Brown Boy Lens: Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.
written by @hiphopmusicalminds
Da concept to The Cool is very interesting, detailed and tough to breakdown, so imma try my best, I’ll either be a genius or completely wrong. As we know, there are 3 main characters in da album, Michael Young History (The Cool), The Streets, and The Game. Both the streets and the game bein personifications of what their names mean and we all know MYH, who has a saga beyond dis album, but da bulk of it is on The Cool. Opening da album I believe da interlude, ‘Baba Says Cool For Thought’ gives you da central theme of da album, which could be broken down into multiple segments, what dey think is cool, n da last line of da interlude, “Check your ingredients before overdosing on The Cool” which essentially are da consequences of The Cool. What The Cool is I think is represented by MYH on ‘The Coolest’. It’s greatness, status, placement, n success. MYH is chasing The Cool, n dis is where Streets and Game come into play. Still on dis track, MYH describes how The Streets keep him high, provide him wit the fame and fortune which allow him to chase the cool. Streets also gives him a necklace in da shape of a key, da key to da streets. He wears it around his neck wherever he goes. Which is shown on ‘Paris, Tokyo’ “where ever I go she go” as Lupe would detail how MYH’s relationship wit The Streets even further. “it’s gotta be a prophecy for us to be together evermore/for better or less or poor” Da rest of da track is MYH missing where his heart is with the Streets but having her wit him in spirit through dis necklace. His love affair with the streets and the cool it brings fills da void of family in his life he lacks as we saw on ‘He Say She Say’ but iont get into MYH outside of dis album rn, The Streets have his heart. At da same time, The Game has his soul, coming into his life as his mentor, father figure, he aspires to be like The Game, who is a symbol of the Street’s game, hustling. Which is why Game is “married” to The Streets. The Game’s life dat MYH saw is showcased on ‘Hi-Definition’ & ‘Go Go Gadget Flow’. Con. comments