Eardrum CD (2007)

Artist: Talib Kweli

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 204969875
UPC 093624993278
UPC 14 00093624993278
Format CD
Release Date 8/21/2007
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
Producer Pete Rock; DJ Khalil; Kanye West; Madlib; Hi-Tek; Nick Speed; Eric Krasno; Justin Timberlake; Just Blaze; Kwame; Will.I.Am
CatalogID 277308
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 08/21/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624993278
Album Notes and Credits
Steadily putting in work since the late 1990s, Talib Kweli first came to prominence as one half of both Black Star and Reflection Eternal, and earned a reputation as one of the most articulate lyricists in hip-hop. Four years after his acclaimed second solo LP, THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE, Brooklyn's finest returns with the highly anticipated EARDRUM on his own label, Blacksmith Records. Calling on a formidable lineup of producers (including Pete Rock, Madlib, Just Blaze, will.i.am, A Kid Called Roots, Nick Speed, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and longtime collaborator DJ Hi-Tek) to provide the beatscapes, Kweli delivers a lyrical windstorm that goes from cultural criticism and pointed social protest to love letters to his kids, wistful memories of mid-'90s New York, and examinations of religious divisiveness. Featuring an impressive guest list of heavyweights such as Roy Ayers, UGK, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Norah Jones, Lyfe Jennings, Dion, Musiq (Soulchild), Justin Timberlake, and KRS-One, EARDRUM is proof positive that hip-hop has a lot more to offer than product placement, materialism, and misogyny.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Talib Kweli earns the respect he gets. He's got plenty of brains and enough flow...he's balanced the two with integrity and grace."
Entertainment Weekly (p.133) - "It's a groovy jam session with thinky lyrics about decadence and empowerment." -- Grade: A
Uncut (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Madlib, Pete Rock and Kanye West turn in some of their best recent work....[Kweli] sounds nimble and at ease..."
CMJ (p.42) - "[The album covers] a range of lyrical topics and underground hip-hop styles with great success."
Disc 1
1 Everything Man
2 NY Weather Report
3 Hostile Gospel Pt. 1 (Deliver Us)
4 Say Something
5 Country Cousins
6 Holy Moly
7 Eat To Live
8 In the Woods
9 Soon the New Day
10 Give'em Hell - (with Lyfe Jennings/Coi Mattison)
11 More or Less
12 Stay Around
13 Hot Thing
14 Space Fruit (Interlude)
15 Perfect Beat, The
16 Oh My Stars
17 Listen!!!
18 Go With Us - (Bonus Track)
19 Hostile Gospel Pt. 2 (Deliver Me) - (Bonus Track)
20 Nature, The - (Bonus Track)
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