Lupe Fiasco's The Cool CD (2007)

Artist: Lupe Fiasco

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Label Lions Gate
SKU 206228177
UPC 075678995989
UPC 14 00075678995989
Format CD
Release Date 12/18/2007
Author Lupe Fiasco
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Entourage (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Jill Scott Collaborations
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits
Compilation Appearance Trill(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Can't Ban The Truth(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pennies In A Jar
Compilation Appearance Street King(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Soul Punk
Compilation Appearance Soul Punk
Compilation Appearance Vava Voom
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 3
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
Compilation Appearance CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
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 'Free Chilly'; Chris Paultrie; Greg "G Ball" Magers; Al Shux; Simonsayz; Le Messie; UNKLE; Chris Goss; Patrick Stump; Derrick Braxton; Lupe Fiasco; Soundtrakk; Darrale Jones
CatalogID 3683802
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 00075678995989
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

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