Talib Kweli: RADIO SILENCE

Talib Kweli: RADIO SILENCE
We have nothing to lose but our chains
Now you say that - so loud them - outside hear you
It is our duty to fight for our freedom
It is our duty to win
We must love and support each other
We have nothing to lose
We have nothing to lose
We have nothing to lose but our chains
-Assata Shakur//All of Us Intro

 

Talib Kweli has dropped an album and I was completely shocked. I love Talib Kweli, but I'm an old school head so my favorite albums include Quality, The Beautiful Struggle, his duos with Mos Def as “Black Star” and Hi-Tek as “Reflection Eternal”. I haven't been on a lot of his recent work but over Thanksgiving weekend my brother was listening to his album non-stop and put me on Radio Silence.   

Radio Silence brought out a lot of nostalgia. This album is so powerful like many of Kweli's work. He is never shy about speaking out about equality, equity and overall injustices throughout society. Since the beginning, Kweli has been a pioneer for being a strong Black voice. The sounds are new yet familiar. There is something about this album that just take you back to a simpler time. A time when Chappelle’s Show was still running, Kanye wasn't a complete dick yet and our president wasn't that bad. (I never thought I would say that about Bush)  

The features are incredible, with a wonderful balance of diverse artist including, Anderson.Pak, BJ the Chicago kid, Waka Flocka Flame, Myka 9, Yummy Bingham and so much more talented artists.  My favorite songs include, Magic Hour,  a song about Kweli being proud of who he is and making people aware of every day struggles within the Black community. All of Us, a beautiful song that's dedicated to all the Black folk who feel disposable, " for the people who have been neglected, rejected, disrespected and unprotected." ChipsI enjoy this one because I was surprised to see Waka on a Talib track period, but he made this a fun trap song that blends well within the album. Waka is proving that he can hang with the top dawgs. On The one I love, I was so happy to see the BJ the Chicago kid was doing a song with Kweli, especially since BJ has a lot of like minded similarities in music. To hear them both, doing a love song with R&B tones, sounding smooth as ever. You can add these with Love language and Can I talk to you Overall this album is straight up banging and is showing that Talib Kweli, still has it and he's still the voice we need in Hip Hop.