I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Talib Kweli.

It all began when I heard his contributions to the first 2 parts of Rawkus’ Soundbombing series (Chaos, 2000 Seasons, etc.)  Wow.   A content-heavy, cause-driven lyricist who picked soulful beats and spoke of injustice and equality while still managing some  ‘Wack Emcee’ slags in the process?  Beauty.

**sidenote, I was 5 during the Chuck D’s, X-Clan’s and NWA’s so don’t look at me like that.  I’ve diligently done my history since.**

So I followed him to Black Star.

Now, to go along with his classic songs, a classic album.  K.O.S. (Determination) and Thieves in the Night were my motivational, ‘Real Hip-Hop’ songs of ’98 and should probably be exposed to all teenagers trying to find themselves.  I bled those songs.  Every last syllable.

After a year or so of absorption, I find out him and Mos were going solo.  Worried, I still copped the solo joint on release –  Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought changed my life (Actually…all of the year 2000 did, but that’s another post). One of the most complete and holistic expressions of art to come out in the past 20 years.  Not to mention, classic appearances from Mos, De La, Kool G Rap and Hi-Tek absolutely molesting a Nina Simone sample at the end…it’s just so nutty.

Anyway…longer story less long,  next came, Quality which was dope, but not life changing (although Get By and Won’t You Stay will always and forever be classic songs).  And then we got Beautiful Struggle, which was like Quality but with cheaper production and less poignant writing and that Sucka Free Mixtape, which was worth all of 3 songs.  At that point, I was off Kweli.

In ’07 he came back with Eardrum.  And although resistant, die hard fans were telling me he was BACK!  So after a few months of holding off, I gave in.  It’s decent.  Sure the album’s about 10 songs too long, but the other 10 are Dope.  And that along with guesting on tracks with Hi-Tek, Sa-Ra, Dilla, UGK and others, it seemed like Kwe was workin on a return to his old form.

The point I’m tryin to make is this, if you were like me, and haven’t listened to any Kweli lately, check it out…you might be surprised.

Here’s some new new.

For the backpacks – Reflection Eternal feat. Bootsy Collins – Internet Connection

For the clubsIdle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Nobel) – Girls on the Dance Floor (Remix)

Have a dope weekend folks.

Triple.

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