Posted by Dave
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9/4/2007 12:33:16 PM
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Blacksmith Music/Warner Bros. Records artist Talib Kweli has just scored his highest debut ever-- #2 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with his sixth album, EARDRUM, which arrived in stores nationwide on August 21st. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart and #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts.
Kweli’s new video for single “Hot Thing” is causing a stir among television outlets for its creative and innovative video concept. “Hot Thing” made its video world premiere on BET’s Rap City on August 16th and appeared as a New Joint on BET’s 106th & Park on August 22nd. “Hot Thing” is also in rotation on MTV2’s Sucker Free Countdown, MTV Jams, VH1 Soul, and FUSE among others.
With his career defining album, EARDRUM, The Brooklyn MC mixes hard hitting beats with inventive rhymes that serve to not only entertain, but also to educate. From start to finish EARDRUM delivers career-defining work from Kweli that showcases his advanced lyricism and knack for picking beats that resonate long after the song ends. EARDRUM shows Kweli’s versatility ranging from “Hot Thing” produced by and featuring will.i.am to the alluring strings of “Soon the New Day” featuring the sultry vocals of Grammy Award winning jazz artist, Norah Jones to the brassy horns of “Country Cousins” which feature the underground kings of the south, UGK. Other guests on the album include: Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, KRS-ONE, Musiq Soulchild, and Blacksmith artists Jean Grae and Strong Arm Steady.
Critics are already beating to the sound of Talib Kweli’s EARDRUM:
“Kweli is one of hip-hops finest lyricists and most socially conscious rappers.”
“Talib Kweli is one of only a few rappers pushing an ambitious formula [with contemplative rhymes set to radio-friendly music].” Wall Street Journal
“Kweli delivers his most accessible CD yet- his raspy cadence playing off vintage –soul samples and explosive horns, and trembling bass lines.” Entertainment Weekly
“EAR DRUM is Talib’s most socially cohesive endeavor to date featuring notable tracks including the bluesy “Country Cousins” featuring UGK and the Just Blaze track “Hostile Gospel.” XXL
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