Released: 25th November 2002.
You know him best for his partnership with Mos Def on Black Star and DJ/Producer Hi-Tek on "Reflection Eternal" but now the real test for Talib Kweli is can he deliver the goods on his first solo effort?
After the horns-laced beat of "Rush" that features an short cameo from Xzibit we get the Kayne-West produced "Get By", which has a soulful piano and trumpet beat, it delivers a strong message as we all should get out and live life to it's fullest. "Megahertz" delivers a tight beat and if you listen closely you'll notice that Kweli isn't endorsing gunplay at all.
Kweli's reunites with Mos Def on "Joy" where he dedicates this track to his children. Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch come aboard for the creepy and hardcore "Guerrilla Monsoon Rap" where Kanye West spits the hook (you heard right, he can rhyme as well), it also makes for a good collaboration.
Some of us are familiar with the DJ Quik produced "Put It In The Air" from the lacklustre "Soundbombing 3", because of the beat's west-coast influence it'll make some people turn the other way. The vibe goes back to normal with " The Proud" as Kweli spits some of the illest verses about the real-life events that's going on in the world today.
Kanye West brings more heat on "Good To You", the track flows nicely with an Al Green sample. The album ends on a good note with "Won't You Stay" as it's 100% laid back, you'll immediately fall in love with this track.
Say what you want but if you ask me which album is a shoe-in as a certified hip-hop classic it would have to be "Quality".