The Beautiful Struggle [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Something's not right when a high compliment -- one laid down on wax, no less! -- from a giant like Jay-Z doesn't set off a major sales spike. Such is the case with Talib Kweli, a phenomenal MC who has only flirted with mainstream acceptance, despite being admired by a host of harder-edged platinum artists. Rather than try to ride out that slow if steady momentum and see where it takes him, Kweli takes the power into his own hands and grabs for the brass ring. The Beautiful Struggle is far from a 180 for him, but it's just out of character enough to be awkward. Whether he's attempting to bridge the underground to the mainstream or simply pull away from the former, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Something's not right when a high compliment -- one laid down on wax, no less! -- from a giant like Jay-Z doesn't set off a major sales spike. Such is the case with Talib Kweli, a phenomenal MC who has only flirted with mainstream acceptance, despite being admired by a host of harder-edged platinum artists. Rather than try to ride out that slow if steady momentum and see where it takes him, Kweli takes the power into his own hands and grabs for the brass ring. The Beautiful Struggle is far from a 180 for him, but it's just out of character enough to be awkward. Whether he's attempting to bridge the underground to the mainstream or simply pull away from the former, the results aren't wholly convincing. Not only is Kweli attempting to alter the way in which he's perceived through his own verses; he's also been keeping some unlikely company -- a superior prealbum mixtape featured guest spots from Fabolous, Styles P, and G-Unit addition Shawn Penn. More than once on this album, Kweli's as anxious to lose his backpacking image as a fourth grader at 3 p.m. On the title track, he declares, "They call me the political rapper even after I tell 'em I don't f*ck with politics, I don't even follow it." He stands no chance of losing that tag when a line like "the motherf*cking Democrats is acting like Republicans" is contained within the same verse. Plus, he always has and always will excel at depicting facets of interpersonal politics. As much as The Beautiful Struggle is likely to catch longtime fans off-guard and leave mainstream followers indifferent, Kweli's unexpected moves appear to have more to do with trying new things -- and possibly thwarting preconceived notions -- than desperation. Still, there's no denying that it misses a little more than it hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Rawkus / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498637050
  • Catalog Number: 000340702
  • Sales rank: 327,525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Going Hard (3:50)
  2. 2 Back Up Offa Me (3:37)
  3. 3 Broken Glass (3:10)
  4. 4 We Know (3:44)
  5. 5 A Game (3:35)
  6. 6 I Try (4:25)
  7. 7 Around My Way - John Legend (4:47)
  8. 8 We Got the Beat - RES (3:19)
  9. 9 Work It Out (4:19)
  10. 10 Ghetto Show (4:47)
  11. 11 Black Girl Pain (5:03)
  12. 12 Never Been in Love (5:00)
  13. 13 Beautiful Struggle (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Talib Kweli Primary Artist, Vocals
Dion Vocals
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Mark Batson Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Faith Evans Vocals
Anthony Hamilton Vocals
Common Rap
Dave Young Orchestra Vocals
Alex Thomas Vocals
RES Vocals, Rap
E Bass Keyboards
John Legend Vocals
Yummy Bingham Vocals
Tiffany Mynon Vocals
Jamia Simone Nash Vocals
Jamia Simone Nash Vocals
Technical Credits
DJ Hi-Tek Audio Production
Todd Mason Producer
K.C. Ross Composer
C.J.P. Smyth Composer
A.P. Thompson Composer
Tom Brick Mastering
Talib Kweli Executive Producer
Brian Garten Engineer
Kanye West Producer
H. Charlemagne Composer
Just Blaze Producer
Corey Smyth Executive Producer
Supa Dave West Producer
Bruce Waynne Producer
Dirty Swift Producer
Charlemagne Audio Production
Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson Producer
Alan Mason Vocal Engineer
David Brown Engineer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Talib is the greatest

    Talib has so much rapping skills it's shocking. I just wish i could tell him or learn to rap like him. And he's one of the only rapper's that haven't got pop like Jay-Z or Eminem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    This is a really refeshing hiphop album it has a different sound to most out at the moment, the production values are second to none on this album you just need to listen to the beats to recognise that. unlike many has sampled the classic Planet Rock with success. a definate for any hiphop head

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best

    this cd is amazing...the song "beautiful struggle" is down right amazing...i love this cd...he came with on this cd thats all i know..go buy this cd you wont be disapointed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beautiful Struggle Is Simply Beautiful and Fierce!

    Talib can weave his story with precision and eloquence! He raps about things that are relavent and timely. His flow is like a a soldier walking with deft cadence! The melodies are beautiful and original and truly on point! Now Talib can flow with the best of them and this CD proves it. This CD is ON Fire! Go buy this Cd ASAP!!!!! I loved Talib's passion,joy,pain,and love for his craft and this is more evident on The Beautiful Struggle . The guest appearances are well directed and simply stunning really.

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