lot of long potential
who seems to mix having fun and keeping
people aware with ease. I wish a lot more
artist be like him but then that wouldn't
make as unique as he is. He doesn't lean
on cursing or being super political and
that makes him less threatening to many
and that's a great thing because he has
the potential to stay around for a long
time! I'll give the LP 4.5 GeoGlobes.
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