Prisoner of Conscious - JAVOTTI MEDIA / CAPITOL / EMI
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Zachary Sniderman on May 24, 2013
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.