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  • Black On Both Sides (Awaiting Repress) Black On Both Sides (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Black On Both Sides (Awaiting Repress)

    Black on Both Sides is the debut album of American rapper Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, released October 12, 1999 on Rawkus Records. Prior to the album's recording, Mos Def had collaborated with rapper Talib Kweli for the duo's studio album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998), which raised high expectations for a solo effort. Black on Both Sides features an emphasis on live instrumentation and socially conscious lyrics.
    1. Fear Not of Man
    2. Hip Hop
    3. Love
    4. Ms. Fat Booty
    5. Speed Law
    6. Do It Now
    7. Got
    8. Umi Says
    9. New World Water
    10. Rock n Roll
    11. Know That
    12. Climb
    13. Brooklyn
    14. Habitat
    15. Mr. Nigga
    16. Mathematics
    17. May-December
    Mos Def
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    The Beautiful Struggle


    Universal Music Enterprises Continues Its "Respect The Classics" Tribute To Many Of Hip-hop's Finest With The Vinyl Reissue Of Rap Icon Talib Kweli's
    Historic Rawkus Records Catalog


    The Beautiful Struggle is the second solo album by American rapper Talib Kweli. The album was originally released in 2004, and features guest appearances by rappers such as Common and Jean Grae.


    The album featured production from Kanye West, The Neptunes, Supa Dave West, Just Blaze & Hi-Tek. The first single off the album, I Try featuring Mary J. Blige, was fairly popular as a music video, followed by the second single Never Been In Love.

    1. Going Hard
    2. Back Up Offa Me
    3. Broken Glass
    4. We Know
    5. A Game
    6. I Try
    7. Around My Way
    8. We Got The Beat
    9. Work It Out
    10. Ghetto Show
    11. Black Girl Pain
    12. Never Been In Love
    13. Beautiful Struggle
    Talib Kweli
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    Reflection Eternal


    Universal Music Enterprises Continues Its "Respect The Classics" Tribute To Many Of Hip-hop's Finest With The Vinyl Reissue Of Rap Icon Talib Kweli's
    Historic Rawkus Records Catalog


    After releasing a handful of essential 12s 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.


    - Matt Conaway (All Music Guide)

    1. Experience Dedication
    2. Move Somethin'
    3. Some Kind Of Wonderful
    4. The Blast
    5. This Means You
    6. Too Late
    7. Memories Live
    8. Africa Dream
    9. Down For The Count

    10. Name Of The Game

    11. Ghetto Afterlife
    12. On My Way
    13. Love Language
    14. Love Speakeasy

    15. Soul Rebels
    16. Eternalists
    17. Big Del From Da Natti

    18. Touch You
    19. Good Mourning
    20. Expansion Outro

    Talib Kweli
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  • Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Quick View

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    Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star


    Limited Edition Two-Tone Black On Black Picture Disc


    Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its "Respect the Classics" tribute to many of hip-hop's finest with the vinyl release of rap icon Talib Kweli's
    four historic Rawkus Records albums, including the underground classic, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, in a limited edition two-tone black on black
    picture disc.


    Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star was originally released on August 18, 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping
    company founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophies and life in Brooklyn. The two MCs had
    planned to release solo albums around the same time, but decided instead to collaborate on a full-length album. The first single, "Definition (song)," is a
    reaction to hip-hop's fascination with death, dedicated to both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., with a chorus that gives a nod to Boogie Down
    Productions' "Stop the Violence." "Children's Story" is a re-imagination of the Slick Rick original, featuring Mos Def cautioning against materialism. The
    second single, "Respiration," featuring Common, includes a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples Don Randi's "The Fox" and another from the hip-hop
    documentary Style Wars. The track offers a melancholy ode to city life, with references to organic life functions such as breathing, eating and sleeping,
    but with an ominous edge, as Kweli raps about "sitting on shitty steps/we stooped to new lows, hell froze/the night the city slept." The album peaked at
    No. 53 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Hip-Hop Albums chart, but has become considered a classic since then.

    1. Intro
    2. Astronomy (8th Light) [feat. Weldon Irvine]
    3. Definition
    4. Re:Definition
    5. Children's Story
    6. Brown Skin Lady
    7. B Boys Will B Boys
    8. K.O.S. (Determination) [feat. Vinia Mojica]
    9. Hater Players [feat. Apani Emcee]
    10. Yo Yeah
    11. Respiration [feat. Common]
    12. Thieves In The Night
    13. Twice Inna Lifetime [feat. Punch]
    Black Star
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