Reflection Eternal: In This World - Single
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek
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After releasing a handful of essential 12"s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still tender age. He does not aspire to reprogram the masses with this album, just rehabilitate them, as he laments on "The Blast": "They ask me what I'm writing for/I'm writing to show you what we fighting for." In an effort to celebrate life, Kweli breaks down hip-hop's obsession with death on "Good Mourning" and "Too Late." But it is his varied lyrical content that is most inspiring, effortlessly transitioning from the poignant circle-of-life epic "For Women" to the rugged "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Down for the Count," featuring Rah Digga and Xzibit. While the unassuming, largely minimalist grooves that Hi-Tek supplied on Black Star's debut longed for a dramatic flair, he displays a remarkable maturation on Reflection Eternal. In fact, Tek's loping keyboard wails, soulful staccato claps, and shimmering piano loops are often sublime in their arrangement and outcome. Though Kweli and Hi-Tek's debut harbors over-ambitious tendencies, clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, they are a duo that will undoubtedly stain their memory into hip-hop's collective memory with this noteworthy debut. Welcome to the new generation of Native Tongue speaking.
Great Music Lasts Forever!
I know that the majority of people looking at this single are intelligent people who already know both Kweli and Tek, but if you are either new to hip hop (other than the bull**** that is crammed down our throats everyday), check this out. You won't be disappointed! It's a mix of emotional, cut to the bone lyrics, mixed with outstanding production (which includes actual cuttin'). Combine that with a nice choral chorus (not a rapper trying to sing) and you have a powerful track. Check out some of the duo's solo work as well as Blackstar (A duo consisting of Kweli and Mos Def). Like I said, I'm sure the majority of you know this stuff already, but if not; hope it helped.
Real Hip hop is back!!!
I don't know why these guys had to split but I'm glad that there back in the lab and putting out good music. Now if we can only get artist on the Westcoast to bring back the Westcoast sound. Cop this quick.
That Real Hip Hop!
Born: October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s