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Blasting right out of the BK, Talib Kweli goes loud on his 8th solo LP, bringing that timeless, high velocity flow over a succession of brassy and bassy golden age grooves. As you'd expect Kweli reflects on social issues such as gentrification, racism and capitalism, setting his stall out from the get go with the vocal fire of opener "The Magic Hour". Over strings and soulful voices that would sound welcome on any of his classic Rawkus Records albums, the MC goes in for a solid two minutes and change. There's no hook and he doesn't pause to let that beat ride for a bit; it's just business as usual for Talib.
Kaytra hooks up a fire brass beat for "Travelling Light", locking a perfect groove for Talib and Anderson .Paak to do their thing, before album standout "All Of Us" sees Talib teaming up with singer Yummy Bingham and the ever-elusive rapper Jay Electronica to pen an anthem in honour of the Black men and women disrespected by society and especially police.
"Radio Silence" does have more variety than just politically-conscious boom bap. "The One I Love" with BJ The Chicago Kid is a straight-up love song that goes into more R&B territory without sacrificing Talib's bars; "Chips" shifts into a more trap style with frantic horns on the beat to complement Waka Flocka Flame and "Write at Home" features a more spoken word style over Robert Glasper's keys and Bilal's crooning.
Elsewhere Amber Coffman, Myka 9 and Rick Ross round out a diverse set of guest stars, all united by Kweli's conscious style. Definitely the MC's best work in a decade.