Prisoner of Conscious

Talib Kweli - Prisoner of Conscious
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Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #751 / 955
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Based on 12 ratings
May 7, 2013 / Release Date
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It’s a bigger push musically and collaboratively with less emphasis on the politics that have dominated his past.


The album is well above worthwhile, as scattershot and frustrating as it is.


On Prisoner of Conscious Kweli once again is working against that way of thinking by adopting unlikely styles, expanding his musical palette and collaborating with folks that people might not expect him to.


Kweli’s absolutely owned his lane when he’s been committed to it but now he's jumping around from style to style with no destination in sight. 

FACT Magazine

Instead of updating his sound and style for a contemporary audience, Prisoner of Conscious comes off as a series of half measures.

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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Human Mic
  3. Turnt Up
  4. Come Here (feat. Miguel)
  5. High Life (feat. Rubix and Bajah)
  6. Ready Set Go (feat. Melanie Fiona)
  7. Hold It Now
  8. Push Thru (feat. Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar and Glen “Grey” Reynolds)
  9. Hamster Wheel
  10. Delicate Flowers
  11. Rocketships (feat. Busta Rhymes)
  12. Before He Walked (feat. Nelly and Abby Dobson)
  13. Upper Echelon
  14. Favela Love (feat. Seu Jorge)
  15. Only Gets Better (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
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Added on: January 9, 2013