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Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek sketch their lives as artists and young men. There's confidence and deep appreciation flowing through Reflection Eternal. Kweli reminisces about living in Flatbush, house parties, writing rhymes on napkins, watching his son put his first sentences together, and family strife. It works again when Kweli focuses on his chosen profession on "Good Mourning" and "Too Late," as hip-hop becomes a metaphor for life. They praise passion on "Love Language," "Touch You" and "For Women." A survivalist mentality emerges in "Down for the Count" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." Such sentiment is backed up by between-song shouts from Nelson Mandela, Lennox Lewis, Gil Scott Heron, and Rick James. Survivors all.

Customer Reviews

Who works at Itunes?

I love this album I have two copies when it came out back in 2001. What I really want to know, is did the exec at Itunes who wrote the review, realize that Dave Chappelle is the one who did Nelson Mandela's & Rick James' voices? Not to hate, but it just seems like the person who wrote the review, barely listened to the album. He/she did have the general idea of the album as it is one of the most lyrically deep albums of the new millenium. But it's more than just a story of survival, it's wake up call, for black people to look beyond the superficial toward a more lasting family structure and fulfilling life.

"Persistence, dedication, Consistent, motivation"

Talib is THE best lyricist in hip hop (without being too explicit) (by that, I mean Eminem is right up there with him). My first Kweli album was Quality, which I got when it first came out. I was blown away. Then, I went & picked this up. I listened, & was dumbfounded, I couldn't believe that one artist could create amazing lyrics consistently like this. Hi-Tek lays down some insane beats, & Kweli just ridiculously kills it. BUY THIS WHOLE ALBUM. You don't have to skip one song, I promise. Standouts: Move Somethin', Some Kind Of Wonderful, Too Late, Memories Live, Africa Dream, Name Of The Game (soooo tight, sounds like a freestyle), Ghetto Afterlife, Soul Rebels, Expansion Outro (I think he has like 5 verses in this, & it's smart & smooth). If you ever get into Talib Kweli, pick this one up first, & you won't regret it.

Talib's Best Work

Talib Kweli has been known as one of the best rappers around for quite some time. But, most people don't even know this album is out there. Talib joins up with producer Hi Tek to make an album that may be long but has an amazing variety of beats and topics covered in it. "This Means You" features Mos Def, and shows just how well the two work together. Comlimenting eachother with their varied flows and word play. Talib has an avantage on this album he does not have on others by having beats that are open ended enough for him to be able to flow without entirly staying on beat. Theses intancese happen most noticably on "Good morning". This track best sums up why Talib is as respected in the hip-hop comunity as he is. It's also the best song on the album. This masterpiece is worth getting just for the beat on "Down for the Count" once you hear it, it'll be stuck in your head for weeks. This is the best CD to get if your yet to hear Talib Kweli and will be a constant in your rotation.


Born: Cincinnati, OH

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

Hi-Tek played a major role in the highly admired golden-age revivalist sound affiliated with the Rawkus Records collective, crafting many of the label's initial breakthrough releases. While Hi-Tek's production style owes a debt to New York's finest beat-makers from the early '90s — DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor — the producer actually arose from Cincinnati's low-key hip-hop scene rather than the streets of Brooklyn. Local mentors such as Ravi T, J-Fresh, and Sen Sai showed the...
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