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Liberation

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Editorial Reviews

Liberation is the collaborative album between Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli and California beatmaker Madlib. Madlib throws down a delectable batch of beats and Kweli on the rhymes…can you ask for more!!!??? An unbelievable combination. This album features guest appearances from Consequence, Strong Arm Steady and Candice Anderson.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Show
  2. Funny Money
  3. Time is Right
  4. Engine Runnin'
  5. Over the Counter
  6. The Function (feat. Strong Arm Steady)
  7. Happy Home (feat. Candice Anderson)
  8. Soul Music
  9. What Can I Do


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: L.A. Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000ODMVEG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Patrick G. Varine on August 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I know, it came out in '07, but the date on the album - I got the free version when it came out the day after New Year's - is '06.

Anyway, it's a match made in heaven. Madlib lays the soul samples on heavy and thick on the early-morning-invoking "The Show," lays some metallic funk down on "Over the Counter," then gets mellow for "Happy Home" and "Soul Music."

Kweli's flow is dense and intellectual but catchy, as always, name-dropping Hutus, Tutsis, Babatunde Olatunji and Paul Mooney. I discovered that it's a good album to be listening to around 3 a.m. or so, driving. I know that sounds kind of weird, but whatchagonnado?

All-around solid collaboration, and if you missed it for free, it's worth paying for.
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This album was released on New Years Eve of 2007, available only as an internet-only download to visitors of the Stone's Throw record label website. It contains 9 tracks:

1. The Show

2. Funny Money

3. Time Is Right

4. Engine Runnin' (featuring Consequence)

5. Over the Counter

6. The Function (featuring Strong Arm Steady)

7. Happy Home (featuring Candice Anderson)

8. Soul Music (featuring Res)

9. What Can I Do

I would say about half of these tracks hit their mark, while the other half feels a bit rushed or, and I hate to say this, under-produced.

What you will get: a few nice new rhymes from Kweli, beats from Madlib

What you don't get: a true "collaboration" that feels like both artists are on the same page. I love both artists individually, but there's a little something off here.

The standouts are "The Show" "Time is Right" "Engine Running" and "What Can I Do?"

Are four tracks worth $20? Its up to you.
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If you haven't gotten this album or if you're unsure if you'll like it, don't be! Kweli is a quintessential part of hip hop and if you're a hip hop head and you don't get this now you'll be paying double for it later. Madlib's beats and kweli's impeccable delivery and punchlines are a force to be recognized. Madlib is a producer I think people have been overlooking for a while, but he made a serious statement on this cd. He's the best kind of producer, the one that has a unique style and can tailor that style to his artist. So if you buy this you should definately purchase his other cds. Add to that the fact that Kweli is one of those great rappers that only gets better with time and buying this cd becomes an investment. As Kweli said, "the era of the bullsh^t is over."
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I tell you, this album was free when it first came out and I managed to not get a copy before Amazon started selling this album. For the longest time this album was way over priced selling for $15.99, if I recall correctly. Knowing that there has never been an album created in the history of man worth that amount of money, I decided to pass on buying the album. Recently, I discovered the album at a much more reasonable price and decided to purchase the album.

In short, I am glad that I never spent a lot of money on this album because overall it was below average, however, there was a few songs that saved this album from being a total wreck. And the best song on the album was not a solo track, but the one with Strong Arm Steady.
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This colab with madlib was a great to listen too. I was lucky enough to get it at the cheaper price. I feel that Ta and Lib are an interesting match and I think they should do future projects. The production on this album is unique and innovative, the lyrics powerful. My only problem with this is that it is meant to be a treat to their fans and was made very short in length. To me the songs are not "rushed"... (it is an "EP" release, with only 9 tracks.)
Also I wish Lib would have done alittle MC'ing with Ta. I know some say this is not his strong area, but I disagree, Lib mc'ing would have added alittle flair to this colab, Ta could have been maybe Quas's little cousin???!!!. This will be a rare one so get it.
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