Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (Explicit Version) CD (2007)

Artist: Lupe Fiasco

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Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

by Shebes on 1/20/2008

Well done Fiasco, you Anime and cartoon watching, manga reading, skateboarding non-traditional black man from Chicago. I most enjoy any lyric that references an character from a Japanese anime or to a cartoon. Go Go Gadget Flow is fun to me simply because I'm all thinking of Inspector Gadget everytime I listen to the song. It brings up good memories automatically without even listening to the track. The track does do its namesake justice and I maintain good memories of the rhyming, and especially the chorus or refrain. Dumb it Down is very fun to listen to as well. "Their getting too much self-esteem Lupe" stop putting meaning behind your work.

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The Cool Review!

by ED on 3/21/2012

Lupe Fiasco is showing why he is a strong lyricist, and track composer! I enjoyed most of the tracks on this album

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Product Overview


Label Vina Distributor
SKU 206210646
UPC 075678995996
UPC 14 00075678995996
Format CD
Release Date 12/18/2007
Author Lupe Fiasco
Associated Artist/Work Bassnectar
Associated Artist/Work King, Emily
Associated Artist/Work King, Emily (Vocals)
Associated Artist/Work Sebastian, Guy
Associated Artist/Work Sheeran, Ed
Associated Artist/Work Tydolla$ign
Technical Info
Engineer James Auwarter; Edmund Monsef
Producer UNKLE; Patrick Stump; Soundtrakk; Lupe Fiasco; Derrick Braxton; Chris Goss; Darrale Jones; 'Free Chilly'; Simonsayz; Le Messie; Al Shux; Greg "G Ball" Magers; Chris Paultrie
CatalogID 7567899599
Lable Name Atlantic (Label)
Released 12/18/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678995996
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Chris Goss, Josh Homme (guitar); Philip Shepherd (cello, electric cello); Richard File (piano, organ, synthesizer, programming); Cosmic (keyboards); James Book (bass guitar, programming); Dave Henderson (drums); Pablo Clements (programming, background vocals); Chris Allen (programming); Aidan Lavelle, James Lavelle, Soul Children of Chicago (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Graham Burris (vocals); Sarah Green, Matthew Santos, Gemstones, Bishop G, Nikki Jean, Pooh Bear, Snoop Dogg, UNKLE.
Building on the success of his acclaimed debut, FOOD & LIQUOR, Chi-town representative Lupe Fiasco returns with a concept-themed record, THE COOL. Evenly balancing intelligent lyricism, poetic symbolism, and catchy pop-themed production, Lupe's sophomore effort partially follows the story of the ghetto Everyman, the Cool, in his ever-changing relationship with the Streets and the Game. Still, it's not all high-concept here. Lupe also celebrates the spoils of superstar glamour on the catchy single, "Superstar," and the travel-fantasy track, "Paris, Tokyo," and enters more experimental territory with the help of British trip-hop act, U.N.K.L.E. on "Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)." THE COOL features production work from Soundtrakk, Chris & Drop, Patrick Stump, and Chris Goss, among others, as well as guest appearances by Sarah Green, GemStones, Pooh Bear, Nikki Jean, Bishop G, Graham Burris, Unkle, Matthew Santos, and Snoop Dogg.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.62) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE COOL goes for softer, jazzier R&B hooks, yet the lyrics are even tougher in their street-level attack on hip-hop materialism."
Spin (p.105) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The beats pulsate rather than bang, Lupe's voice dances in and out of shadows..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "Fiasco's wide-ranging pop instincts rarely fail him....It turns out randomness makes for a surprisingly unifying concept." -- Grade: A-
Q (Magazine) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his doesn't disappoint, adding emotional depth to his complex rhyming and heft to the productions..."
Disc 1
1 Baba Says Cool For Thought
2 Free Chilly
3 Go Go Gadget Flow
4 Coolest, The
5 Superstar
6 Paris, Tokyo
7 Hi-Definition
8 Gold Watch
9 Hip-Hop Saved My Life
10 Intruder Alert
11 Streets On Fire
12 Little Weapon
13 Gotta Eat
14 Dumb It Down
15 Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)
16 Die, The
17 Put You On Game
18 Fighters
19 Go Baby
Product Attributes
Artist Fiasco,Lupe
Label Atlantic/q Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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