The opening of Lupe Fiasco’s album, The Cool is a spoken word verse by Ayesha Jaco....
They thought it was cool to burn crosses in your front lawn
As they hung you from tree's in your backyard

They thought it was cool to leave you thirsty and stranded, Katrina!

He thought it was cool to carry a gun in his classroom and open fire
Virgina Tech, Columbine - Stop the violence!

They thought it was cool to tear down the projects
And put up million dollar condo's

They think its cool to stand on the block and hide product in their socks
Making quick dime bag dollars

They think its cool to ride down on you in blue and white unmarked cars
Bustin' you upside your head

Freeze
Cause the problem is we think its cool to
Check your ingredients before you overdose on "The cool."


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"Baba Says Cool for Thought" as written by Wasalu Jaco

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    General CommentSmfh. Why do ya'll come on here to diss the songs?
    It's the art of spoken word which alot of people wouldn't understand; the emphasis put on certain words and the way she's speaking is for a purpose. It is a form of poetic expression. People are so desensitized to art and the meaning behind things from listening to the mind deteriorating rap crap that we hear everyday. I think its beautiful what she's saying...and I don't have a problem with the way she speaks.
    flyysince89on April 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentso true
    soccerman90on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis girl is Lupe's sister
    DJ_critikaLon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree, k.west. Man I'm gettin into the jam of the CD and this chick comes on and at first i'm like okay okay that's true but after a couple of times of listening to the CD i'm just like, gah can you please shut up.
    rAwr_on January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShit might be annoying to yall but its the truth. Hell a person who speaks bad can say this shit and ill agree 100% no matter how they say it. The album alone is bangin'.
    Sakuiion January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThat writing is littered with spelling mistakes and words missing from teh actual track...

    Who is Katrina?
    park11on January 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentpark11 i dont know what track you was bumpin but if i was you i'd go cop the real deal and listen. Lol@Now knowing WHAT the fuck Katrina is or even not knowing the whole hurricane Katrina problem.
    Sakuiion January 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't like how she's recites it either, nor do I really like anyone citing "slam" poetry of any kind as most people use the same kind of voice intonations. However, when she gets to the end and says "before you overdose on the cool" I do think that part is actually pretty good and effective, and I guess that's the point.
    sleepytimeon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought I was the only one who thought she was annoying. I also agree with what she is saying but cannot stand how she says katrinaaaaa. I have listened to this album more than 10 times and this is the only song I skip bc of her voice. With that said Lupe is still the best rapper hands down
    situnek34on January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"They thought it was cool to start ' slam poetrryyy' kill the movemnnnnt!". Lol

    Who is the dreamer who fell asleep for the second half of 2007 and missed the katrina repotorts. The who've "george bush doesn't care about black ppl" courtesy of mr. Kanye west. And all the bullsh*t that the ppl went thru in new orleans.

    WAKE UP!!!!

    Ps. Lupe is the hottest lyricist of the 21st century.
    Cushion January 14, 2008   Link

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