Witness "The Cool" Tonight

By Sarah Dahnke in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 20, 2007 8:15PM

2007_12_20_lupe.jpg The Cool, Lupe Fiasco's much-anticipated follow up to Food & Liquor, dropped on Tuesday to a cloud of bittersweet press. Some critics have blasted the album for its darker sound, wishing for the breezier days when Lupe's rhymes were all about meeting cute girls and skateboarding. Others question if the change in sound is a move in the right direction.

However you feel about the album (or if you haven't had a chance to buy it/illegally download it before its release), you can see if the lyrics hold up in a free live show tonight.

Lupe will be at The Basement (1415 N. Ashland) tonight at 6 p.m. to play a free, all-ages show. Our guess is that the store is going to be packed, so blow off work and get there early. If your office is anything like ours today, you and your coworkers aren't doing anything but buying Christmas presents on Amazon.com and talking about how hammered you're going to get at the company party.

Photo of Lupe Fiasco from the Chicagoist Photos Flickr archive.