Prisoner of Conscious Image
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  • Summary: The fifth solo release for the Brooklyn rapper features guest appearances by such artists as Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes, Curren$y, Melanie Fiona, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Nelly, and Seu Jorge.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 8, 2013
    80
    This is certainly his most sonically diverse album ever.
  2. May 16, 2013
    70
    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.
  3. May 6, 2013
    70
    The off-topic and amazing "Hamster Wheel" is here, and when that's added to all the other highlights, the album is well above worthwhile, as scattershot and frustrating as it is.
  4. Jul 2, 2013
    70
    Despite everything he did right on this album, there are a few blemishes. [Jul 2013, p.88]
  5. Jun 11, 2013
    65
    POC is a step above his worst material and a far cry from his glory days.
  6. May 13, 2013
    60
    He seems content to occupy the same '90s underground niche he's always done. [Jun 2013, p.90]
  7. May 20, 2013
    40
    Dogged by sub-standard productions and uneasy alliances, it's left to the RZA and Madlib's younger brother Oh No to partially save his bacon. [Jun 2013, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 7, 2013
    8
    Another solid release from Talib Kweli. Each song has good bars and a good message. While not the best album of the year, it is good to see a legend continue to go strong in 2013. Collapse
  2. May 7, 2013
    7
    Im such a HUGE kweli fan I would expect 2 years between albums would provide a great release. With this album he clearly is coming out with a message. Which I can appriciate as he mostly a conscious lyricist. However, the album on a whole is not spectacular. There isn't really a song that is catchy or one I would keep in my collection. That is not to say his rhyming has fallen off, but this is a lesser album than Gutter Rainbows and certainly Eardrum. Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    6
    Talib Kweil is a great rapper, especially with regard to the alternative genre. After the good work with Gutter Rainbows, Talib Kweil releases Prisoner of Concious, a sufficient album but with anything new. Expand