Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Talib Kweli & Z-Trip Present: "Attack The Block," mixtape (Sharp Cheddar Review)

Talib Kweli's latest mixtape, Attack The Block is a loose [street] album that's loosely based around a British Sci-Fi Thriller of the same name (2011). Kweli does his best to bridge that gap, effectively re-appropriating film dialog for his intro track, "Attack The Block!!!" Talib Kweli has always been a fairly active, politically-conscious rapper ever since he first burst onto the scene with Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998). Surprisingly, Attack The Block was actually released a few weeks earlier than expected... on Sept. 3rd, Labor Day Weekend instead of Sept. 18th. Co-presented along with DJ Z-Trip, the mixtape really is a generous offering - 18 tracks deep, 6 solo Kweli raps.

It looks like Talib Kweli has managed to rope in some serious favors and scored guest verses from Black Thought, Skyzoo, Das Racist, Lil' Wayne, Killer Mike, Posdnuos (De La Soul), Ryan Leslie, Mac Miller, and Ab-Soul ... In addition to production work from Oh No, S1, 9th Wonder, Don Cannon, Boi-1da, and many more! Talib Kweli has somehow always managed to comfortably teeter the fine line between backpack-wielding Indie Rapper and champagne-popping Rap Super-Star. Right now, he's currently prepping a "reunion mixtape" with Mos Def Yasiin Bey dubbed Black Star Aretha, a long-awaited solo album called Prisoner of Conscious, and supposedly [Mad]Liberation #2. I'd almost assume that those 3 separate Talib Kweli projects'll be released in that very order, my friends!

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