Lupe Fiasco is Just Plain Cool

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Lupe Fiasco burst onto the hip-hop scene through Kanye’s “Touch the Sky”, lending a verse to the insanely catchy Curtis Mayfield-sampled beat. He’s been an ATG maintsay since; a refreshing young artist who has, in my opinion, THE ABSOLUTE BEST FLOW in hip-hop. Disagree if you must, but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Seriously, I’ve listened to Food & Liquor (which Jay-Z helped Lupe produce even after Lupe turned down a Roc-A-Fella deal) probably a hundred times, and his only LP doesn’t even completely showcase his unrivaled versatility and unique lyrical stylings. His LP gained him national recognition, but his mixtapes (Chi-Town Guevara, Da Exam, etc.) have gained him the all-important respect of the underground hip-hop listeners and artists. Hip-hop heavyweights love him too. Jay-Z called him a “breath of fresh air”, referring to Lupe’s return to the lyrically-driven hip-hop from the early 90’s, and away from the instant hits that feature ultra-over-produced beats (I’m looking at you Timbaland and 50), and lackluster lyrical content.

Some may label Lupe as hip-hop for white people (a label unfairly given to artists such as The Roots and Talib Kweli as well), but I disagree. Just because his music is accessible to hardcore hip-hop fans, mainstream rap lovers, and indie hipsters does not mean it’s white music. It means it’s good music.

Lupe is back on the scene with a leaked single from his newest full-length, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool (badass). “Superstar” features choruses provided by folk-soul up-and-comer Matthew Santos. The piano-driven beat showcases Lupe’s UNREAL flow, intellectually stimulating lyrics and, as stated by the album title, Lupe’s “cool”. Because Lupe is just that; cool. Not gangster, not thug, just simply cool. Check out “Superstar” and get ready to rethink all of your (mis)conceptions of modern hip-hop.

MP3: Lupe Fiasco – “Superstar (ft. Matthew Santos)”

Still not convinced yet? Then check out Lupe on “Can You Let Me Know”, a dancy, catchy and downright awesome track featuring Sarah Green’s soothing chorus and a verse from Verbal, a new artist with a style and delivery that perfectly complements Lupe’s.

MP3: Lupe Fiasco – “Can You Let Me Know (ft. Verbal & Sarah Green)”

Kick, Push,
Zack

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8 Responses to Lupe Fiasco is Just Plain Cool

  1. Bu~ says:

    Verbal is actually from the Japanese rap group M-flo and the rap super group Teryiaki Boys that Pharrell and Kanye produced beats for.

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  3. mad morris says:

    Lupe is alright, but right now, all I’m listening to is the new Common and Talib Kweli. Seriously.

  4. Zack says:

    i’m not a huge common guy anymore. its a bit soft and slow for me, and a little one-dimensional. also, i’m a little talibed out too.

  5. Alex says:

    Agree very much on last year’s Lupe record…still fantastic. The best thing I’ve heard since then (besides Rhymefest’s “Blue Collar”) is Pharoahe Monche’s “Desire”. Mos Def and Talib’s recent shit can’t hold a handle to this. It is absolutely great, check it out. (Also criminally overlooked.)

  6. mad morris says:

    What I like about Common is that his stuff has this old-school flavor -reminiscent of early 90s hip-hop, which is when it was awesome.

    Just look at the Tribe Called Quest masterpiece “the Low-End Theory” for proof.

  7. mad morris says:

    BTW – the Roots last record was bad ass too. Who else is sampling Radiohead except Kanye?

  8. M-Flo says:

    I can’t believe VERBAL and Lupe Fiasco are in a song together! Oh my god!! That’s SO awesome!

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