There has been some buzz lately about Talib Kweli's latest album entitled "Eardrum." For good reason since a lot of the Rap music on the market is infested with mysogenistic and violent lyrics. Kweli is far more insightful and sophisticated than many Rap / Hip-Hop artists out there. Not only is he skilled on the mic but he actually made an effort to find thoughtful things to rhyme about. His album includes a generous 20 tracks with big name collaborations from the likes of Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.
"NY Weather Report" is a solid effort. "Hostile Gospel PT. 1 (Deliver Us)" looks at some of today's issues with lyrics like "…Black kids wishing they white kids, when they close their eyes, it's like, I bet their neighborhood ain't like this. White kids wishing they black kids, wanna talk like rappers, its all backwards, its identity crisis." The health care system and politics are also explored. Wow, who would ever expect to hear such topics explored so intelligently by a Rap artist in his music? "Holy Moly" and "Eat To Live" are also notable. Grammy award-winning Norah Jones collaborates on "Soon The New Day." This duo sounds good together. "More or Less" and "Hot Thing" are mediocre. Musiq's soulful voice blends well with Kweli's on "Oh My Stars." "Listen" is a good effort as well. The album ends off with "The Nature," featuring Justin Timberlake. There is a certain "je ne sais quoi" that was off about this track. Could have been better. I must say that Talib Kweli is an underdog in this music industry. He's got talent but he's not typical mainstream, although a few songs are borderline. While he's got plenty to say, he's not a Saint. There is some swearing and while not all the tracks are great, some of them really are outstanding. By far, one of the best Rap albums I've heard in a long time.