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Prisoner Of Conscious (P.O.C.)

Talib Kweli Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Javotti Media
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Human Mic
3. Turnt Up
4. Come Here feat. Miguel
5. High Life feat. Rubix Cube & Bajah
6. Ready Set Go feat. Melanie Fiona
7. Hold It Now
8. Push Thru feat. Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar & Glen Reynolds
9. Hamster Wheel
10. Delicate Flowers
11. Rocket Ships feat. Busta Rhymes
12. Before He Walked feat. Nelly & Abby Dobson
13. Upper Echelon
14. Favela Love feat. Seu Jorge
15. It Only Gets Better feat. Marsha Ambrosius

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Talib Kweli has sold over 2 million records in his career. He has remained active with a digital-only release in 2011 (Gutter Rainbows), a Reflection Eternal project in 2010 (RPM), and a consistent touring schedule performing solo dates, along with group shows as Reflection Eternal and as Black Star with Mos Def. Prisoner of Conscious (P.O.C.) features Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius, Seu Jorge and more. The albm includes production by J Cole, RZA, Harry Fraud, Symbolic One (Kanye West), Sean C and LV (Jay-Z). CD packaging, created by Jeff Staple, contains an 18-page booklet with all song lyrics and various cover interpretations of P.O.C. from critically acclaimed graphic artists, such as Jonathan Mannion, James Jean and Sophia Chang.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talib Kweli P.O.C 14 May 2013
By Dan S
Format:Audio CD
On this album it is evident from the start Talib has took some risks especially with songs like Upper Echelon, some have even said that the beat is commercial. But i however like the fact he's tried new things it's better to keep moving forward and to stay relevent. I mostly like the fact that he's allowing the listener to come to their own opinion of what Prisoner of conscious represents. I personally feel this album is quite fresh sounding and on par with Good kid mad city. The production in my opinion is reasonable but nothing amazing but his rap's are fantastic they contain nice flows, wordplay and multis sym's and of course he's very lyrical. He also has alot of good features on this i like all apart from the Seu Jorge one. My fav was Kendricks verse on Pushin Thru. Upper Echelon is the worst song some of what he said i just didn't agree with and it's all been said before to me it just lacked originality. If you like this i also recommend listening to Mos Def and Q Tip just to name a couple. Oh i also forgot to mention this has an amazing booklet containing an 18 page booklet containing all lyrics and and some really nice album art by artists interprenting their depiction of what the quote prisoner of conscious means to them and how they see it. I hope my review has been helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talib's best solo album 18 July 2013
By McK
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One thing I will say is that this album is one of the first consistently excellent albums Hip Hop albums I have heard for a long time. Instead of having one or two songs on it that are excellent and the rest is filler there is just one excellent track after another.

This is Talib's most innovative, experimental and effective album he has released and has pretty much been on loop in the car since it arrived a couple of days ago. The production is kind of sparse and it just works with Talib's vocal's even the guest appearance are excellent.

Real Hip Hop and an essential buy for anyone who has been following Talib for last 10 odd years. For me it just beats Train of Thought, Black Star and Quality which is high praise indeed.

Outstanding and a real return to form after the OK Gutter Rainbow album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 3 Jun 2013
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Having been a long time fan since the days of Black Star some of TK's recent efforts such as Gutter Rainbows have been a little underwhelming. However P.O.C. sees TK moving forwards not backwards and back on 4.7 mics form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars talib.. 3 Jan 2014
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does this guy make dodgy albums? if he does, i have yet to hear any of them. great beats, top rhymes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talib Kweli surpised me again 8 May 2013
By Alan - Published on
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I can comfortably say Talib Kweli is one of the greatest artist I've ever listened to. A lot of you may think I'm absurd, and I would agree with my absurdity if I were to state this in 2006, but this is 2013. Talib Kweli stands out from the other rap artist due to his progression as a musician. Since his release with Mos Def in 1998, his growth has been a linear slope upwards. His craft, lyrics, creativity, and diligence earns my respect. Actually, he is my favorite rap artist because his style is original, liberal, and aggressive. Never in his career did he try to sound like another rap artist or change his style for the pursuit of money.

Going back to the title for my review, yes Talib Kweli surprised me again. Talib Kweli surprised me the first time when he released the prequel to this album, Gutter Rainbows(2011). Beginning 2011 when I read that Talib was going to release a prequel to this album, I was not satisfied because I thought he had the potential to create an album just as good as Eardrum, which was on my top 5 favorite hip hop albums at the time, and the word prequel didn't stick well with me well. After I listened to Gutter Rainbows, It instantly cracked my top 5 list and soon after, became my favorite hip hop album of all time and that's saying something big since my top 5 list includes:
2) Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
3) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor 1
4) Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
5) The Roots - Do You Want More
Honorable Mentions: Talib Kweli - Ear Drum

Gutter Rainbows was a HUGE surprise for me. I think I am one of the few people who praise Gutter Rainbows highly and that is unfortunate because the album is flawless.
So after the release of Gutter Rainbows, I did not think Talib Kweli would deliver a flawless album on the level of Gutter Rainbows. One reason I didn't think this album was not going to be as great because I misunderstood what he wanted to fulfill on Prisoner Of Conscious. Talib Kweli released Prisoner of Conscious to break the label as being a conscious rapper. When I heard him say that, I became a little disappointed because I thought he was going to become an artist who 'crossed the line' and make music that was that was not natural. Little did I understand what he meant by that statement, I did not have the highest hopes for Prisoner of Conscious. But after listening to this album, I can safely say that this is potentially the greatest hip hop album I ever listened to and juxtaposed to Gutter Rainbows.
A lot of people will disagree with me, but reviews are highly subjective which is the reason I don't review anything at all. Just to let everyone know how powerful this album is, this is the first review I ever written on Amazon and I buy from Amazon frequently.

Edit 05/17/2013
After giving it a couple listens, I have to say that this album does not crack my top 5 albums of all time. I let my emotions take over my brain after the first listen and didn't 'break in' the album before writing this. Regardless, this album still is on par with eardrum which is an amazing accomplishment. This album is great enough to be in my honorable mentions list for classic hip hop albums and deserves a listen by people who appreciate great music, especially hip hop.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Unfair Is It That I'm Just Getting Into This Guy Now? 9 May 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
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Talib Kweli is a name that I've heard knocked around for quite a few years now. This knowledge of him came around at a time when the world at large,and therefore the world of music,was beginning to circle back around to a more forward thinking point of few. Hip-hop music emerged in the pop world roughly around the time I was born. It was "alternative music": an alternative to commercial considerations forced upon many other artists in the post disco era. Its progressed and regressed alternately and in phases. It began with a party crew mentality similar to disco. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Melle changed all that. Then came Run DMC,LL Cool J,Def Jam and hip-hop (or rap as most people called it then) reached its commercial peak. The 90's bought a musical maelstrom of bitter gangsta rap,the "daisy age" hip-hop of the Bohemian fringe and conscious/political hop-hop. After 9/11,that holding pattern in the music took hold. After the 2008 election,hip-hop has again begun to move forward. That movement-reflected by the works of Common and the like, is moving the genre forward towards a heavier album oriented medium people like OutKast were on the threshold of in the late 90's with records such as [[ASIN:B00000BKI1 Aquemini]. And Talib Kweli,an artist whom I've never actually heard is making his own contributions to that progression of hip-hop with this new album.

The album starts out with "Human Mic",a beautifully cinematic loop of orchestration and piano where Talib lays out his creative manifesto for all to hear. The Brooklyn natives' home city of NYC,Tutankhamun,Chubacabra's and other references both realistic and relevatory are blended together in hi fast paced,busy-voiced style of rapping. That same flavor continues on "Come Here" with Rubix and Bajah and "Ready Set Go" with vocals by Melanie Fiona. "Turnt Up" is an example of hip-hop sampling itself with the spare 808 style beats of Eric B and Rakim making up the template which is with no irony about Talib taking hip-hop into a new place inspired less by money and more by talent and ambition of the original hip-hop crews. "Come Here" is an inspired romantic soul music courting ritual-blended the honeyed Marvin Gaye-style vocals of Miguel with Talib's strong rhyming flow. On the G-funk like flow of "Hold It Now" and the even strong grooving "Push Thru",notably featuring Kendrick Lamar he is again on the topic of chasing ones dreams rather than chasing money. "Hamster Wheel",with its stomping funky soul style completely de-glamorizes the hard ghetto culture,with its degradation and vice,using the subtext of a young nubile African American woman. "Delicate Flowers",in similarly rhythmic funky soul manner illustrates the opposite character: a lady too overconfident in her femininity to see the male point of view in a relationship.

On the heavy handed horn funk of "Rocket Ships),Talib and Busta Rhymes rap about the un-humanistic relationship some people have allowed themselves to have with modern technology. "Before He Walked",with singer Abby Dobson and Nelly is a beautifully gospel/soul inspired cinematic aural adventure-referencing Buddy Bolden,the earliest acknowledged jazz musician from the 19th century,as an example to the current generation that ones music should be a vehicle to inspire. It functions as the highest level of hip-hop "people music",the name I give to humanistic message songs. "Favela",with singer Seu Jorge has a strong,deep rhodes electric piano jazzy funk flavor to it-full of heavy romantic comes on's. The album ends with the layered percussive groove of "It Only Get's Better",with the British singer Marsha Ambrosius offers up more thoughtful "people music" with a more spiritual angle. It is the electro/boogie inspired synth looped "Upper Echelon" that typifies the concept of the entire album which,of course is helped massively with the inclusion of a clear lyric booklet. Talib Kweli is taking on the classic soul/funk/R&B quest to find the middle ground between the secular and the spiritual,of the knowable and unknowable. His rhyming flow evokes both an artful and thoughtful type mindset that also maintains a strong street level identification with the listener. While some profanity and very mild misogyny are sprinkled into the lyrics,even that seems to come from an outsider's perspective. Even for conscious hip-hop,this is very much music for the thinking and the thoughtful. And I personally wish to thank Talib Kweli for putting something like this into the hip-hop world: strong fertilizer to keep that genre's garden blooming with more colorful flowers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kweli's return 11 May 2013
By Eric Eastman - Published on
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This album is worth coppin because Talib lyrics speaks volume and I know some say the beats are simplistic yet the his thoughts encompassed in the tracks are phenomenal it's better than 95% of the albums released this year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!!!! 10 May 2013
By C Square - Published on
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The album is cool!! It is a big refresher from all the B.S. that is in rotation!! Talib's lyrics are always on point.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY disappointing...... 17 May 2013
By Pen Name - Published on
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First, let me say I've been a diehard Talib fans since the days of Fortified Live, Lyricist Lounge, Soundbombing I and Blackstarr with the Mighty Mos Def. I've seen him perform live several times over the years and I have ALL of his albums. With that being said, I must say that this album was pretty shallow by Talib's standards. Granted you have a few bangers and the usual tight lyrics on a couple of songs but those far and few between. Out of the entire album I would say only 4 songs at the most are even worth listening to. The rest of the album sounds forced and rushed. The production is seriously lacking. My suggestion to all of you would be to sample each song individually first and then purchase only the songs that appeal to you. DO NOT buy the full album!! BEWARE!!!
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