Prisoner Of Conscious (LP) [Explicit]


Talib Kweli

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Amoeba Review

05/06/2013

The title of Talib Kweli’s latest album might imply a heady, political rap opus, and it is in some regards. But it’s also a fun, hook-oriented album that teams the intellectually charged rapper with a smart team of young guns — Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y and Busta Rhymes all make appearances, making up a sort of squadron of critically acclaimed performers both novice and veteran. He’s as apt here to spit flow as quickly as possible and encourage those around him to speak up (“Human Mic”) as he is to engage in a sexy, Marvin Gaye-inspired hip-hop/soul ballad (“Come Here,” featuring the great Miguel) or get into story-heavy tales (the awesome “Hamster Wheel”). Producer Oh No (of duo Gangrene) provides a bevy of psychedelic beats, while S1 produces the syrupy “Push Thru,” teaming Kweli with Lamar, Curren$y and Glen Reynolds for a laid-back jam that allows Kweli the opportunity to work with artists he’s surely inspired. Prisoner of Conscious doesn’t approach the classic-level flow of Kweli’s classic Quality debut or Black Star collaboration with Mos Def, but it reestablishes him as a talent able to shift with the times whose quick flow and brainy vocabulary hasn’t dulled a bit.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
Talib Kweli 01:07
2.
Human Mic
Talib Kweli 02:17
3.
Turnt Up
Talib Kweli 03:45
4.
Come Here
Talib Kweli , Miguel 04:27


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
High Life
Talib Kweli , Rubix Cube , Bajah 04:12
2.
Ready Set Go
Talib Kweli , Melanie Fiona 04:26
3.
Hold It Now
Talib Kweli 02:10
4.
Push Thru
Talib Kweli , Curren$y , Kendrick Lamar , Glenn Reynolds 04:58


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hamster Wheel
Talib Kweli 03:26
2.
Delicate Flowers
Talib Kweli 03:17
3.
Rocket Ships
Talib Kweli , Busta Rhymes 03:26
4.
Before He Walked
Talib Kweli , Nelly , Abby Dobson 03:51


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Upper Echelon
Talib Kweli 03:38
2.
Favela Love
Talib Kweli , Seu Jorge 06:19
3.
It Only Gets Better
Talib Kweli , Marsha Ambrosius 05:29

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