Pitchfork gave it a 6, which is all you need to know. What do I mean by that? I mean, this is a great activist rap album. Oh, and check out Talib’s own response to Pitchfuck’s review here. Brilliant.
If all it did was introduce me to Rapsody, I’d be grateful. She’s amazing. And there are several songs on this album that are actually feminist rap songs. That’s something you don’t hear too often.
But it’s also got some guys you’ve heard of (Slug, Brother Ali, Planet Asia) and a bunch you might not have heard yet but will be happy you did, like NIKO IS, Problem, Bad Lucc, and K’Valentine.
Talib doesn’t need guests. He’s smart and agile enough to carry an album alone. But he’s generous with the mic. And 9th Wonder hasn’t sounded this good since his days with Little Brother.
Sadly, no streams. You’ll have to take my word for it: This is a must buy.