Thursday, July 20, 2017

Talib Kweli x Styles P - "The Seven" [ALBUM REVIEW] By @iHoodscholar

The latest EP "The Seven" from 2 of hip hop's upper echelon Talib Kweli and Styles P showcases some of the dopest raw conscious bars I've heard in a while. Both lyrical savages in their own right and their styles mix flawlessly together while ripping up this fitting production. The first track "Poets and Gangstas" starts off with an intro explaining the idea behind the title and setting the stage for the album's concept which is highly political, truthful and needed. This beat is a bit more Talib's wave but The Ghost holds his own. Talib says in the hook "Now this that shit that you ain't know that you need" and he's 100% right. The track "Nine point five" ft. Sheek louch and Jadakiss has a more soulful feel on which they drop bars about shaking shit up from rappers to mind states. My only issue with this track, is they could have scratched Sheeks verse and gave Jada the extra bars. Next up is "In the field" which is flames from intro to outro. The beat is grimy and Talib's hook is on point. These guys lace this with black conscious bars while breaking down everything from the food industry to the government. This is probably my favorite track on the project. "Teleprompter" is another dope track. Nice melodic hook by Little Vic and solid feature from the legendary chi-town MC, Common. I really have no complaints about this EP outside of it just being an EP. It has a message and it's not only clear but conveyed with great wordplay and lyrics. I love these two and hope to hear more from them together.

Written By: Zeno The Ruler
Twitter: @iHoodscholar