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Reflection Eternal album got slept on

Apparently we here at 4080 got a little too wrapped up in ourselves an missed a big album drop this past year. Reflection Eternal, the hip hop team made up of Taliban Kweli and Hi-Tek have been consistently making solid hip hop that dwarfs any of their solo stuff.

Pitchfork’s review of their latest album (http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14292-revolutions-per-minute/) speaks pretty damn highly of it. The album, titled Revolutions per Minute, has garnered a solid following. Pitchfork also notes that while it is not a momentous revival, it is still a worthy record.
” But those are minor demerits, and the things people do listen for– conscious yet unpretentious lyricism delivered with acrobatic dexterity over on-point, no-gimmick beats– are all over this album. Kweli and Hi-Tek never had to rework their styles to stay on the cusp of mainstream-name status, so they’ve spent more time playing to their strengths than distracting themselves from them.”

I’m pretty down with it, and very much agree. While it doesn’t shift the musical landscape, it is very much an album I plan to throw on again.

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Stream the new Reflection Eternal Album

As we mentioned previously, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have reunited as Reflection Eternal and released a new album titled Revolutions Per Minute.

I’ve been pretty critical of Kweli over the last couple of years, and that’s not exactly the fairest journalism around.  It’s likely I’m too tainted by the greatness from the Black Star or the first Reflection Eternal albums to truly appreciate his more contemporary work.

Still, I’ve got high hopes for this new album.  The great thing is that you can stream the album for free from Entertainment Weekly.  I don’t know how long the album will remain up online, so check it out as soon as you can.

As for the tracklist, while I’m not a fan of City Playgrounds, I do think Back Again is a bit more classic Kweli.  However, Strangers may run away with the album.  Either that or Just Begun.

The best part about this disc is the variety of styles the duo uses.  There’s some old gospel-sounding samples that sneak in (In this World), and a couple of tracks hit you with the traditional ballad hooks (Ballad of Black Gold).  A few of them hit you in the face with a hard beat (So Good), or are covered with a gritty phone filter (Get Loose).

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Reflection Eternal reunites, tours.

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YES!  I’m terribly excited at Pitchfork’s news that Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, for those who don’t know) is reuniting and going on tour.  While I have the utmost respect for Kweli, I have to agree with Pitchfork’s words when they say:

In Hi-Tek, Kweli had a partner whose burbling, organic tracks perfectly complimented his thoughtful introspection and wordy, off-beat rhyme schemes. The result was arguably the most rewarding full-length of Kweli’s career; it still holds up pretty well today.

The tour dates are listed here. They’re all over the US (sadly, not in Canada), but hopefully you can find a date near you.  And below is Strangers, a track off the upcoming album.