Today in Hip Hop History: December 18, 2007
Chicago-based MC Lupe Fiasco released his second studio album, The Cool, through 1st & 15th and Atlantic Records in 2007. The conceptual album is based on his song “The Cool” from his debut album, Food & Liquor, and it expands on the narrative that he had begun previously.
The Cool is an extremely dark album; Lupe discussed that he experienced significant loss during the recording of the album, including his father dying, his good friend dying and his business partner being sentenced to 44 years in prison.
The Cool features production from Soundtrakk, Chris & Drop, Ayesha Jaco, Al Shux and Patrick Stump, among others. It contains outside vocal features from the likes of Nikki Jean, Bishop G, Matthew Santos, Snoop Dogg, Sarah Green and others. The album produced classic Lupe Fiasco songs such as “Superstar,” Gold Watch,” “Hip-Hop Saved My Life and “Gotta Eat” alongside several other solid tracks. Despite a confusing timeline of a narrative, the album contains several moments of individualistic excellence tied together in an archetypal Lupe-level of profound nature.
The Cool peaked at #14 on the U.S Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Rap Albums Chart lists. The album become RIAA Certified Gold in April of 2008 spawned the Platinum single “Superstar.” The album, alongside a feature on Kanye West‘s “Touch The Sky,” propelled Lupe into hip hop stardom. At a time where hip hop had been declared “dead” by Nas, Lupe brought back conscientious raps into the mainstream, and for that we thank you!