On Disc: Lupe Fiasco

Album: Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Lupe Fiasco's The Cool by Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool
1st & 15th/Atlantic

4 stars

Considered a “breath of fresh air” by Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco is back with his sophomore album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. Based on the song of the same name from his debut album, the skater-influenced, geeky rapper from Chicago delivers a solid, soulful album built around life, death and moral crossroads.

The album starts off with a vicious monologue on the problems of society and emphasizes what is “the cool.” Lupe then enters with a double time flow over a chaotic string and guitar beat, showing off his skill on the mic and his incredible wordplay.

It isn’t until the third track, “The Coolest,” that he really shines. With an eerie beat and chorus, he introduces the album’s concept " the kid from his first album has grown up, but is stuck between the “streets” and the “game.” Lupe simply raps, “Streets got my heart/Game got my soul,” creating a struggle between the two.

One of the album’s downfalls is its inconsistency; Lupe only addresses the “streets” and the “game” in five of the 19 tracks. “Hi-Definition” with Snoop Dogg also fails to impress.

“Superstar,” “Hello/Goodbye,” “Paris, Tokyo,” and “Go Baby” don’t fit the darker theme Lupe aims for, but are still great tracks to listen to.

Lupe delivers a solid album that dwells on his own materialism, detailed storytelling, and incredible imagery, showing that even though he strayed off topic with his direction, dope music will always be good.

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