Chicago rapper and Kanye protégé Lupe Fiasco releases sophomore album after the success of last year’s “Food and Liquor”, which accompanied a UK tour, to much acclaim…
The album starts on a serious note, expressing Lupe’s conscious roots and setting the tone of the album, entitled “Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool”.
The start of the album also exposes his poppy tendencies but just as you’re about to write him off, a hot beat ensues, with Lupe on top form, spitting lyrics hard and fast as if his life depended on it.
He then takes us on a pleasant musical journey through his life and times, from the song “Paris, Tokyo”, to the poppy “Superstar”, as well as anthems “Hi-Definition”, “Dumb it Down”, and “Hip Hop Saved My Life”.
The album features appearances from Snoop Dogg and Bishop G, as well as production from Free Chilly and Darrale Jones, and of course Lupe himself.
The product overall contains enough beats to have you bumping your head throughout, as well as Lupe’s flowy rhymes keeping you captivated.
However this is not really an album for haters of cheese, as the album has a pop sensibility that resonates ‘til the end.
By: Anna Nathanson
01. Baba Says Cool for Thought – Lupe Fiasco
02. Free Chilly – Lupe Fiasco
03. Go Go Gadget Flow – Lupe Fiasco
04. Coolest – Lupe Fiasco
05. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos
06. Paris, Tokyo – Lupe Fiasco
07. Hi-Definition – Lupe Fiasco, Pooh Bear, Snoop Dogg
08. Gold Watch – Lupe Fiasco
09. Hip-Hop Saved My Life – Lupe Fiasco, Nikki Jean
10. Intruder Alert – Lupe Fiasco
11. Streets on Fire – Lupe Fiasco
12. Little Weapon – Lupe Fiasco, Bishop G, Nikki Jean
13. Gotta Eat – Lupe Fiasco
14. Dumb It Down – Graham Burris, Lupe Fiasco
15. Hello/Goodbye (Uncool) – Lupe Fiasco
16. Die – Lupe Fiasco
17. Put You on Game – Lupe Fiasco
18. Fighters – Lupe Fiasco, Matthew Santos
19. Go Baby – Lupe Fiasco
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