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Album: Quality [Explicit Version]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keynote Speaker Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:15
2)    Rush Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:42
3)    Get By Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:47
4)    Shock Body Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:50
5)    Gun Music Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:45
6)    Waitin' For The DJ Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:04
7)    Joy Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:15
8)    Talk To You (Lil' Darlin') Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:01
9)    Guerrilla Monsoon Rap Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:13
10)    Put It In The Air Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:57
11)    The Proud Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:06
12)    Where Do We Go Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:59
13)    Stand To The Side Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 6:32
14)    Good To You Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:21
15)    Won't You Stay Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:26
 
Album: Quality [Explicit Version]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Keynote Speaker Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 2:15
2)    Rush Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:42
3)    Get By Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:47
4)    Shock Body Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:50
5)    Gun Music Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:45
6)    Waitin' For The DJ Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:04
7)    Joy Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:15
8)    Talk To You (Lil' Darlin') Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:01
9)    Guerrilla Monsoon Rap Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:13
10)    Put It In The Air Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:57
11)    The Proud Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:06
12)    Where Do We Go Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 3:59
13)    Stand To The Side Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 6:32
14)    Good To You Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 4:21
15)    Won't You Stay Album Version (Explicit) More Info... 5:26
 
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Performer Notes
  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • Personnel includes: Talib Kweli, Dave Chapelle, Cocoa Brovaz, Xzibit, Mos Def, Novel, Vinia Mojica, Res, Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Kanye West, Kendra Ross, Bilal.
  • Producers include: Ayatollah, Megahertz, Kanye West, Jay Dee, DJ Quik.
  • Personnel: Tiffany Phinazee, Aisha Mike, Xzibit (vocals); Teodross Avery (saxophone); Duane Eubanks (trumpet); James Poyser (keyboards); Savion Glover (taps); Samuel James, Abby Dobson, Chinua Hawk, Vernetta Bobien, Kendra Ross (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Neil Pogue; DJ Quik; Serban Ghenea; Axel Niehaus; Dave Dar.
  • Recording information: Larabee West Hollywood; Quad Recording Studios; Skylab, New York, NY; The Cutting Room, New York, NY.
  • Photographers: Shay Peretz; Greg Scaffidi.
  • Arranger: Talib Kweli.
  • For one of New York's most notable "underground" rappers, Talib Kweli has been involved in some pretty high-profile endeavors, like the 1998 Black Star album that topped countless hip-hop polls, and his collaborations with Hi-Tek. However, it's on his own that Kweli can really focus on his vision and direction. Musically, TK is as eclectic as ever here; the manifesto "Rush" features hard-rock guitar riffing; "Where Do We Go" is a gentle, melodic track driven by sparkling piano and poignant strings. Along the way, QUALITY incorporates samples of everyone from Nina Simone to Chuck Mangione.
  • Lyrically, Kweli is as positive and creative as ever, boldly continuing to provide an effective contrast to the downcast, violent themes so prevalent in hip-hop. As in all his other work, the message is ostensibly simple--wake up and look around you--but as any good lyricist (a category in which Kweli certainly belongs) must know, the devil is in the details. And it's those details that put some powerful flesh on this album's bones.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/23/03, p.64) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Kweli smoothly bridges the physical and the political.... a rich palette of summer-morning horns, somber strings and crisp, chattering snares..."

Spin (2/03, p.99) - 8 out of 10 - "...Kweli wins by spitting knotty verbiage over high-test beats..."

Uncut (2/03, p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It's lyrically potent stuff, and musically he deploys most of the trademark devices of modern hip hop....Refreshingly cliche-free..."

CMJ (12/02, p.47) - "...On his first solo CD, Kweli pens hip-hop quotables too numerous to name....Kweli is positioning himself as rap's savior."

Vibe (12/02, p.204) - 4.5 discs out of 5 - "...QUALITY's rugged beats are more incensed than incense burning. Kweli's flow is ...potent, all winking wordplay, compelling imagery, limber cadences, and passion..."
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