Talib Kweli dropped some more gems from Gutter Rainbows, his new album in stores tomorrow. He released a video for his first single “Cold Rain,” looking fresh off the set of The Book of Eli, plus a new track produced by Oh No featuring Blacksmith labelmate Jean Grae. With production from Ski-Beatz, Hi Tek, M-Phazes, E. Jones and Symbolyc One, and Talib’s ruthless hustle, Gutter Rainbows is looking to be one of the best hip-hop albums of 2011.
While we plan to keep our ears open for the exciting new projects of 2011, there’s some acts we’ve already declared winners. Here’s a short list gathered from various staff members:
+ Anything Janelle Monáe related
+ the sophomore album from Adele, 21, including “Rolling in the Deep” and studio footage
+ Plan B US debut of live show and The Defamation of Strickland Banks
+ New Nneka
+ Jessie J - Who You Are and everything she does on YouTube
+ Nikki & Rich to finally release Everything
+ Estelle to release All of Me
+ Jean Grae – Cake or Death from Blacksmith Records
+ Jack Splash – to show us the Future Of The Funk
+ Wilder Zoby‘s solo EP (snippet)
+ Little Shalimar album
+ Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
+ more Kinky Notti videos like this, plus a full-length album
+ Cubik Zirconia album
+ whatever Georgia Anne Muldrow does with Some Otha Ship Connect
+ Alice Russell & Quantic on Tru-Thoughts
+ wild new dance moves from Rye Rye and her album Go! Pop! Bang!
+ The Avalanches’ 2nd album (plus all the promo mixtapes they’re going to (re)release)
+ Induce full-length & remixes
+ Ellie Goulding to finally release Lights and more remixes
+ the solo return of Marsha Ambrosious, Late Nights & Early Mornings
+ the self-titled debut of Hope
+ Jamiroquai to return to the US, possibly by helicopter
+ Laura Izibor
+ more solo work from Q-Tip and definitely more on the film
+ the next installment from Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
+ Lykki Li
+ Talib Kweli
+ Lupe Fiasco obviously
+ for Shawn Lee to open the gates to his World of Funk
+ another heater from Eric Roberson as a follow-up his Grammy-nomination
+ for Mocean Worker to keep us in motion with his next album
+ the debut LP from Dego, the acclaimed Silhouette Brown producer
+ for Ancient Astronauts to embark on a journey Into Bass and Time
+ more from Coco / I Blame Coco with The Constant
+ new album from Toro y Moi
+ and Crookers new album
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Check out the latest video from Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) from their Spring 2010 album Revolutions Per Minute. “In the Red” describes our musical celebrity culture, citing dozens of examples with several layers of meaning. Let it bump, we do love it in the Red.
After Sierra Leonean trio, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, gained massive popularity in their home country, they’re now ready to take on the world. Their unique sound is called Gbomognoh, pronounced bo-mo-no if you didn’t know, and is a fusion of funk, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae and Sierra Leonean sounds. Their brand new song, “Any Girl”, is from their self-titled debut album which is due out in Spring 2011 via One Haven Music. Incredible talent contributed to their album including ?uestlove, Talib Kweli, Nneka and others. The group also speaks out against political and social injustices through their lyrics and supports programs such as The Voice Project, which helps out war-ravaged communities throughout Africa.
Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew- Any Girl
Download MP3 at RcrdLbl.com.
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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.