Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

Lupe Fiasco
Dumb it Down
a ghost is clear and a vampire (biter of throats) can't be seen in the mirror
Tenshi
Hip Hop Saved My Life
The character's single was outstanding, probably one of the best from Houston (H-Town)
louisdave
Gold Watch
Sounds like 50 (as in 50 cent) was on a world tour when he was young. Lupe's saying he's at the same stage as 50 at this point.
love__jones
Hip Hop Saved My Life
People from the northside of houston wear their hair braided up, in corn rows.
dhighman
Gold Watch
"Fall of Rome" and "Head Porter" are both clothing designers. Lupe is referencing his fashion.
Mike_Tha_Hero
Dumb it Down
Chappelle Show had a skit mocking MTV's show Making The Band. Chappelle, acting as original show cast member Dylon, continuously repeated the phrase "I spit hot fire".
shoemakerluis
Hip Hop Saved My Life
the guy has 1100 people in his friends' list on myspace
SHOWTYMEHD
Gold Watch
Mont Blanc is a brand of luxury pen and Moleskine a brand of notebook. I assume he's saying he likes to write his rhymes with these.
drybones
Gold Watch
"I've always been amazed that people forced to live in the worst parts of town go to bad schools and who have it the hardest are always the first to step up" People from bad soul testing neighborhoods usually have a strong backbone
tigerlily722
Dumb it Down
Ichabod Crane is the character who was the Headless Horseman in the novel The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow. Lupe is metaphorically like Ichabod Crane because he satirically claims to not have a brain, in other words making fun of dumb rappers.
playto