Talib Kweli is one of the hottest MCs out today, but he doesn't sing about cars or jewelery or guns. Talib is one of the most highly regarded writers in the game, with lyrics that will make you think about the world and about yourself.
Eardrum is the most recent album by Talib Kweli, and he has delivered. Packed with 20 tracks, none sound alike.
The album begins with the track "Everything Man, " starting off with people telling anecdotes of when they first started listening to Kweli. This song was a standout for me. This was the first song I had ever heard by the rapper, and I knew I would be in for a ride. He discusses his role as a 'conscious' rapper, and he can't rap for everyone at the same time.
The album continues with songs dealing with political issues (Hostile Gospile, Pt 1), religious violence (Give'em Hell), and poverty (Eat to Live). These are only a few among the many topics Talib writes about.
My 5 favorite tracks, in no particular order:
Hostile Gospel, Part 1
NY Weather Report
The Perfect Beat.
I highly recommend this album. I was not a big hip hop fan until I discovered Talib Kweli. Since then, I have discovered plenty more "real" hip hop artists.