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"
The fourth podcast in the SVEDKA Vodka Future Music Series has arrived, hosted by London based DJ, Benji B. As always this podcast features the latest in newly released and un-released music from around the world featuring artists such as Jay Electronica, Driis a.k.a Idris Alba, Soul Litchfield and many more.
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Born and raised in The Third Ward of New Orleans, Jay Electronica gives Mochilla/VTech a solemn tour of his old neighborhood before a live performance of his breakout track, "Exhibit A."
Did you know the new Gil Scott-Heron record I'm New Here has a some special vinyl-only tracks? Gilles knows. Other gems in this week's edition of GPWW include the original sample for Jay Electronica's "Exhibit C," a reggae version of the great Bob James' "Nautilus," Erykah Badu's new track "Window Seat," new music from Blundeto, Darkstar, Gideon Van Gelder and more.
This week Gilles also features a mix by Kalabrese out of Zurich, Switzerland.
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