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Talib Kweli
Prisoner of Conscious - JAVOTTI MEDIA / CAPITOL / EMI
FILTER Grade: 80%

By Zachary Sniderman on May 24, 2013


Talib Kweli

If you know Talib Kweli—the socially minded Brooklyn emcee recognized more for his vocal abilities than his CD sales—then Prisoner of Conscious is a gimme. If you don’t know the enormously gifted Kweli, his first solo record in three years is a tougher sell. There’s a laundry list of cameos and prodigious lyricism, but the songs rarely move. Big tracks like single “Upper Echelon” are flat. Instead, the standout beats have some old-school crackle and POC is most interesting when Kweli can relax and just, you know, be brilliant.


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