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Reflection Eternal, The RE:Union [REVIEW]

Reflection Eternal
The RE:Union

Beats: XL
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Though Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek have released just one album, Train of Thought, since forming the hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal in the late ’90s, their catalogue is surprisingly thorough. As they prepare to release their long-awaited sophomore project, Revolutions Per Minute, this year, their new mixtape, The RE:Union, proves that point even further by providing an excellent collection of new tracks, unreleased gems, classic collaborations and even a few solo joints from the pair.

The payoff comes quick as Reflection Eternal kick things off with their freshest material. From the posse cut “Just Begun,” featuring Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def, to the quick-paced “Revolutions Per Minute,” The RE:Union features a blend of Kweli’s nimble lyrics and Tek’s soulful production—the same winning formula they used back in 2000. It’s best displayed on the single-worthy “Back Again,” where Kweli points out, “That’s right, we back again/You can like rap again.”

However, the majority of this reunion is spent reminiscing on the past. From their memorable jumpoff single, “Fortified Live,” to the stellar singles from their debut album, like “Move Something” and “The Blast (Remix),” the second half of the mixtape is basically a refresher course on Reflection Eternal. Even Kweli’s Kanye West-produced “Good To You” from his 2002 album, Quality, and Tek’s “Music For Life” from his 2006 album, Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip, get nods. Still, even with just a few new tracks sprinkled into The RE:Union, Reflection Eternal is finally reunited—and it feels so good. —Chris Yuscavage

  • yoprince

    ahh yess.. dopeness

    heard ‘just begun’ the other day.. j. cole spazzed.

  • bigjon

    Jay Elec killed that too, hip hop still lives

  • AZ40

    I’m tempted to get this but already have most of they old stuff

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    *shots fired by bow wow at XXL* lol

  • BOW WOW

    BULLSHIT!!

  • Hussle’s Way

    FUCK BOW WOW & HIS BULLSHIT MIXTAPE!!! WHILE WE AT IT : FUCK CASHMONEY/YOUNGMONEY

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Go get it! Regardless if you have the oldies!

    If that’s the real Bow Wow…N*gga you lucky you ain’t catch a case with that dry-snitching tweetin’ bullsh*t…Fall back homie & let these dudes shine.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    That’s not the “real” Bow Wow. That dude would have a link to Twitter.

    Anywho, anybody remember the first group Hi-Tek produced, Doom, out of Cincinnati?

    Just asking. I still have that CD.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

      I mean ‘Mood’.

  • http://xxlmag.com Ben

    I am a fan of both.

  • http://xxlmag.com yunggee

    dis shit hard especially dat track wit termanology n royce da 5 9.

  • beatwild

    wish we had mo niggaz lyk dat in the game

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