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Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Reuniting a decade after their debut, Train of Thought, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek return with another collaboration under their Reflection Eternal moniker. Despite the gap between albums, Kweli and Hi-Tek still have the same chemistry that's followed them from project to project. Hi-Tek's soul-infused beats create the perfect laid-back atmosphere for Kweli's casual verbal acrobatics, crafting beats that bring the listener into the group's chilled-out space with their minimal aesthetic. Rather than getting too lost in the crates, Hi-Tek keeps things relatively minimal, letting the beats do the heavy lifting while the samples create the proper headspace for Kweli and friends ...
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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
Reuniting a decade after their debut, Train of Thought, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek return with another collaboration under their Reflection Eternal moniker. Despite the gap between albums, Kweli and Hi-Tek still have the same chemistry that's followed them from project to project. Hi-Tek's soul-infused beats create the perfect laid-back atmosphere for Kweli's casual verbal acrobatics, crafting beats that bring the listener into the group's chilled-out space with their minimal aesthetic. Rather than getting too lost in the crates, Hi-Tek keeps things relatively minimal, letting the beats do the heavy lifting while the samples create the proper headspace for Kweli and friends to explore. "In the Red" shows off this kind of exploratory production, where Hi-Tek's less-is-more beat cruises along while Kweli raps about the fall of his musical heroes, saying "Shame how our heroes is broke/We call them stars/It's because when they falling to Earth/They falling hard." Like their last album together, Revolutions Per Minute also has some hard-hitting guest spots. Most surprising of these is "Strangers Paranoid," which features former UGK member Bun B stopping by to drop some verses on the topic of government bailouts. The biggest treat for Black Star fans will be the star-packed "Just Begun," featuring Jay Electronica, J. Cole, and Kweli's former Black Star partner, Mos Def. The track really captures that Native Tongues old school meets new school feeling, reminding us what made Black Star so good while making us all scratch our heads as we wonder why Jay Electronica isn't more famous. Revolutions Per Minute is an album that's been a long time coming, and Kweli and Hi-Tek prove once again that there's more to rap than club bangers, delivering another dose of socially and politically conscious music that's more about opening people's eyes to what's happening in the world than telling them how to feel about it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624983675
  • Catalog Number: 512766
  • Sales rank: 106,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 RPM's - Reflection Eternal (1:06)
  2. 2 City Playgrounds - Reflection Eternal (4:43)
  3. 3 Back Again - R.E.S. (3:26)
  4. 4 Strangers (Paranoid) - Bun B (2:51)
  5. 5 In This World - Reflection Eternal (3:30)
  6. 6 Got Work - Reflection Eternal (4:16)
  7. 7 Midnight Hour - Estelle (4:39)
  8. 8 Lifting Off - Reflection Eternal (5:22)
  9. 9 In the Red - Reflection Eternal (3:00)
  10. 10 Black Gold Intro - Reflection Eternal (0:17)
  11. 11 Ballad of the Black Gold - Reflection Eternal (5:33)
  12. 12 Just Begun - Jay Electronica (3:36)
  13. 13 Long Hot Summer - Reflection Eternal (2:22)
  14. 14 Get Loose - Chester French (5:33)
  15. 15 So Good - Reflection Eternal (3:32)
  16. 16 Ends - Bilal (3:22)
  17. 17 My Life (Outro) - Reflection Eternal (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talib Kweli Primary Artist, Group Member
DJ Hi-Tek scratching, Skit, Group Member
Belinda Lipscomb Vocals
Imani Uzuri Vocals
Daniel Seeff Bass, Guitar
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes Bass, Guitar
Daniel Jones Keyboards
Affion Crockett Skit
Zach Lucas Tenor Saxophone
Ethan Gouldbourne Keyboards
Tekzilla Vocals
Eric Coomes Bass
Technical Credits
DJ Hi-Tek Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Eddie Krakaur Engineer
Belinda Lipscomb Composer
Talib Kweli Executive Producer
Young Guru Arranger, Engineer
Dave Dar Engineer
Sha Money XL Executive Producer, Management
Corey Smyth Executive Producer, Management
Daniel Seeff Composer, Producer
Ellen Wakayama Visual Direction
Denise A. Williams Visual Direction
Estelle Arranger
Austin Briggs Engineer
Carolyn Tracey Package Production
Samuel Kalandjian Engineer
T. Greene Arranger, Composer
Estelle Swaray Composer
Ski Beats Engineer
Pat Viala Engineer
Jack Rayner Engineer
Christopher Lee Lyons Art Direction
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