Talib Kweli - Quality (2xLP - Reissue)


For one of New York's most notable "underground" rappers, Talib Kweli has been involved in some pretty high-profile endeavors, like the 1998 Black Star album that topped countless hip-hop polls, and his collaborations with Hi-Tek. However, it's on his own that Kweli can really focus on his vision and direction. Musically, TK is as eclectic as ever here; the manifesto "Rush" features hard-rock guitar riffing; "Where Do We Go" is a gentle, melodic track driven by sparkling piano and poignant strings. Along the way, Quality incorporates samples of everyone from Nina Simone to Chuck Mangione. Lyrically, Kweli is as positive and creative as ever, boldly continuing to provide an effective contrast to the downcast, violent themes so prevalent in hip-hop. As in all his other work, the message is ostensibly simple--wake up and look around you--but as any good lyricist (a category in which Kweli certainly belongs) must know, the devil is in the details. And it's those details that put some powerful flesh on this album's bones.

Keynote Speaker


Get By

Shock Body

Gun Music feat. Cocoa Brovaz

Waitin' for the DJ feat. Bilal

Joy feat. Mos Def

Talk To You (Lil' Darlin) feat. Bilal

Guerrilla Monsoon Rap feat. Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch

Put It in the Air feat. DJ Quik

The Proud

Where Do We Go feat. Res

Stand to the Side feat. Novel & Vinia Mojica

Good to You

Won't You Stay feat. Kendra Ross

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