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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Blacksmith
  • ASIN: B009PI2N9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Perfect fusion of intelligent lyrics and very hot beats.
Jamon K.
While some profanity and very mild misogyny are sprinkled into the lyrics,even that seems to come from an outsider's perspective.
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Great music selction, strong performances, and worth the listen.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alan on May 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I can comfortably say Talib Kweli is one of the greatest artist I've ever listened to. A lot of you may think I'm absurd, and I would agree with my absurdity if I were to state this in 2006, but this is 2013. Talib Kweli stands out from the other rap artist due to his progression as a musician. Since his release with Mos Def in 1998, his growth has been a linear slope upwards. His craft, lyrics, creativity, and diligence earns my respect. Actually, he is my favorite rap artist because his style is original, liberal, and aggressive. Never in his career did he try to sound like another rap artist or change his style for the pursuit of money.

Going back to the title for my review, yes Talib Kweli surprised me again. Talib Kweli surprised me the first time when he released the prequel to this album, Gutter Rainbows(2011). Beginning 2011 when I read that Talib was going to release a prequel to this album, I was not satisfied because I thought he had the potential to create an album just as good as Eardrum, which was on my top 5 favorite hip hop albums at the time, and the word prequel didn't stick well with me well. After I listened to Gutter Rainbows, It instantly cracked my top 5 list and soon after, became my favorite hip hop album of all time and that's saying something big since my top 5 list includes:
2) Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
3) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor 1
4) Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
5) The Roots - Do You Want More
Honorable Mentions: Talib Kweli - Ear Drum

Gutter Rainbows was a HUGE surprise for me. I think I am one of the few people who praise Gutter Rainbows highly and that is unfortunate because the album is flawless.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Talib Kweli is a name that I've heard knocked around for quite a few years now. This knowledge of him came around at a time when the world at large,and therefore the world of music,was beginning to circle back around to a more forward thinking point of few. Hip-hop music emerged in the pop world roughly around the time I was born. It was "alternative music": an alternative to commercial considerations forced upon many other artists in the post disco era. Its progressed and regressed alternately and in phases. It began with a party crew mentality similar to disco. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Melle changed all that. Then came Run DMC,LL Cool J,Def Jam and hip-hop (or rap as most people called it then) reached its commercial peak. The 90's bought a musical maelstrom of bitter gangsta rap,the "daisy age" hip-hop of the Bohemian fringe and conscious/political hop-hop. After 9/11,that holding pattern in the music took hold. After the 2008 election,hip-hop has again begun to move forward. That movement-reflected by the works of Common and the like, is moving the genre forward towards a heavier album oriented medium people like OutKast were on the threshold of in the late 90's with records such as [[ASIN:B00000BKI1 Aquemini]. And Talib Kweli,an artist whom I've never actually heard is making his own contributions to that progression of hip-hop with this new album.

The album starts out with "Human Mic",a beautifully cinematic loop of orchestration and piano where Talib lays out his creative manifesto for all to hear. The Brooklyn natives' home city of NYC,Tutankhamun,Chubacabra's and other references both realistic and relevatory are blended together in hi fast paced,busy-voiced style of rapping.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Eastman on May 11, 2013
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This album is worth coppin because Talib lyrics speaks volume and I know some say the beats are simplistic yet the his thoughts encompassed in the tracks are phenomenal it's better than 95% of the albums released this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C Square on May 10, 2013
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The album is cool!! It is a big refresher from all the B.S. that is in rotation!! Talib's lyrics are always on point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jekyl n Hyde on May 10, 2013
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Talib delivers as usual with the lyrics and I appreciate the the selective taste in tracks. It is a quality album but it is not his best. It will be extremely hard to top Black Star, Beautiful Struggle, & Quality. He is still Top 10 Alltime in my list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rathael G. Fambro on June 12, 2013
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the 5% have a lot of knowledge on many topics. it is reflected in this album for sure. great work!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mack Fuller III on June 9, 2013
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POC is dope music. The range of music is wide and well executed. Definitely your money's worth. True school hip hop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By police on May 10, 2013
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I have this album in constant rotation. The only downside is we have to wait for another Kweli album for like a yr to a yr 1/2, giving the state of hip hop.
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