In 2008, Lupe Fiasco was coming off perhaps one of the best hip hop albums of the decade in ‘Food & Liquor’. While ‘Food and Liquor’ was an album that covered a wide variety of subjects, ‘The Cool’ focused more on storytelling.
5. THE DIE (5/5)
Lupe Storytelling at it’s finest! This song explains what happened to the guy on Food & Liquor’s ‘The Cool’.
4. THE COOLEST (5/5)
“I love the LORD”! That’s a simple, but powerful line!
The track is both deep and dark, as it starts off with Lupe saying things he loves, and things he doesn’t love.
His flow on this track is timeless! This ish is Hip-Hop right here! Perhaps his best lyrics on this album.
3. DUMB IT DOWN (5/5)
Not only one of my favorite Lupe Songs of all time, but one of my favorite rap songs of all time! The thing that’s so fascinating about this song is Lupe’s approach; Lupe could’ve talked about how they want him to dumb down his lyrics, but he decided to be complex with it instead. I salute Lupe for this track. I mean CMON people, listen to these lines: “I’m brainless, which means I’m headless, like Ikaba Krane is/or foreplayless sex is, which makes me saneless/with no neck left to hang a chain with/ which makes me neckless less like a neckless theft and I ain’t use my head rest yet! JEEZ!
2. HIP HOP HAS SAVED MY LIFE (5/5)
Another powerful hit by Lupe! Supposedly this song is about Slim Thug. Random Much!
I love how the piano is going with Nicky’s voice.
I swear that in these songs Lupe makes you feel like you’re him!
What more can I say about this track? It’s commercial, but deep. It’s simple, yet his verses are really complex. The fact that Lupe on the second verse is talking about a light that’s beaming and bouncing off numerous things is amazing!
White people love this song because of its chorus, and melody; Hip hop heads should love it because of his direction.
This is one of my favorite songs of ALL TIME! Also, Matthew Santos is phenomenal on it!
Best album I’ve heard in the last couple of years! If you like Kendricks concept albums, this is just as good. Lupe was a magician at this time, and it showed magnificently.