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Talib Kweli
Ear Drum

Throughout his nearly decade-long career, Talib Kweli has been dogged by suggestions of what he should change about his music. If he would just “tweak” this or “alter” that, then the perennial underdog could become a bona fide star. After three lyrically intense albums with political undertones, however, the Brooklyn MC sticks to his guns with Ear Drum, the first release from his freshly minted Blacksmith label. Kweli knows his shortcomings, but like a rebellious child, he does what he wants to anyway. The stubborn lyricist acknowledges this fact on the easygoing “Electrify,” where he outlines his own flaws (“You should ...

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