Prisoner Of Conscious(Explicit Version) CD (2013)

Artist: Talib Kweli

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SKU 248729799
UPC 810040020186
UPC 14 00810040020186
Format CD
Release Date 5/7/2013
Author Talib Kweli
Compilation Appearance Black On Both Sides (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Phrenology (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance VIRTUOSITY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Monkey Business
Compilation Appearance Dave Chapelle's Block Party / O.s.t. (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Afro Samurai (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Underground Kingz (Bonus Cd)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Underground Kingz (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Freedom Writers
Compilation Appearance Rising Down
Compilation Appearance Rising Down(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 20/20 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Stones Throw 101
Compilation Appearance Soul Survivor 2
Compilation Appearance Let Freedom Reign
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Compilation Appearance Black Belt Theatre(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dream Deferred(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Legends Never Die(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Extended Play(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Treble & Reverb (deluxe Edition)
Compilation Appearance 9th Wonder Presents:jamala Is The Squ
Compilation Appearance PTSD:POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance What Goes Around
Compilation Appearance Chemically Imbalanced
Compilation Appearance LUCKY 7(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ecstatic
Compilation Appearance Mouse & The Mask
Compilation Appearance Comin Back Hard
Associated Artist/Work Def, Mos
Technical Info
CatalogID BSMTK 027
Lable Name Javotti Media
Released 04/22/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00810040020186
Musical Guests
Melanie Fiona
Glenn Reynolds
Kendrick Lamar
Glen Reynolds
Busta Rhymes
Abby Dobson
Seu Jorge
Marsha Ambrosius
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: 2 Ton Sound, New York, NY; Area 51, New York, NY; Atlatnic Sound Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Converse Rubber Tracks; Druglab Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Hyde St. Studios, San Fancisco, CA; Liquid Soul Lab, Dallas, TX; Pacifique Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Phase 4 Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Platinum Sound studios, New York, NY; Rough Magic Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Talib Kweli Home Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Transmit Music, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Photographers: Dorothy Hong; Anna Sain.
If Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli really is a Prisoner of Conscious, as the title to his 2013 album suggests, then of course radio-aimed crossover numbers are the proper way to make a jailbreak, so bring on T-Pain and Weezy and start climbing those charts. Actually, T-Pain isn't here and the literate MC's collaboration with Lil Wayne remains stuck on Kweli's great Attack the Block mixtape, but this casual stroll into the mainstream does feature Nelly on the "Music is a part of me" song "Before He Walked" ("You download it for free, but what I create is sacred/It cost you nothing but I pay to make it") while Miguel shows up on "Come Here," one of the most artistic and art-filled hip-hop come-ons on wax ("She rock a fella center like Diego in the lobby/As valuable as The Scream or Salvador Dali"). Radio regulars Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar appear on the rather loose "Push Thru," but the most valuable guest stars are Seu Jorge for his work on the Brazilian-flavored "Favela Love" ("Pow! That's the sound like onomatopoeia/Got me floating when you rocking my boat like Aaliyah") and Busta Rhymes, who brings some gruff, comic relief to the wicked "Rocket Ships." Strange that the Busta-assisted swagger-fest clumsily stumbles out of the sensitive and effective "Delicate Flowers" ("She emo-bloggin', I'm boiling her hemoglobin"), plus the album's title takes on a different meaning when the closing "It Only Gets Better" suggests freedom fighters like Mumia and Pussy Riot are the true Prisoners of Conscious. Still, the off-topic and amazing "Hamster Wheel" ("How she gonna make it through the night? /How she so accepting of her station in life?" offered with an Al Green-sized helping of hurt) is here, and when that's added to all the other highlights, the album is well above worthwhile, as scattershot and frustrating as it is. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
CMJ - "[H]is lyrical ability and dexterity still shine through....The project is clearly an attempt by Kweli to move into a more personal, idiosyncratic mode of storytelling..."
Billboard (p.35) - "PRISONER OF CONSCIOUS is the perfect storm of mainstream tunes dipped in social commentary."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Human Mic
3 Turnt Up
4 Come Here
5 High Life
6 Ready Set Go
7 Hold It Now
8 Push Thru
9 Hamster Wheel
10 Delicate Flowers
11 Rocketships
12 Before He Walked
13 Upper Echelon
14 Favela Love
15 Only Gets Better
Product Attributes
Artist Talib Kweli
Music Format Compact Disc

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