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Format: CD
Sku: 61706810
UPC: 602498637050
UPC 14: 00602498637050
Release Date: 9/28/2004
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Song Listing

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

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Phil Tan; Steve Baughman; Axel Niehaus; Bob Power.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographer: Ken Schles.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Todd Mason; Just Blaze; Kanye West; Supa Dave West; Dirty Swift; Bruce Waynne; Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson; Charlemagne; Hi-Tek

Engineer: David Brown; Brian Garten

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Faith Evans
Muze Guest Artist Common
Muze Guest Artist Mary J. Blige
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist Res
Muze Guest Artist Anthony Hamilton

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Black On Both Sides (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Phrenology (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Monkey Business
Muze Music Compilations Stones Throw 101
Muze Music Compilations Soul Survivor 2
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down
Muze Music Compilations Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Operation Take Hip Hop Back
Muze Music Compilations Operation Take Hip Hop Back
Muze Music Compilations Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Black Belt Theatre(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Legends Never Die(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Extended Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Treble & Reverb (deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Comin Back Hard
Muze Music Compilations 9th Wonder Presents:jamala Is The Squ
Muze Music Compilations PTSD:POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations What Goes Around
Muze Music Compilations Chemically Imbalanced
Muze Music Compilations LUCKY 7(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wonder Years
Muze Music Compilations Wonder Years
Muze Music Compilations Afro Samurai (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Freedom Writers
Muze Music Compilations Underground Kingz (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Underground Kingz (Bonus Cd)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 20/20 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Let Freedom Reign
Muze Music Compilations Ecstatic

Associated Artists and Works

Def, Mos
Black Star [PA] ~ Def, Mos
Reflection Eternal [PA] ~ Hi-Tek
High & Mighty
Mos Def

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/28/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 000340702
Music Label Name Label : Rawkus Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498637050

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)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[I]t is Kweli's diligently intelligent worldview, dextrous wordplay and often breathtaking flow that enrapture."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Kweli,Talib
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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