Talib Kweli: “Cold Rain”

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Talib Kweli dropped the first single from his upcoming album today, “Cold Rain,” produced by Ski Beatz. The album Gutter Rainbows will be out on January 25th – check out the interview with XXL where Talib talks about the nature of this new album, and the changing artist relations with record labels, including his own imprint Blacksmith. Judging from this track, even just the dreary, poetic titles, this new album is set to be a lyrical achievement for Talib and rap in general. And production must be kwuality: Ski Beatz is joined by Hi Tek, M-Phazes, E. Jones and Symbolyc One. *A hundred points to whoever tells us what the original piano sample is in the comments.

Talib Kweli & Hi Tek are Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute In Stores Now

Ten years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek release their follow-up venture, Revolutions Per Minute. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of 2010.

Exclusive produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”). This kind of entertainment with real world application manifests itself on the album’s first single “In This World.” Accompanied by Hi-Tek’s pulsating bass and a gripping soul sample, Kweli contemplates success and the infinite obstacles that prove burdensome to its maturation with a resounding co-sign from Jay-Z.

Reflection Eternal – “In This World”
 

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Reflection Eternal featuring Estelle: “Midnight Hour” Video

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Check out the video for “Midnight Hour ft. Estelle” the latest from Reflection Eternal‘s album Revolutions Per Minute, due out May 18th.

Reflection Eternal is Really Back

After so many teasers, Reflection Eternal, the duo of Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, is really back on the scene; they’ve now premiered their second video, “Strangers ft. Bun B.”  Thanks to Okayplayer for the video, and check the previous video, “In This World,” here.  Look out for the upcoming full length, Revolutions Per Minute … soon.

Reflection Eternal Video Teaser: “In This World”

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Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek, AKA Reflection Eternal, have teased us for years now with the promise of a follow-up to their classic album Train of Thought. Finally, things seem to be coming together, so we are eagerly anticipating new music any day now. If “In this World” is any indication, it will be worth the wait.