Saturday, June 23, 2007

Poll Vol 2: Favorite Talib Kweli album

FYI, for reference, I have a Kweli playlist listed at RYM here

Pls vote for this poll if you haven't yet

Voting ends Mon Jun-25

In honor of Talib Kweli's new album Ear Drum, my next poll is

What is your favorite Talib Kweli album?

Feel free to advocate for your voted album in the comments.

Kweli is the truth. The guy consistently has made a quantity of quality (no pun) good music in the last decade. 7 studio albums, plus several mixtape albums & countless guest verses. Kweli has flow, is insightful, & often picks great beats to use on his albums.

For this poll, I included all his 7 studio albums. Although 3 of his albums are in duo groups, 2 of these are 1 MC/1 producer groups which are like solo albums anyways. The other one is the Black Star album, which I couldn't exclude from this poll due to its critical acclaim.

I'm going to give this poll some time, until Jun-25, so that voters can revisit the Kweli discography if needed, in order to make a well-informed choice.

For your reference, I have links to each album's RYM page, where you can find tracklisting & reviews. I also have some videos from each album where available.

1998 Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Talib Kweli Are Black Star



2000 Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal) - Reflection Eternal...Train of Thought

The Blast

2002 Quality
Talib Kweli - Quality

Waitin For The DJ

Get By

The Proud

2004 The Beautiful Struggle
Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle

I Try

Never Been In Love

2005 Right About Now
Talib Kweli - Right About Now

2007 Kweli & Madlib - Liberation
Talib Kweli & Madlib - Liberation

2007 Ear Drum
Talib Kweli - Ear Drum


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elgringocolombiano said...

Geez, where's my fellow "Quality" album stans?

ian said...

train of thought is the best in my opinion, though the bilal tracks on quality sure do give it a run for it's money. i mean fuck, how good is bilal's voice?!

ian said...

orale buey- two new drops over at PSG's.

I Fux said...

train of thought is the best in my opinion, though the bilal tracks on quality sure do give it a run for it's money. i mean fuck, how good is bilal's voice?!

^^Dont tell me you're a Bilal Stan like the kid, Whoa I havent met too many and they have all been here on the Net i.e. Belize, Dallas Penn, Eloheem and a few others. Therefore Quality Best Talib ALbum

elgringocolombiano said...

Quality is the truth & the GOAT Kweli album. In short, there are 2 reasons for its illness:

1 very consistent beats. Although there is no cohesive sound & many producers involved, it seems they all brought their "A Game".

Kanye West alone has 3 great beats "Get By", "Good To You", "Guerilla Monsoon Rap"

2 Subject matter - Kweli says some timeless, meaningful ish here. Like your boy Ian, Kweli can "out philosphize you".

The Proud - complicated view of 9/11, McVeigh, & police brutality in NYC. Real life is complex, & Kweli drops more insight in this 1 song than a lame MSM 50-yr old editorial writer does in their whole lame career.

Won't You Stay - the GOAT rap song about relationship with one's girlfriend. Most rap "love songs" are wack, but Kweli drops some ill insightful lines here.

Get By - In the USA with the declining middle class (shout out to my politics homie Truth Hunter), many of us got our reasons just to get by

Joy - GOAT song about children

Stand To The Side - perhaps the GOAT every-man life struggle raps

My fav album of the 2000s so far. The ish really is timeless. If this makes me a stan, so be it. Kweli was actually under-hyping this ish big-time by calling it "Quality".

BTW - all the guest artists & producers are great here. Bilal included, natch. They really gel with Kweli. Kendra Ross is the truth on "Won't You Stay".

I Fux said...

Joy is till this day one of the songs I can honestly say touches me in a Fatherly sense .......Yo Rey I got Greg Oden's dad up check it