The Cool

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Universal acclaim- based on 248 Ratings

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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the rapper from Chicago features artist such as Snoop Dogg, Pooh Bear and Unkle.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. The Cool picks up right where "Food & Liquor" left off, once again using his Muslim background and Chi-Town sensibilities to inform his perspective without being rigidly bound by either.
  2. He makes UNKLE and Fall Out Boy sound fresher than Tricky Stewart.
  3. This is rap of mesmerising, addictive quality, written and delivered by a master in charge of every aspect of his craft.
  4. Though there's much to admire about Fiasco's idealism and poetic skill, he can also be annoying the way an excessively, politically correct person in your social circle can be annoying.
  5. 70
    Fiasco approaches his second album as if it's his last chance to get all his conflicted ideas out into the open.
  6. 'Superstar' boasts a sanguine hook and a sophisticated mess of rhymes about fame and backlash and fandom and such. Unfortunately much of the rest of the record lacks this clarity, and while the first part of that “sophisticated mess” description remains valid the second part becomes dominant.
  7. Uncut
    40
    This simply sounds like junior Jay-Z. [Mar 2008, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 104
  1. JJE.
    Dec 18, 2007
    10
    Original, positive and refreshing music. Loved it.
  2. 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. Expand
  3. TORYM
    Dec 20, 2007
    10
    No sophmore slump. Fantastic. From lyrics to beats.
  4. AshleyS
    Jan 28, 2008
    10
    Lupe is a very complex rapper. His songs show how smooth he is. There is no mumbling or jibberish and his lyrics state a lot of world events. Lupe is a very complex rapper. His songs show how smooth he is. There is no mumbling or jibberish and his lyrics state a lot of world events. People are sleeping on his talent, but this is a hip-hop classic. Expand
  5. ZachT.
    Mar 21, 2008
    10
    Lupe Fiasco is a lyrical madman. This album is amazing.
  6. matta
    Dec 26, 2007
    9
    Better than Kanye or Common's album from this year, and almost as good as Jay-z's. Second best hip-hop album of the year though an Better than Kanye or Common's album from this year, and almost as good as Jay-z's. Second best hip-hop album of the year though an a marked improvement over Food & Liquor. Expand
  7. MiguelJ.
    Feb 10, 2008
    0
    This is dog crap.

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