Quality - Talib Kweli
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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. Jan 25, 2014
    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 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

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