“If skills sold, truth be told, I’d lyrically be Talib Kweli…” ~Jay-Z Moment of Clarity
I told y’all after I posted that Gucci Mane blog post that I would have to redeem myself and do a post on some real music. Well for the past 3 days I’ve been listening to Reflection Eternal‘s Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) album non stop. I’ve always been the type of hip hop fan who listens to lyrics above all else. All that other stuff in my opinion is just filler. This is why I really believe true lyricism is dying off but that’s another blog post. Talib Kweli has been a consistent, under rated force in the hip hop game. If you don’t respect his skills on the mic then you really don’t know music.
After hearing that track I was interested in what the rest of the album might bring. The album presents dope thoughtful lyrics laced upon mellow beats. It covers a broad, diverse range of topics. One track speaks on the evils of the oil trade and how it is destroying the world (my favorite track) to how the hip hop game is dead to a track uplifting women (instead of degrading them). Overall I give the album an A and so far I think it’s the best rap/hip-hop album of year. In my opinion, this year so far has only brought disappointment as far as hip hop is concerned. I honestly think this album will be better than Kanye West: Good Ass Job, T.I.: King Uncaged, Eminem: Recovery, and most definitely Drake: Thank Me Later. The only album I hope that this doesn’t outshine is Lupe Fiasco: Lasers.