Lupe Fiasco ‘The Cool’ Album Review
Lupe yesterday, about to sneeze
Whilst some of our affiliates are pitching ‘The Cool’ as possible album of the year, some of our non-affiliates are still basically just calling him a racist, lying Muslim. Either way, despite ATCQ-gate or whatever, we just applaud him for actually making it to a second LP in something like the correct amount of time (not mentioning any names – Clipse). Of course we’ve heard some of the best joints already (‘The Coolest’, ‘Dumb It Down’, ‘Superstar’) and predictably it’s pointlessly longer than G Rap’s original verse on ‘The Symphony’ – but hey…it’s here! That means we can now make jokes about we’d rather hear him do a track with Uncle Murder than Unkle (what is this, 1997?) and how working with Linkin Park is meant to widen your fan-base not make you ‘rap’ like Mike Shinoda. Oh, you need proof? Check the opening bars of ‘Streets On Fire’ and ‘Little Weapon’ – seriously, what’s he doing? ANYWAY – that joint ‘Paris/Tokyo’ is just like some shit from ‘Labcabincalifornia’ – therefore pretty good and ‘Go Go Gadget Flow’ might be alright were it not for the horrible hook. One thing we can surely agree on though is that the over-30s will love ‘Gold Watch’ and for a second Lupe is that natural rapper we fell in love with over that Mayfield loop.