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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Cooliois return marked by sharp beats, lyrics

By Terrence Persaud
The Daily Cougar

Coolio has decided to join the ranks of Vanilla Ice, Warren G, Public Enemy and EPMD. Heis decided to join the "comeback" bandwagon.

Though some rappers shouldnit come back to the main stage, Coolio looks to be one of the select few like Dr. Dre, Public Enemy and Snoop Dogg who can. Coolio was never famous because of fancy promotions or the amount of jewelry he claimed to own but for a sound that was felt by everyone.

With El Cool Magnifico, Coolio has put out a beautifully crafted CD. Instead of falling into a pit of horribly produced beats and redundant, ridiculous rhymes, Coolio showcases his thoughts throughout the album.

The CD is full of West Coast G-funk beats and rhymes thatill amaze your mind. Itis weird that the guy who created such hits as "Fantastic Voyage" and "Gangstais Paradise" himself has released an album that is great for a Sunday afternoon drive, as well as a party.

Also, just about all of El Cool Magnifico is lyrically interesting. The lyrics arenit about shooting your mother, walking around fully strapped or the "amount of ends and ice you rollini with."

On most of the tracks Coolio speaks about his dreams of racial harmony, not battling with the police and having women love you for yourself. On the other tracks, heis still got love for weed, women and beer.

Itis reminiscent of the alternating thoughts and messages the late Tupac Shakur used on many of his albums. Though Coolio has always kept this vibe throughout his career, itis truly embodied in this album.

The party track thatill really make you feel that G-funk beat is "Skirrt," featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill. Thatis right, Cypress Hill makes a guest appearance on the track and doesnit just rap about smoking herb.

The track to play for that Sunday-afternoon picnic and chilling with your friends is "Sunshine." The beat is pretty mellow and sounds like a Kirk Franklin record.

Perhaps the main reason this album works is that it has a groove that isnit present in most current rap artistsi works. And the rapper makes it look easy. 

But the highly talented artist took a few P-Funk records, plugged them into a beat machine, sat down and wrote some lyrics thatill make Tupac cry tears of joy wherever he may be.

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