• Record Label: MCA
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2002
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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 1 out of 30

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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.
  2. stevej
    Mar 19, 2007
    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.
  3. JoeS
    Sep 25, 2005
    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
  4. EliasD
    Jul 6, 2005
    This is one of the best albums ever!!!!!!
  5. JayHova
    Mar 19, 2005
    E! Online is full of it
  6. Three8ight6ix
    Jun 11, 2004
    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
  7. Chronwell
    May 26, 2004
    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.
  8. LawrenceP
    May 9, 2004
    Very good, better than Jay Z and half of these wack rappers...i'm still counting the days until the new BLACKSTAR LP drops.
  9. RishiI
    Mar 24, 2004
    This album is extremely potent. It manages to deliver good production by Kanye, DJ Quick..etc and thought provoking lyrics. One of the top albums of the year.
  10. laurynf
    Apr 14, 2003
    the cd is super hot! we need to hear from more positive and intellectual brothers such as this! he speaks the truth and is very talented!!!! the cd is so creative that i definitely can say that it is (QUALITY) music!!!!! if you love real music then go buy this cd "Quality" it's well worth the money!
  11. afsasf
    Feb 10, 2003
  12. [Anonymous]
    Dec 26, 2002
    great album
  13. GregD
    Dec 25, 2002
    Soulful well thought out music and rhymes.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. He manages a harder edge without completely sacrificing credibility.
  2. Spin
    Kweli wins by spitting knotty verbiage over high-test beats. [Feb 2003, p.99]
  3. 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.