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In December of 2007, Lupe Fiasco closed out the year by completely taking a squat on the notion of a sophomore slump with his insightful second album, The Cool. Between 19 rock-solid tracks, the Chicago MC managed to turn topics such as a being a local struggle rapper (“Hip-Hop Saved My Life”) to the ramifications of street life (“Put You on Game”) to top 40 nutrition (“Superstar”) for one of the last traditional Hip-Hop albums fans were able to enjoy.

And he plans on doing it again with The Cool 2.

Late last month, Lupe revealed that he did indeed plan on bringing the album’s center character (Michael Young History a.k.a. My Cool Young History) back to life and today, October 20, he whetted fan’s appetites with a glimpse of The Cool 2’s artwork.

“Sneak peek…!!!…#C2,” Lupe wrote with a skull emoji that symbolized Michael Young History’s undead persona. “It’s gonna be a whiiiile…but we are working!”

Throughout the course of his storied 10-year career, Lupe has made it well-known that he doesn’t shy away from tackling a sequel. After appearing on Kanye West’s Late Registration single, “Touch the Sky” in 2005, he built his buzz up within the street populus by releasing his Fahrenheit 1/15 mixtape series to much critical acclaim and incessant bootlegging. Most recently, he titled his fourth studio album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 to piggyback off of his debut, Food & Liquor.

Don’t expect him to return with a follow-up for his platinum-selling Lasers album, however. He actually announced his plans to destroy fan-submitted copies with an actual laser come this New Year’s Day.

Check out the first taste of The Cool 2 artwork down below, which is still without an official release date.


Photo: Johnny Louis/, Instagram/Lupe Fiasco