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The much-loved Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli rose to prominence during the indie-rap boom of the late '90s, releasing classic albums like Black Star with Mos Def and Train of Thought with DJ Hi-Tek. Since then, he's put out reliably dope solo records, including Quality, The Beautiful Struggle, Eardrum, and Gutter Rainbows. Though he never cracked superstar status, he has a fiercely loyal global fanbase and is an undisputed master lyricist; Jay-Z famously shouted him out on "Moment of Clarity" back in 2003. Prisoner of Conscious is arguably his best work in years, loaded with unimpeachable storytelling and diverse production from RZA, Oh No, J. Cole, and Boi-1Da, among others. "Come Thru," "Hamster Wheel," "Favela Love," and "Before He Walked" (featuring Nelly!) are highlights. Another strong effort from one of hip-hop's most consistent voices.

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What REAL Hip Hop Sounds Like!

One of his best. I love every track on this album. Granted it's a little more maintream than his past works, but this is what hip hop is missing. Kudo to Kweli! Definitely one of the best emcees in the game!

Before He Walked

Nelly killed it on that track! This album is nice!

Kweli's best album besides Black Star

He is real hip-hop. Nough said, one of the best rappers alive.


Born: October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

If skills sold, Talib Kweli would have been one of the most commercially successful rappers of his time. As it was, however, the earnest MC became one of the most critically successful rappers of his time, which dawned in the late '90s when he rapped alongside Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. This trio of up-and-comers and their widely acclaimed self-titled 1998 album debut, Black Star, helped make Rawkus Records one of the premier underground rap outposts of the late '90s....
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Prisoner of Conscious (Deluxe Edition), Talib Kweli
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, East Coast Rap, Rap, Underground Rap
  • Released: May 07, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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