Lupe Fiasco Proclaims 'The Cool' His Best Album: 'I'm Not Bullshittin''
The Chicago lyricist spoke to HipHopDX about his sophomore album reaching platinum status and why this particular achievement means a lot to him.
EXCLUSIVE – Lupe Fiasco has hit another career milestone as his second album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool, was just officially certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than one million units.
Released on December 18, 2007, the Chicago lyricist’s critically acclaimed LP spawned the hit single “Superstar” featuring Matthew Santos, and includes fan favorites “Hip Hop Saved My Life,” “Little Weapon,” “Paris, Tokyo” and “Dumb It Down.”
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Almost 15 years after hitting shelves, The Cool has given Lupe his first ever platinum plaque for an album, which he told fans last month (September 1) was something he “always wanted” to achieve for his team.
“Just got the 1st Platinum Album of my career… The Cool,” he tweeted. “Always wanted one of these for the team [prayer emoji].” He ended his tweet with a nod to late West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle, writing: “The Marathon Continues…”
Atlantic Records confirmed to HipHopDX that The Cool officially achieved platinum certification on September 29, 2022.
Just got the 1st Platinum Album of my career…
Always wanted one of these for the team.
The Marathon Continues…
— “DRILL MUSIC IN ZION” Out Now! (@LupeFiasco) September 1, 2022
Speaking to HipHopDX, Lupe Fiasco explained why The Cool reaching platinum status is particularly meaningful, and where he ranks the album among the rest of his catalog.
“Hip Hop puts a lot into sales and certifications,” Lupe told DX. “So to achieve this milestone is great. It’s one of the things I’ve always wanted — the only thing that I hadn’t achieved in rap or in Hip Hop.
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