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Ear Drum [PA]

  • 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 Mood
    9. Soon the New Day
    10. Give 'Em Hell
    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)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 277244

  • Credits
    ProducerPete Rock; Will.I.Am; Nick Speed; Madlib; Eric Krasno; Just Blaze

    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,, 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.

  • Critic 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."
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