Quality

  • Record Label: MCA
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2002
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Quality is proof that intelligent hip-hop need not lack excitement, soul, or genuine emotion; it's one of the best rap albums of a year with no shortage of winners.
  3. For once, the production-by-committee approach works, strengthening Kweli's vision rather than diluting it.
  4. Spin
    80
    Kweli wins by spitting knotty verbiage over high-test beats. [Feb 2003, p.99]
  5. What makes Quality worth it is exactly what dragged down Train of Thought -- the slow and syrupy songs.
  6. A perfectly contemporary hip-hop release rescued from the ashes of independent hip-hop cliche.
  7. Mixer
    80
    One of the most thought-provoking hip-hop albums in recent years. [Dec 2002, p.75]
  8. Despite his best intentions, it seems, Kweli's best songs on the record move away from social criticism and into more conventional hip-hop subjects.
  9. Kweli smoothly bridges the physical and the political.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Blender
    80
    Quality is full of witticisms, but it draws equal strength from sonic diversity. [#12, p.145]
  13. Quality is a very conflicted album. On one hand, many of the tracks are close to the level mind blowing, production and rhyme wise. On the other hand, some of the tracks are just plain boring and muddy.
  14. Uncut
    70
    It's lyrically potent stuff. [Feb 2003, p.76]
  15. Alternative Press
    70
    A little too close to the mainstream for comfort. [Jan 2003, p.91]
  16. Compared to ambitious contemporaneous concept albums by peers such as Common and the Roots, Quality feels unexpectedly conventional--a strong collection of songs in need of a unifying force.
  17. He manages a harder edge without completely sacrificing credibility.
  18. In the end, his big head seriously weighs down the quality of Quality.
  19. Q Magazine
    40
    Sonically, his second solo effort is dry and unimaginative. [Feb 2003, p.97]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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 Full Review »