Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
Key Track: "Superstar" f/ Matthew Santos

Okay, so the "concept" behind Lupe's second album doesn't really make much sense, but it sure does sound good. The Chicago MC landed his first real hit with "Superstar" and backed it up with a diverse, inventive album created in collaboration with in-house producer Soundtrakk. How's that for a concept?

YOU AUGHTA KNOW: "Dumb It Down" was originally recorded with a different chorus, but label execs told him it was too intellectual, so he recorded the present chorus to spite them.