Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek sketch their lives as artists and young men. There's confidence and deep appreciation flowing through Reflection Eternal. Kweli reminisces about living in Flatbush, house parties, writing rhymes on napkins, watching his son put his first sentences together, and family strife. It works again when Kweli focuses on his chosen profession on "Good Mourning" and "Too Late," as hip-hop becomes a metaphor for life. They praise passion on "Love Language," "Touch You" and "For Women." A survivalist mentality emerges in "Down for the Count" and "Some Kind of Wonderful." Such sentiment is backed up by between-song shouts from Nelson Mandela, Lennox Lewis, Gil Scott Heron, and Rick James. Survivors all.