Lupe Fiasco is one of the most unique rappers in the game today and also one of the most skilled lyrically. While he has been rapping for most of his life he scored a big break with his collaboration on Kanye West’s song Touch the Sky. He also released tons of material through mixtapes such as Fahrenheit 1/15 before releasing his two albums Food & Liquor and The Cool. With his new album entitled Lasers due out soon I thought it would be a good time to make my top ten Lupe Fiasco songs from his first two albums. I didn’t include any mixtape material on here but I highly recommend you give them a listen since they can be found for free online. So with that being said let’s get into Lupe Fiasco’s best songs. You may also enjoy: 30 Best Outkast Songs and 41 Best Jay-Z Songs
Kick, Push– As a single off of Food & Liquor, Kick, Push garnered Lupe some more attention and also a label as a ‘skateboard rapper’. It seems that if you rap about any other thing besides money, cash, hoes you get pigeonholed as that subject until you prove otherwise. Anyways, Kick, Push is itself a pretty deep track that gives a taste of different aspects of a young man’s life through the common thread of skateboarding. My favorite part of the song is the second verse where he meets his girl, …and away they rolled just lovers intertwined with no place to go.
Sunshine– The song is appropriately titled because the instrumental is so bright and warm. Sunshine is a simple story of finding love in a night club and while it doesn’t sound all that romantic it does have several sweet moments. Out of the trillions of the numbers in this world, just leave me a few that lead to you…
Day Dreamin’– I dream of you beneath the flowers, for a couple of hours, on a beautiful day.
Hurt Me Soul– Lupe gets into more social commentary on Hurt Me Soul and really does a fine job of highlighting some of the world’s ills. The hook is great on the song. He said he never prayed to God he prayed to Gotti, I’m thinkin’ gollee, God guard me from the ungodly.
The Cool– What a unique beat this song has and Lupe does it justice with a great story about a man who let life pass him by.
Superstar- It took a while for this song to grow on me but once it did Superstar made it into my normal rotation of music. I love to listen to it when I need a bit of a motivational boost and the last verse is a pretty damn good one from Lupe.
The Coolest– Okay The Coolest takes almost a minute to get into the verse and the hook isn’t all that great but the first verse is amongst my favorites not just of Lupe Fiasco but of any rapper. He personifies rap/fame as a woman and explores their relationship with one another. …And I would never feel pain and never be without pleasure ever ag-ain and if the rain stops and everything dries she would cry just so I could drink the tears from her eyes.
Paris, Tokyo – I first heard Paris, Tokyo online before The Cool was released and for the next month or so it was my favorite song that I listened to multiple times per day. Lupe raps about life on the road and being away from the one you love to where the only contact you really have is in your dreams. She said pursue your interests because even if I’m ticket-less I’ll be there by your side, in your heart, and on your mind.
Dumb It Down– On this track he tackles all of the ridiculousness that pervades hip hop from the corporate interests to violent lyrical content and lack of a real message.
Gold Watch– I don’t really dig the instrumental all that much because the sample repeating itself is kind of annoying but I can still zone out and listen to Lupe spit. the wings dont make you fly and the crown dont make you king.