18 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The much-loved Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli rose to prominence during the indie-rap boom of the late '90s, releasing classic albums like Black Star with Mos Def and Train of Thought with DJ Hi-Tek. Since then, he's put out reliably dope solo records, including Quality, The Beautiful Struggle, Eardrum, and Gutter Rainbows. Though he never cracked superstar status, he has a fiercely loyal global fanbase and is an undisputed master lyricist; Jay-Z famously shouted him out on "Moment of Clarity" back in 2003. Prisoner of Conscious is arguably his best work in years, loaded with unimpeachable storytelling and diverse production from RZA, Oh No, J. Cole, and Boi-1Da, among others. "Come Thru," "Hamster Wheel," "Favela Love," and "Before He Walked" (featuring Nelly!) are highlights. Another strong effort from one of hip-hop's most consistent voices.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The much-loved Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli rose to prominence during the indie-rap boom of the late '90s, releasing classic albums like Black Star with Mos Def and Train of Thought with DJ Hi-Tek. Since then, he's put out reliably dope solo records, including Quality, The Beautiful Struggle, Eardrum, and Gutter Rainbows. Though he never cracked superstar status, he has a fiercely loyal global fanbase and is an undisputed master lyricist; Jay-Z famously shouted him out on "Moment of Clarity" back in 2003. Prisoner of Conscious is arguably his best work in years, loaded with unimpeachable storytelling and diverse production from RZA, Oh No, J. Cole, and Boi-1Da, among others. "Come Thru," "Hamster Wheel," "Favela Love," and "Before He Walked" (featuring Nelly!) are highlights. Another strong effort from one of hip-hop's most consistent voices.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Kimberlee D ,

What REAL Hip Hop Sounds Like!

One of his best. I love every track on this album. Granted it's a little more maintream than his past works, but this is what hip hop is missing. Kudo to Kweli! Definitely one of the best emcees in the game!

Phil0sophy ,

good music

Truly a prisoner of conscious in a world where subpar rap reigns supreme.

Swag masta J ,

Underrated

kweli still makes quality music. he needs more promotion though. come here was my favorite track from this album

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