Though some believe Lupe Fiasco is too smart for mainstream rap, thats not exactly true. Most of the lyrics on his sophomore release, Lupe Fiascos The Cool, are pretty basic, clichéd stuff, right down to the CDs opening monologue, They thought it was cool to tear down the projects and put up million-dollar condos, gentrification. They think its cool to stand on the block hiding product in their socks, making quick dimebag dollars. Like Common and Talib Kwelis latest albums, Fiasco seems to believe that paying lip service to problems plaguing the black community is the same as substantively addressing their causes and potential solutions. Much of The Cool is wrapped around a complex street narrative involving characters called The Cool, The Streets, and The Game, which will make for a better comic book (as Fiasco has promised) than it does a concept album. Oddly, The Cool works better when its serving up frantic club bangers and radio-friendly R&B. Go Go Gadget Flow, a tribute to his hometown of Chicago, might be the single of the year, while Superstar is a winning empowerment jam. Hi-Definition, featuring Snoop Dogg and Pooh Bear, shows that Fiasco has an ear for concocting hits.
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