The Struggle is Beautiful
Many artists claim to have a message in their music. But few deliver like Brooklynâ€šÃ„Ã´s Talib Kweli. His new album, The Beautiful Struggle, is another mentally heavy release, continuing on where Quality left off.In Talibâ€šÃ„Ã´s signature style, the beats are subtle, fresh, and original. His fusion of jazz, hip-hop and old school mesh into a progressive album that is timeless. Even though the track â€šÃ„ÃºI Tryâ€šÃ„Ã¹ sounds as if the beat was more or less ripped from â€šÃ„ÃºGet Byâ€šÃ„Ã¹ off of Quality, he changes it up enough to keep it fresh and original. The Police influenced â€šÃ„ÃºAround My Way,â€šÃ„Ã¹ with vocal work from John Legend, is a beautiful track that slows down the album some from itâ€šÃ„Ã´s usual chaotic feel.
Talib Kweli understands that his music is more than just that; itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a message. Much like Public Enemy, Kweli included the lyrics on the CD insert, showing how important his lyrical content is to him, as well as that his listeners get a chance to understand every word. And, just like everything with his name on it, Kweliâ€šÃ„Ã´s message is always black-positive and heavy, rapping about difficult issues without candy-coating them, dealing more with how the radio wonâ€šÃ„Ã´t play him and the situation with Kobe Bryant than with how much money he makes or what kind of ride he has.
Although he doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t have many, Kweliâ€šÃ„Ã´s guest stars are a welcomed addition. The smooth flavor of Common, Mary J. Blige, Res, and Faith Evans all make their mark, making Kweli sound that much stronger and versatile. Once again, we have a strong album from Talib Kweli, and for this struggle, we are thankful.