Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Even considering the over-abundance of elaboration on all fronts, it's a credit to Lupe that he has made an album that cannot be processed after one or two listens, and if you have the time, its inscrutability turns into mere complexity.
  2. 60
    The CD is loosely tied together by a browbeating concept that condemns the glorification of Scarface-style violence and disposable pop-rap, but the moralism is as trite as a Tony Montana reference.
  3. Surprisingly, The Cool works as an album despite its many obvious flaws: the pop tracks are as good as anything from his debut, and his attempts to branch out are at least hit and miss, with exciting tracks like ‘Little Weapon’ and ‘Dumb It Down’ breaking the monotony of his soapbox moments.
  4. 60
    There's a psyche-rock track with UNKLE on here, for chrissakes. But yeah, dude has skills.
  5. A comparatively sterile shadow of its predecessor.
  6. You're left with an album that succeeds despite itself, but succeeds nonetheless.
  7. The problem is that he hasn’t yet developed a signature sound that immediately identifies a track as his own, nor is he capable of writing the sort of provocative rhymes that stand out.
  8. 40
    This simply sounds like junior Jay-Z. [Mar 2008, p.96]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 210 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 101
  2. Negative: 2 out of 101
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    10
    Love Lupe. Gotta start with that it's a shame that Lasers is still not out, and it won't be out for like 5 more months. This album has greatLove Lupe. Gotta start with that it's a shame that Lasers is still not out, and it won't be out for like 5 more months. This album has great hip hop and rap on it. Lupe is a great lyricist, and hopefully he doesn't leave that mentality. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2015
    10
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  3. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    One of the most underrated hip hop albums of our time. This album is incredibly introspective and deserves WAY better reviews fromOne of the most underrated hip hop albums of our time. This album is incredibly introspective and deserves WAY better reviews from critics...When this album first came out me and my brother listened to it for MONTHS...I recommend this album to anyone who wants an incredible concept album Full Review »