New Music: Common and Talib Kweli

Over the weekend I picked up two new albums: Common’s Finding Forever and and Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum. Finding Forever feels like a lot of the same stuff I loved from Be, and overall it continues to hold strong on Common’s delivery plus Kanye West’s beats. There’s a lot of sampling going on that flows together well, much like some old Jurassic 5. This album is the one I’ve got on repeat in the car.

The Talib album disappoints though. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten in to any Talib albums ever since Quality. The Beautiful Struggle had some great tracks on it (Black Girl Pain stands out), but Ear Drum seems to be in the same vein. I love the track with Jean Grae, but I still compare all of his work to Quality and Black Star, which is why I think I’ll probably never be impressed with what comes next.

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