The Cool - Lupe Fiasco
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the rapper from Chicago features artist such as Snoop Dogg, Pooh Bear and Unkle.
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  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. Though its conceptual component feels fuzzy and abstract at best, The Cool oozes geek chic with terrific songs, smart, dense lyrics, and nimble, eclectic production.
  3. Lupe Fiasco and his producers--mostly Soundtrakk--have clarified the lyrics and brought out the hooks. The result is a three-act allegory that’s also one of the year’s best hip-hop albums.
  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. The best cuts come courtesy of Chi-town's Soundtrakk, whose Native Tongues love knows no bound, while newcomers Chris & Drop provide notably solid beatwork for 'Gold Watch.' [Apr 2008, p.71]
  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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 100
  2. Negative: 2 out of 100
  1. TonyB
    Dec 18, 2007
    Heat. Easily one of the best of the year.
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    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 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
    No sophmore slump. Fantastic. From lyrics to beats.
  4. AshleyS
    Jan 28, 2008
    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. RashadS.
    Feb 25, 2008
    Let me start off by giving you my taste in music. I loved jay-z's "American Gangsta" and Scarface's "Made" and this by far blows both away!
  6. LuisS
    Dec 27, 2007
    Upon first listening I thought it was okay, then I listened to it again and found myself listening to it over and over again. Personal Favs: Superstar, Hi-Def., Hip Hop Saved My life, Intruder Alert, Streets on Fire, Little Weapon, Gotta Eat, Dumb it down, hello/goodbye, The Die. I wish Free Chilly was a full song :( Great album!!! Expand
  7. MiguelJ.
    Feb 10, 2008
    This is dog crap.

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