Prisoner of Conscious (Explicit)
by Talib Kweli
Released: May 2013
Label: Javotti Media
When Kweli announced Prisoner of Conscious several years ago, it promised to be different from this. He has long suffered under the perception that he's too self-righteous, but instead of confronting it lyrically, he assembles some surprising collaborations, like with Nelly on "Before He Walked," Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar on "Push Thru," and Melanie Fiona on "Ready Set Go." As producers Oh No ("Hamster Wheel"), S1 ("Push Thru") and Terrace Martin ("Favela Love") make soulful yet populist hip-hop vibes, Kweli sticks to his lane while indirectly dismissing critics who question his relevance.