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Format: CD
Sku: 248729799
UPC: 810040020186
UPC 14: 00810040020186
Release Date: 5/7/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro
2. Human Mic
3. Turnt Up
4. Come Here
5. High Life ~ (featuring Bajah/Rubix)
6. Ready Set Go ~ (featuring Melanie Fiona)
7. Hold It Now
8. Push Thru ~ (featuring Glenn Reynolds/Kendrick Lamar/Glen Reynolds)
9. Hamster Wheel
10. Delicate Flowers
11. Rocketships ~ (featuring Busta Rhymes)
12. Before He Walked ~ (featuring Abby Dobson/Nelly)
13. Upper Echelon
14. Favela Love
15. Only Gets Better ~ (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Dorothy Hong; Anna Sain.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Miguel
Muze Guest Artist Bajah
Muze Guest Artist Rubix
Muze Guest Artist Melanie Fiona
Muze Guest Artist Curren$y
Muze Guest Artist Glenn Reynolds
Muze Guest Artist Kendrick Lamar
Muze Guest Artist Glen Reynolds
Muze Guest Artist Busta Rhymes
Muze Guest Artist Abby Dobson
Muze Guest Artist Nelly
Muze Guest Artist Seu Jorge
Muze Guest Artist Marsha Ambrosius

Compilation Appearances

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

Associated Artists and Works

Def, Mos
High & Mighty
Mos Def

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/22/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : BSMTK 027
Music Label Name Label : Javotti Media
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00810040020186

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Talib Kweli
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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