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Since 1997, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have achieved critical success as the rap & producer collaboration known as Reflection Eternal.

Talib Kweli has established himself as one of rap's premier acts, delivering stunning, uplifting singles like 'Get By' and acclaimed, well-rounded and thought-provoking albums like 2007's 'Eardrum.'

Hi-Tek has become one of rap's go-to producers, working extensively with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, G-Unit, The Game and Ghostface Killah, among others.

Having established their success with individual careers, Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli are set to release their long-awaited follow-up album in 2010 entitled 'Revolutions Per Minute.'

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  1. RPM's [Explicit] 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. City Playgrounds [Explicit] 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Back Again [Feat. RES] [Explicit] 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Strangers [Paranoid] [Feat. Bun B] [Explicit] 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. In This World [Explicit] 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Got Work [Explicit] 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Midnight Hour [Feat. Estelle] [Explicit] 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Lifting Off [Explicit] 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. In The Red [Explicit] 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Black Gold Intro [Explicit]0:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Ballad Of The Black Gold [Explicit] 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Just Begun [Feat. Jay Electronica, J. Cole And Mos Def] [Explicit] 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Long Hot Summer [Explicit] 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Get Loose [Feat. Chester French] [Explicit] 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. So Good [Explicit] 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Ends [Feat. Bilal] [Explicit] 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. My Life [Outro] 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0039BD6SA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Milton Thomas on May 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I find it funny because as the years pass, we assume we know all that an artist is capable of creating. So in turn, we write them off, or pass them off thinking they have nothing left to offer. As a deep rooted fan of hip-hop especially during the Rawkus Records movement, I've seen Talib and Tek grow, and mature their styles before my eyes. the first Reflection Eternal is merely a prelude to what they have created here. This is music for your soul, and it speaks directly to that part of you that attaches itself to sounds and rhymthms and rests there. This album is not a recording but a reminder. To those of us who thought that when all hope was lost and we had mis-placed hip hop to drugs, weapons, sexual promiscuity, etc. We have two men who transcended beyond the confines of the common, and expand their sound. I write this as I listen to the Outro. With a million and one thoughts trampling through my mind, and the song thumping out of my Skull-Candy headphones. I urge you to let the day pass and the night to come. Throw this C.D. in and let the sounds guide you.

Stay Blessed.

Hip Hop isn't lost, it's just mis-placed.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ooh Poo Pah Doo on June 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Maybe because it's all been done before, or because it "died" (it didn't, but it might be molding), or maybe because American capitalism has finally swallowed big and small acts alike, no one can deny that hip hop has changed not from "bad" to "worse" or from old-school to new-school to new-old-school, but to just plain mediocre. Maybe 808s have just outworn their welcome, maybe someone needs to invent a new piece of beat machinery. Either way, what was once a common enemy typified by Tribe's Show Business, the almighty machine of Record Company People and their adoption of anything that sells, has left the music somewhere beyond left field (maybe the hot-dog vendor?), in a business routine well beyond any EPMD album title, in some no-man's land of lackluster, sporadic, occasionally-inspired mediocrity. What seemed so vital, so necessary, so passionate in 1993 feels over-produced, under-produced, or auto-produced in 2010, although one could make the argument it was already beginning when Rawkus nose-dived into a spotty caricature of its former self, if it ever was anything more than a couple of folks in the right place at the right time who could only ride the coattails of luck so long before they learned to love the bomb ride down, Dr. Strangelove style. It's not that this new one from Hi Tek and Kweli is awful, that would be easy, even preferable. It's that it fails to move me in the slightest while managing to avoid all of the typical gaffes that at least provide for some moments of sarcastic relief. Just when the beat in Midnight Hour starts to work its magic, it gets squashed. Just when I start nodding off during Lifting Off, I start ignoring Kweli's chorus of overdubbed punch-ins and start following Hi Tek's bassline, weaving in and out of subtly-plucked strings and tonal undercurrents.Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Luke on May 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad I got this cd. Damn this cd is a classic. 17 songs and they all sound different and good and are in depth with lyrics and beats that sound creative. I'm not going to give a song by song. Instead, I'll say Kweli's lyrics have been pretty good to me always but his delivery, hooks, voice, and beat selection bothered me too much to pick up most of his cd's, even though i did hear them. This cd is different than his last efforts. This one, is his best or at least next to the last Reflection Eternal. This cd is not commercial. Talking about oil spills, revolution, naming names of unknown or unpopular revolutionaries, and intricate storytelling, rhyme schemes used and this vocabulary is not commercial. I wish commercial artists did sound this good. Commercial artists I thought were about rapping songs where noone could be offended and only saying what is popular to say in society today or rappers scared to make a statement against the status quo and writing lyrics with no depth of thought to fully expand on a point beyond just an analogy or simile, cliche or quote. I thought commercial was to not challenge the listener. This album is great and if his name wasn't Talib it would probably go platinum like Lupe's next cd will. No knock at all on Lupe, I'm just saying when you've been in the game this long and people think they know who you are and your sound (like Talib), and then your sound sounds rejuvenated, people like me can slip up and miss it cause we wrote you off and categorized you as that dude who has nice lyrics whose subject matter repeats itself, flow is weak, and has that nasal voice and is old. It's rare as rare can get to hear an old rapper with as many cd's as he has come back this strong with this many different styles.Read more ›
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Perverted Alchemist on May 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After a decade apart, Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek- collectively known as Reflection Eternal- return with a new album, the aptly titled "Revolutions Per Minute". This new album is a sharp left turn from its predecessor, their 2000 debut "Train Of Thought". On this project, it's decidedly more commercial which can be attributed to them being on the major label Warner Bros. Records. The album starts off with the rather slow "City Playgrounds" which would have been better suited for being in the middle of the album. "Back Again" features the long absent RES sounding noticeably different. Both tracks "In This World" and "Long Hot Summer" feature background vocals from Belinda Lipscomb, lead singer of the 1980's funk band Midnight Star. "Got Work" is a song in which fame is likened to a drug addiction, while "Ballad Of The Black Gold" addresses the controversy and conflict over the ever-present oil crisis. The song "Lifting Off" is, by all accounts, a weed song complete with an equally smoky sonic backdrop.

Talib handles primarily most of the lead vocals with the exception of the song "So Good" which is the lone track in which Hi-Tek actually performs on. The album's best song "Strangers (Paranoid)" shows Talib Kweli getting upstaged by Bun B of UGK. There are a few setbacks on "Revolutions Per Minute". The songs "Get Loose" with Chester French and the Estelle assisted "Midnight Hour" are just plain mediocre, while "In The Red" suffers from rather mundane production. Overall, Reflection Eternal crafted a good album, but it's a little too radio friendly- even for them.
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