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Nas Rocks the Bellsnew

The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  09-12-2011  |  Music

Talib Kweli is the One Remaining Black Starnew

Save for featuring Justin Timberlake on his last release, Kweli never compromised his craft to rise above the underground, and yet he became one of hip-hop's elite few bling-free mainstream rappers.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  10-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Eardrum' is Another Well-written Album by the Cognizant MCnew

Talib Kweli has risen to the top as one of the most respected, erudite, and charismatic lyricists to ever emerge from the underground hip-hop scene into the mainstream.
Metro Spirit  |  Frazia Lee  |  09-18-2007  |  Reviews

Conscious Rap Roster Should Drop Taleb Kwelinew

Eardrum is a heaping mess, neither smart nor groundbreaking, and loaded with clich├ęs.
Dallas Observer  |  Ben Westhoff  |  09-10-2007  |  Reviews

Talib Kweli's Best Album Since 'Reflection Eternal'new

Now that Ear Drum is out, Quality and The Beautiful Struggle can be contextualized as signposts along Kweli's awkward road from respected MC to total artist.
NOW Magazine  |  Jason Richards  |  08-31-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

Declaration of Independencenew

Def Jux reasserts its status as this decade's most artistically vital and commercially viable independent hip-hop label.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Sam Chennault  |  12-20-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

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