The Cool

Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
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Based on 14 reviews
2007 Ratings: #185 / 624
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Based on 51 ratings
2007 Ratings: #52
December 18, 2007 / Release Date
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Aug 12, 2018
Cyd
58
Idk why, but I never really understood why people love Lupe’s early work. Sure, he’s got bars, but I feel like he barely changed his flow and had some awful production choices. I enjoy five songs from TC, those being, Superstar, Little Weapon, Gotta Eat, Put You On Game and Fighters. The rest imo are bad tracks. Lupe barely switches up and it just really bores me, making this long album even longer.

My favorite track is Fighters, I think he can paint an amazing picture and that ... read more
Nov 4, 2015
exception
85
Lupe Fiasco really stepped up his game here. for this being only his second full length LP, it's incredible. the production was perfect for each track, and Lupe's bars are perfectly intertwined with each instrumental. there was another terrific story told on this album, and it's easily one of the best hip hop albums of the mid 2000's.
fav tracks: go go gadget flow, superstar, streets on fire, hello/goodbye
Jun 27, 2018
holyfishpaste
90
LEMME PUT YOU ON GAME REAL QUICK

This is Food & Liquor's college educated cousin coming back to the hood. Fantastic record, a praise and scathing review of all things cool and the shining emblem of the entire Lupe pantheon of music. However, it's also the sad beginning of the end, with really weak songs wedged between god tier tracks. The songs break under the weight of the super meaty lyrics when held up by so-so production. Beats really seem like an afterthought to topics here sometimes, ... read more
Apr 25, 2018
DaniHell
86
Baita album, pra mim um pouquinho melhor que Food & Liquor, Lupe aqui encontra o equilíbrio perfeito com a sonoridade mais pop que ele construiu no trabalho anterior, e mesmo o disco tendo mais de uma hora não perde o fôlego em nenhum momento
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Track List

  1. Baba Says Cool for Thought
  2. Free Chilly (feat. Sarah Green & GemStones) [Interlude]
  3. Go Go Gadget Flow
  4. The Coolest
  5. Superstar (feat. Matthew Santos)
  6. Paris, Tokyo
  7. Hi-Definition (feat. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear)
  8. Gold Watch
  9. Hip-Hop Saved My Life (feat. Nikki Jean)
  10. Intruder Alert (feat. Sarah Green)
  11. Streets On Fire
  12. Little Weapon (feat. Bishop G & Nikki Jean)
  13. Gotta Eat
  14. Dumb It Down (feat. GemStones & Graham Burris)
  15. Hello/Goodbye (Uncool) [feat. Unkle]
  16. The Die (feat. GemStones)
  17. Put You On Game
  18. Fighters (feat. Matthew Santos)
  19. Go Baby (feat GemStones)
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