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Talib Kweli: Gutter Rainbows

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On Reflection Eternal's 2000 album "Train of Thought," Talib Kweli challenged fans, and himself, to "do what comes naturally." After years of recording on mainstream labels, he now has the chance to produce exactly what he wants-and feels he needs-to produce: an album straight from his mouth to the ears of his fans. Invoking the true meaning of MC, Master of Ceremonies, Kweli brings incredible power to his live shows and feeds off the spontaneous energy of his audiences. Being able to interact directly with his audience and the musicians he most respects, he has created an album and a sound that best reproduces that ceremony for his fans. Finally, after serious urgency in the studio, Kweli presents 'Gutter Rainbows,' an album that takes a trip back to childhood while marking the newest stage in his long and dynamic career.As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Kweli saw gutters that ran with dirt, oil and water, revealing a shimmering rainbow to his child's eyes. Drawing its title from this memory, this album puts at the raw center what his music has been doing for years: finding and preserving the beautiful in the hideous; the rainbows in the gutter. Weaving the lyrical and the gritty, the autobiographical with an honest, no-holdsbarred hip-hop spirit; Kweli sticks fiercely to what feels true to him in creating the sound of this album. Without being tied to any particular label's conception of what his sound should be or when his work should hit his fans, Kweli is free to build his most personal album yet in both content and motivation. Kweli's true solo career has only just begun, and although the future holds more collaboration, "Gutter Rainbows" marks a new stage in the long and ever-evolving career of Talib Kweli.

This newest release, recorded on his time and with his talent as the driving force, proves Kweli is a complete and formidable musician-it presents the depth and breadth of his experience and ability, and sets a new bar for the cutting edge of hip-hop music.

"Gutter Rainbows" was recorded with the help of incredibly talented musicians from across the country. Eric Krasno, Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady, Iron Solomon, Outasight, Kendra Ross, Sean Price, 88-Keys, Marco Polo, Ski Beatz, M-Phazes, S-1, E. Jones, Oh No and others make appearances.

Though originally slated to be a digital-only release, Javotti Media/ 3D will be releasing Talib Kweli's forthcoming Gutter Rainbows on CD & Limited Multi-Color Swirl LP. In keeping with Talib's desire to release this album 100% independently, the CD will only be sold to independent / Mom & Pop music stores.

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1. After The Rain (Intro)
Producer: 88-Keys
Year: 2011
2. Gutter Rainbows
Producer: M-Phazes
Year: 2011
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3. So Low
Producer: Shuko
Year: 2011
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4. Palookas
featuring Sean Price (of Heltah Skeltah)
Producer: Marco Polo
Year: 2011
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5. Mr. International
featuring Nigel Hall
Producer: S1
Year: 2011
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6. I'm On One
Producer: Khrysis
Year: 2011
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7. Wait For You
featuring Kendra Ross
Producer: S1
Year: 2011
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8. Ain't Waiting
featuring Outasight
Producer: 6th Sense
Year: 2011
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9. Cold Rain
Producer: Ski Beatz
Year: 2011
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10. Friends & Family
Producer: E. Jones
Year: 2011
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11. Tater Tot
Producer: Nick Speed
Year: 2011
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12. How You Love Me
featuring Blaq Toven
Producer: Blaq Toven
Year: 2011
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13. Uh Oh
featuring Jean Grae
Producer: Oh No
Year: 2011
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14. Self Savior
featuring Chace Infinite (of Self Scientific)
Producer: Maurice Brown
Year: 2011
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3.4 Stars (3.4 Stars )
Total Comments: 37
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/12/2012 9:04:00 AM; Partial IP: 50.156.119)
Location: Kegak
Comment: 4. Palookas Produce Marco p..... the only good sound of album
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 7/24/2011 8:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .40.10.187)
Location: Estonia
Comment: I can´t relate to the overall set of comments under this release right here. Among the many records that are getting massive mainstream publicity these days, featuring artists of NO integrity and NO artistic pride whatsoever, Kweli´s effort stays stong at assuring that the essential elements of lyricicity and true poetic awareness still stay relevant in this sphere of music. Moreover, I disagree throughly with the people that demand Talib to keep bringing "that 90´s sound". He is actually doing it but just not literally. With "Gutter Rainbows", he brings it back and with a great flip to it for a more current approach, technically and instrumentally. And it works. Of course, as always, the call of different opinions will and can not be narrowed down but this record right here is for the open-minded. The full cut is so well-balanced in production and thematical up-build that seeing the number on senseless comments up on here is truly hurtful. To the point where you might need to assume: people simply can´t value quality hip hop any more. Some of the people "we grew up with" have gave up turf in their content - THAT IS NOT THE CASE FOR KWELI.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/31/2011 3:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 139.194.53)
Location: London, England
Comment: Considering Talib is one of the few exceptional lyricists still doin it, this is a massive disappointment. Beats are the main culprit here, with majority of them sounding very boring and amatuerish at best, even the big name producers don't step up on this album. Sorry Talib, lyrically you always deliver but the beats on here really dragged the whole album down. We know what you about so hopefully the next release will be a much better offering. ps I didn't hold much hope for this one anyway from when I peeped the new Reflection Eternal... Hi-Tek has really fallen off at the mo and is constantly churning out weird poppy type beats, nothing like the Hi-Tek of old... bring it back son... 1ne!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 5/2/2011 9:57:00 AM; Partial IP: 37.177.242)
Location: ca
Comment: Not his best album, but still an incredible MC and this has a couple of excellent songs on it.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/12/2011 2:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .241.57.55)
Location: moon
Comment: This album has songs on it that sound like they were made for Hot 97. Not a big fan of R&B beats either. Not a big fan of using so many different producers either. All groups/MC's need their own sound to differentiate themselves. Ohhh the days of uniqueness.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/19/2011 7:57:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: steubville oh10
Comment: raw shit take me back 2 cincity wit hi tech j sun do yo thing stay raw
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 3/14/2011 11:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 105.186.74)
Location: San Bernardino, CA
Comment: the only reason I give this album a three is because I think talib could have done better. their is a few burner on this album, but the rest are pretty garbage. I like tabibs work, which I give him the respect, but just not the full respect he deserves. The Myth
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 2/27/2011 11:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 108.126.44)
Location: ret
Comment: worst talib kweli release
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2011 5:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 142.38.122)
Location: Jennifer's Body
Comment: it's alright, like all of talib's solo albums there good but not great, all of bangers and their share of clunkers, just like this album, he's got two or three more albums before he makes his classic solo
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/23/2011 4:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 130.183.10)
Location: Mont.real
Comment: Good album . My one of a kind color vinyl looks like vomit do.
Name: (Posted: 2/22/2011 3:35:00 PM; Partial IP: .46.106.19)
Location: prov-0-dense
Comment: jean burned him on his own joint? I beg to differ, although jean is one of my favorite artists and did her thing on the uh oh track but I think they equally killed it
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/22/2011 1:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 250.222.38)
Location: Japan (reppin' G.A.)
Comment: Yeah man lol, that track Gutter Rainbows is so cool I gotta laugh for a sec. Talib's getting better and better on every album cause he doin' his own music his way! Shout out to that Reflection Eternal album too with him and Hi-Tek! Fiyah shit bwoi! But I'm waiting on another album from you and Mos and another track by you and Styles P again! Bring it homeboi!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/18/2011 1:39:00 AM; Partial IP: 136.25.254)
Location: chicago
Comment: damn shame jean burned him on his own joint
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/17/2011 1:27:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: Solid album...I don't usually like Talib, but this is a solid effort! Good beats, nice rhymes & concepts!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/8/2011 5:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .164.39.86)
Location: Sactown, CA
Comment: Talib always does his thing. So low hit me somthin tough. Marco Polo came with some fire but I think there was to much production on this album. There were to many attempts for a 'new song'. Wasn't fellin it. I like this album but I skip to many songs for it to be called a great. BLACKSTAR LIVES FOREVER! Peace and love.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/5/2011 8:46:00 AM; Partial IP: 72.176.164)
Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
Comment: Decent... but I like the Eardrum and R.P.M. albums just a little better. Talib ain't lost it though...
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 2/3/2011 5:17:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: j-city, nigeria
Comment: POOR BEAT CHOICES...lyrically, kweli has matured but the beats are mediocre. his last true album was wit madlib (liberation)as well as wit hi-tek in 2001 (train of thought)
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/28/2011 8:38:00 AM; Partial IP: 54.167.153)
Location: prov-0-dense
Comment: pure rubbish? wtf, listen dj seaweed, sounds like you spin some petey pablo or some shit because kweli is always on point with the lyrics, maybe not all the time with production but the dude does his thing. I mean, how many people would love to hear a kweli/premo album? that would be bananas. big ups!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/28/2011 2:28:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: GER
Comment: kwel is pure genius...great album!
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 1/27/2011 1:21:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Columbia, SC
Comment: Pure Rubbish!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/25/2011 1:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 87.227.211)
Location: guinée bissau
Comment: usual
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/24/2011 11:56:00 PM; Partial IP: 208.152.87)
Location: Republic Of Real hip-hop
Comment: An Eccletik album with many goods tracks
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/24/2011 9:56:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.208.155)
Location: honolulu hi
Comment: i think the album overall is pretty fresh but I think some of the beats are a little bit toooooooo over produced! the lyrics are always fire from talib but I just think if he had better beats to go with his flow he would be so much better!!!!! keep it simple that's what the people want!!!! take it back to the 90s fuck!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/23/2011 6:15:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Spain
Comment: Lyrically I dont got any complaints about Talib, but since his early days he didnt release a full album where I could say: the lyrics & beats are dope. After seeing the lineup of produces for this album I had high expectations... but after listening to it... Its "just" another Talib Kweli album, very good lyrics but not average beats, I wont be listening to it for too long.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/23/2011 12:24:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.156.199)
Location: Benztown, Germany
Comment: Sorry, not feeling this at all. Which is extra problematic since 12 of 14 songs sound exactly the same and 2 are straight up wack pop shit. Used to be a Kweli fan but his last albums are hella boring.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/23/2011 10:11:00 AM; Partial IP: 186.96.119)
Location: Chi
Comment: Jean Grae does her thing on "Uh Oh". The album is a good listen.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/22/2011 10:23:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: NC
Comment: This is a well put together album, the beats, rhymes and guest apperances all fit perfectly! A true work of art :D
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/19/2011 11:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .117.85.35)
Location: salt lake city utah
Comment: kweli is by far ahead of his time every album is great mark my words true musician
Name: (Posted: 1/17/2011 1:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 116.90.145)
Location: Norway
Comment: talib has never let me down, check out the "In the Red" video my man niim is gonna direct the new video for new album.
Name: (Posted: 1/15/2011 9:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 99.159.133)
Location: 4th & Broadway
Comment: Kweli has been hit and miss for me recently. Hoping this one's a winner, but from the itunes preview I'm not sure.
Name: (Posted: 1/13/2011 2:34:00 AM; Partial IP: 180.226.62)
Location: your bed
Comment: Kweli drop his 1st lp in 98...Hey but he start at 99...the years after was is twin brother.lolol. there always stupid shit on peaples mouth.
Name: (Posted: 1/9/2011 12:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 71.163.124)
Location: Nevada
Comment: Kweli rep since '99!
Name: (Posted: 1/3/2011 3:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 54.167.153)
Location: prov-0-dense
Comment: cant wait for this release. im a big kweli fan. big ups!
Name: (Posted: 12/30/2010 5:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 255.75.237)
Location: lansing, michigan
Comment: wow haha just read the last paragraph, guess I am gonna have to pre order
Name: (Posted: 12/30/2010 5:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 255.75.237)
Location: lansing, michigan
Comment: i thought this was about to be a digital only release, but if there droppin an actual cd for it im bout to pre order right now
Name: (Posted: 12/30/2010 3:13:00 AM; Partial IP: 15.109.178)
Location: o
Comment: Good to see Chace still on the mic
Name: (Posted: 12/25/2010 3:50:00 AM; Partial IP: 80.224.141)
Location: Belleville
Comment: I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS RELEASE! Talib always puts out some quality music. Nice set of producers as well. Gonna be a an instant hit!
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