Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows

A shining light

As wise by design as the persona he’s held since arriving as the first wave of Rawkus’ potential scene savers, the Brooklynite’s latest attempt at delivering listeners from evil grows from same old Talib tattle to glowing earworm. Piling up respect for a staunch allegiance to hip-hop fundamentals, TK’s scholarly defiance and evocative pictorials ride an ideal chariot of soul food, grown man beats that preserve half a hope of becoming a chart-breaker amongst a handful of imagination-firing tough nuts. Kweli’s ‘Rainbows’ are a shining light for those wanting out of a system where booksmarts get bumrushed.

8/10

Words by MATT OLIVER

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