Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: Talib Kweli

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 61706810
UPC 602498637050
UPC 14 00602498637050
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/2004
Author Talib Kweli
Associated Artist/Work Def, Mos
Associated Artist/Work DJ EFX
Associated Artist/Work Hi-Tek
Associated Artist/Work High & Mighty
Associated Artist/Work Madlib
Associated Artist/Work Mos Def
Associated Artist/Work Union
Technical Info
Engineer David Brown; Brian Garten
Producer Todd Mason; Just Blaze; Kanye West; Supa Dave West; Dirty Swift; Bruce Waynne; Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson; Charlemagne; Hi-Tek
CatalogID 000340702
Lable Name Rawkus Records
Released 09/28/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498637050
Musical Guests
Faith Evans
Mary J. Blige
John Legend
Anthony Hamilton
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Talib Kweli (vocals); RES (vocals, rap vocals); Mark Batson (vocals, piano, keyboards); Jamia Simone Nash, Dion, Tiffany Mynon, Yummy Bingham, Dave Young Orchestra, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Alex Thomas (vocals); Common (rap vocals); E Bass (keyboards); Faith Evans (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Phil Tan; Steve Baughman; Axel Niehaus; Bob Power.
Recording information: Baseline Recording Studios, New York, NY; Chalace Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Hovercraft Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Tek Lab, Cincinnati, OH; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ken Schles.
Talib Kweli, as with the finest artists, is possessed by a love of his medium--in this case, rap and its history. Applying his thoughtful words to music, Kweli revels in hip-hop, and his adoration of the genre is clear in all his work. Each of Kweli's records, whether alone or with Mos Def (as part of Black Star) or Hi-Tek, incorporates hints of melodies past, lines plucked from the performers who preceded him, as well as deeply studied lyrics created by his own fertile mind.
So it is with Kweli's third solo outing, THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE, which alludes to the history of many forms of music while the rapper muses eloquently about revolutions and poverty and their relation to war and shattered dreams. Kweli tells an intricate story of struggling, succeeding, and failing on "Broken Glass," and jumps around from one frustration to the next on the ultimately inspirational title track. On the latter, he notes that people dub him a political rapper, when he doesn't even follow politics; rather, he looks to the icons of hip-hop from Ice Cube to De La Soul. Kweli may not aim to be a politically minded hip-hopper, but as an astute observer of life, he can't help but be aware and comment on what he sees. On BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE its clear that he raps because he lives, and he does it brilliantly.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.112) - "[The] poignant 'Broken Glass' riffs off Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's conscious-rap landmark 'The Message' with outstanding, bell-rocking Neptunes production." - Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[The album] affirms his reputation as hip-hop's conscience."
Vibe (p.185) - 3 1/2 discs out of 5 - "[A] continuation of QUALITY's attempt to expand rap's topical terrain....Kweli delivers a heart to the tin shell of 21st-century hip hop."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[I]t is Kweli's diligently intelligent worldview, dextrous wordplay and often breathtaking flow that enrapture."
Disc 1
1 Going Hard
2 Back Up Offa Me
3 Broken Glass
4 We Know
5 Game, A
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
Product Attributes
Artist Kweli,Talib
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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