On his first full-length without longtime collaborator DJ Hi-Tek, Brooklyn's Talib Kweli expands the boundaries of his sound while staying true to his indie hip-hop roots. "This ain't commercial or underground/It's just true," he proclaims on the R&B-flavored joint "Good to You," and the rapper backs up this statement throughout the eclectic Quality. Tracks such as "Gun Music," featuring the Cocoa Brovaz, and "Guerrilla Monsoon" (a clever take on the name of wrestler Gorilla Monsoon), featuring Black Thought of the Roots and Rawkus labelmate Pharoahe Monch, recall the battle-ready Kweli who climbed from the trenches of New York City's underground hip-hop scene in the mid-'90s. Meanwhile, on the politically powered "The Proud" and the parenthood celebration "Joy," featuring his Black Star partner-in-rhyme Mos Def, Kweli sounds more like the socially conscious rapper fans know and love from Black Star and Reflection Eternal with Hi-Tek. Switching gears once again, the more radio-friendly "Waitin' for the DJ," featuring neo-soul man Bilal, and the slow jam "Won't You Stay," featuring talented newcomer Kendra Ross, could help Kweli achieve the commercial success he greatly deserves. And with production by sound wizards the Soulquarians (Common), DJ Quik (Truth Hurts), Kayne West (Jay-Z), and Jay Dee (Slum Village), this might be the vehicle to allow New York's real top dog/underdog to shine.
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Performance CreditsTalib Kweli Primary Artist
Samuel James Background Vocals
Pino Palladino Bass
James Poyser Keyboards
Doug Wimbish Bass
Teodross Avery Saxophone
Savion Glover Taps
Duane Eubanks Trumpet
Kendra Ross Background Vocals
Tiffany Phinazee Vocals
Vernetta Bobien Background Vocals
Abby Dobson Background Vocals
Chinua Hawk Background Vocals
Aisha Mike Vocals
Technical CreditsGeoff Allen Engineer
DJ Quik Producer
Robin Hill Sample Clearance
DJ Scratch Producer
Talib Kweli Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Dahoud Darien Producer
Kanye West Producer
Dave Dar Engineer
Eric Krasno Producer
Corey Smyth Executive Producer
Supa Dave West Producer
J Dilla Producer
Talib Kweli Greene Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One word to describe this album: beautiful. Kweli is a true poet. I disagree about the slow numbers too-I think "Where do we go" is one of the best tracks.
Another fantastic album by Kweli, who kicks something for everyone. He gets you dancing or he gets in your head. Get By, Rush, Joy are best tracks. Arrangement is perhaps the only weakness.
This is a quality CD. Talib attacks every subject and does it well. Other artists are feeding into his leadership in the game. He is getting a lot of respect along the way. Every song on this CD is dope!
Of the 14 songs, only one is a "skipper." A slow love song in the middle of the album takes some wind out of Kweli's storm, but the momentum picks up right after that. This is an outstanding effort, album of the year.
Talib Kweli is incredibly amazing, not only lyrically but intellectually. The introductory trio of "Rush", "Get By", and "Shock Body" contain quite possibly some of the best rhymes I have ever heard. And it's not only about the rhymes but what he rhymes ABOUT. Other notable tracks are, "Guerrilla Monsoon Rap", "Gun Music", "Joy" and "The Proud". Also his radio-friendly singles are enough to earn this a four and a half star rating. Some of the tracks get a bit too mellow and shift the mood of the CD but ultimately Kweli's first solo effort is a huge success and is a definite must have. Quality isn't a perfect LP but it ranks up there with the best in Hip Hop today and for the future.
kweli is the # 1 m.c. out there without a doubt, lyrically gifted, educated m.c. that can flip it in any format. other m.c.'s cannot test.
i was just a talib's concert he was so hype hes album quality is really good.
This album deserves every bit of 5 stars. Not only is kweli lyrically at his best but the production is hot. I feel like he did collaborations on all the appropiate songs and vice versa. He manages to spit political, concerned, cocky, etc. but always stays honest. This is one of the top 4 rap albums of the year. So you better get wit' it or stand to the side.