Quality - Talib Kweli
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

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  • Summary: Working with a variety of producers, the acclaimed New York rapper returns with his second album. Mos Def, Bilal and members of the Roots are among the guests.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. While Quality may lack the basement charms of [departed producer DJ Hi-]Tek's finest, it more than compensates by employing a funkier and more upbeat sound palate to further draw out the nuances of what is already one of the most rounded and complete rap personas in the game.
  2. For once, the production-by-committee approach works, strengthening Kweli's vision rather than diluting it.
  3. 80
    He's proven that he can do some beautiful long players, but this just sounds like someone else's greatest hits. Which isn't to say it's not one of the top 20 albums of 2002, because it is. But it shoulda been Top Ten.
  4. Quality has songs that rock, smooth songs, songs that make you think, songs that will make you dance. It contains nearly every feeling that music can evoke in a person.
  5. 80
    Quality is full of witticisms, but it draws equal strength from sonic diversity. [#12, p.145]
  6. A little too close to the mainstream for comfort. [Jan 2003, p.91]
  7. Sonically, his second solo effort is dry and unimaginative. [Feb 2003, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. stevej
    Mar 19, 2007
    10
    kweli is a champion of true hip hop, many try all fail to emulate his signature rhymes which deal with everything from politics to love. kweli is a champion of true hip hop, many try all fail to emulate his signature rhymes which deal with everything from politics to love. Quality, word to your mother. Expand
  2. EliasD
    Jul 6, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best albums ever!!!!!!
  3. JoeS
    Sep 25, 2005
    10
    Is undoubtedly one of the best hip hop albums recently jus as kweli conveys such powerful meaning E! online needs to sort it out and i have Is undoubtedly one of the best hip hop albums recently jus as kweli conveys such powerful meaning E! online needs to sort it out and i have lost all respect i once had for Q Expand
  4. Chronwell
    May 26, 2004
    9
    This album is so cold. Beats by Kanye and Jay Dee with no Hi Tek give it a glossier sound but its still hard like a criminal check out the This album is so cold. Beats by Kanye and Jay Dee with no Hi Tek give it a glossier sound but its still hard like a criminal check out the highlights Gun Music, Get By, and Good To You. Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2014
    9
    Talib Kweli is an excellent rapper! Here, he even tries to go mainstream with Get By and comes out with a solid result. The only things areTalib Kweli is an excellent rapper! Here, he even tries to go mainstream with Get By and comes out with a solid result. The only things are that the production is not ideal and even though I love his flow, it gets out of hand sometimes. In my opinion, he is a top 5 lyricist ever to pick up a mic. Expand
  6. Three8ight6ix
    Jun 11, 2004
    9
    Kweli's sophmore solo LP kills the competition with an entertaining lesson in rhyme, but still doesn't compare to his duo albums. Kweli's sophmore solo LP kills the competition with an entertaining lesson in rhyme, but still doesn't compare to his duo albums. Maybe he and Kanye could crank out a release for the summer together Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Dec 26, 2002
    8
    great album

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