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LUPE FIASCO: LUPE FIASCO̢۪S THE COOL

Lupe Fiasco

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UK release date 19.01.2008

The hip hop world has had high expectations of Mr. Fiasco since his debut appearance with ‘Kick Push’, when it became clear that he happily eschewed all the usual tired trends.

His more conscious style has been felt as a breath of fresh air by the genre’s more imaginative followers, and with ‘The Cool’ he doesn’t disappoint. It’s what could reasonably be termed an organic album - beats, rhymes and basslines stripped down to their roots, the way it used to be done.

That said, (and despite the press material̢۪s insistence that the album is character-based and conceptual,) you might be hard pressed to actually remember much of what̢۪s been put across.

With the exception of the global travel-themed ‘Paris, Tokyo’, the empowering ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life’, the nature-of-fame-studying single ‘Superstar’ and one or two others, much of it comes across as general-purpose street poetry. But it still ends up an inspiring listening experience, and will surely be hailed as one of the most significant albums of 2008 at year-end.
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