Reflection Eternal [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
After releasing a handful of essential 12"s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
After releasing a handful of essential 12"s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still tender age. He does not aspire to reprogram the masses with this album, just rehabilitate them, as he laments on "The Blast": "They ask me what I'm writing for/I'm writing to show you what we fighting for." In an effort to celebrate life, Kweli breaks down hip-hop's obsession with death on "Good Mourning" and "Too Late." But it is his varied lyrical content that is most inspiring, effortlessly transitioning from the poignant circle-of-life epic "For Women" to the rugged "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Down for the Count," featuring Rah Digga and Xzibit. While the unassuming, largely minimalist grooves that Hi-Tek supplied on Black Star's debut longed for a dramatic flair, he displays a remarkable maturation on Reflection Eternal. In fact, Tek's loping keyboard wails, soulful staccato claps, and shimmering piano loops are often sublime in their arrangement and outcome. Though Kweli and Hi-Tek's debut harbors over-ambitious tendencies, clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, they are a duo that will undoubtedly stain their memory into hip-hop's collective memory with this noteworthy debut. Welcome to the new generation of Native Tongue speaking. [Reflection Eternal was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Priority Records
  • UPC: 724352614424
  • Catalog Number: 26144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Experience Dedication - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (2:23)
  2. 2 Move Somethin' - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:08)
  3. 3 Some Kind of Wonderful - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:14)
  4. 4 The Blast - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:07)
  5. 5 This Means You - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (4:12)
  6. 6 Too Late - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:25)
  7. 7 Memories Live - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:58)
  8. 8 Africa Dream - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (4:09)
  9. 9 Down for the Count - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:51)
  10. 10 Name of the Game - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (1:50)
  11. 11 Ghetto Afterlife - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (2:58)
  12. 12 On My Way - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (1:09)
  13. 13 Love Language - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (5:01)
  14. 14 Love Speakeasy - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (1:39)
  15. 15 Soul Rebels - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (4:02)
  16. 16 Eternalists - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:58)
  17. 17 Big del from da Natti - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (1:15)
  18. 18 Touch You - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (4:41)
  19. 19 Good Mourning - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (3:34)
  20. 20 Expansion Outro - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek (8:01)
  21. 21 For Women - Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talib Kweli Primary Artist
Weldon Irvine Keyboards
Tracie Background Vocals
Owen Brown Fiddle
De La Soul Track Performer
Kool G Rap Track Performer
Teodross Avery Saxophone
Vinia Mojica Vocals
Les Nubians Track Performer
Mos Def Track Performer
Monique Walker Background Vocals
Rah Digga Track Performer
Kweli, Talib & Hi Tek Track Performer
Technical Credits
DJ Hi-Tek Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Weldon Irvine Producer
Troy Hightower Engineer
Guy Snider Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Talib Kweli Producer, Executive Producer
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