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Posted by: Dave on January 9, 2008 at 8:00 am

LupeFiascoTheCoolSound: Socially conscious and sometimes highbrow hip hop that favors spacey, electro funky sounds as it works in a fair amount of cinematic strings, jazzy grooves and soulful crooning. Lupe has a nimble and well-read flow as he examines some of the problems he sees with the glorification of the gangster lifestyle and the lowest-common-denominator attitude in the music industry.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Dumb It Down” featuring GemStones and Graham Burris; “Gold Watch”; “Streets On Fire”; “Little Weapon” featuring Bishop G and Nikki Jean; “Paris, Tokyo”
Medium Rotation tracks: “The Coolest”; “Superstar” featuring Matthew Santos; “Hip Hop Saved My Life” featuring Nikki Jean; “The Die” featuring GemStones; “Fighters” featuring Matthew Santos
Recommended: The Cool’s thinly veiled commentaries and vast variety of sounds and styles can make for an overbearing listen at first – and it is certainly on the long side. But give it a little time, and you’ll really start to appreciate some of the most original and inspired hip hop out there today.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2008 Candidate)

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One Response to “Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic)”

  1. New Music Nation » Blog Archive » Top 100 Albums of the ’00s Says:

    […] 61. Regina Spektor Begin to Hope (Sire) 62. Beck Guero (Interscope) 63. Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.) 64. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (Interscope) 65. Common Like Water for Chocolate (MCA) 66. Blonde Redhead Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch and Go) 67. Gomez In Our Gun (Virgin) 68. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador) 69. Lupe Fiasco The Cool (Atlantic) 70. The Decemberists The Crane Wife (Capitol) […]

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