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Worst Kweli album is still good
on 14 May 2004
Talib Kweli was one of the first artists to be signed to Rawkus along with Mos Def, Company Flow and Shabaam Saadeeq, which means he prided himself being underground. Fast forward to the new millenium, he comes up with an album which gives further proof why Rawkus is now defunct; they sold out and completely defied what made them an extroardinary label in 1997. This is not to say that "Quality" is lacking what it's title suggests, but after an 'amazing' album with Mos Def and a 'phenomenal' album with Hi Tek, Kweli forced my expectations rediculously high and a 'fairly decent' album does not meet them. There are two especially good tracks on here: the Kanye West produced 'Get By' and 'Put It In The Air' featuring DJ Quik, both of which have great beats and rhymes and sound great played full blast especially if you posess a huge subwoofer. It was also good to see label mates Pharoah Monch (one of my all-time favourite MCs) and Mos Def appear, although I wanted the latter to drop a verse rather than be on just a chorus.
On its own merits, I do like this album. The beats from Kanye West, Megahertz and Ayatollah are strong and Kweli is generally doing what he's always done. I would recommend "Quality" to listeners of all the modern rap music out at the moment, but those who have followed the works put out on the Rawkus label in the 20th century may be disappointed with its polished content.