Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon
Artist: Talib Kweli"Ear Drum" seemed poised to be the cure for everything that ailed rap in 2007, but despite cracking many Best of 2007 lists the album has only sold 200K copies to date. Perhaps the Just Blaze piano laced "Hostile Gospel Pt. 1" will be the breakout single that takes Talib's album to gold. Talib gets spiritual and philosophical on the rap but I don't think the song is "too smart for TV" in any way. You be the judge: ""The industry inside us is vipers with fangs trying to bite us/Drug suppliers is the health care providers/We cakin, makin narcotics outta household products/We ain't workin out 'til we exorcise the demons that's inside us." Deep, but not inaccessible. I'm singing along with the choir on this one Kweli - deliver us from mainstream hip-hop mediocrity.
Title: Hostile Gospel Pt. 1
Label: Blacksmith/Warner Bros. Records
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