Talib Kweli is on a roll. Just six months after the release of his much anticipated Reflection Eternal sequel Kweli is back banging on your eardrum with a new solo record titled Gutter Rainbows. It’s a breath of fresh air hearing Kweli rap in an age where mediocre pop rappers saturate the market with average sounding albums. In recent months Nicki Minaj, T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and The Black Eyed Peas have all put out trend setting albums with superb production, but the ingredient they all lack that Kweli has managed to preserve in his records is lyrical prowess. With songs like the album’s title track, “So Low,” “How You Love Me,” and “Friends and Family” it is apparent that Kweli’s tongue twisting wordplay is more like that of a slam poet such as Saul Williams rather than your average hip hop artist. On Gutter Rainbows Kweli has once again raised the bar for rap artists and it’s our job as fans to make sure records like this don’t kept slept on or fall in the gutter. “Friends and Family/Yep, they all apart of me/I’d die for them/And they’d die for me.” Even Ed Lover knows what’s up!
1. After The Rain (produced by 88-Keys)
2. Gutter Rainbows (produced by M-Phazes)
3. So Low (produced by Shuko)
4. Palookas feat. Sean Price (produced by Marco Polo)
5. Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (produced by S1)
6. I’m On One (produced by KHRYSIS!)
7. Wait For You feat. Kendra Ross (produced by S1)
8. Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (produced by 6th sense)
9. Cold Rain (produced by Ski Beatz)
10. Friends & Family (produced by E. Jones)
11. Tater Tot (produced by Nick Speed)
12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (produced by Blaq Toven)
13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (produced by Oh No)
14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (produced by Maurice Brown)
These photos were taken of Talib Kweli and Estelle at S.O.B.s in New York City
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