This album is an amazing mix of sounds one doesn’t necessarily hear much these days. Gutter Rainbows‘ 14 tracks feature artists like Kendra Ross and Sean Price. The live intruments and beats that are sure to make you bob your head are simply the tip of the iceberg.
Talib Kweli’s lyrical content is much more than the regular ‘run-of-the-mill’ rapper. Being in the industry since 1995, Kweli has consistently been one of the most well-known concious or non-mainstream rappers.
As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Kweli saw gutters that ran with dirt, oil and water, revealing a shimmering rainbow. This memory served as inspiration for the album’s title and as a metaphor for Kweli’s music: “finding and preserving the beautiful in the hideous; the rainbows in the gutter”.
There’s never been a doubt as to Talib Kweli’s musical capabilities or lyrical prowess, but this album is undoubtedly a manifestation of his ability to make great music.
Talib Kweli has started his own label, Blacksmith Records under which he produced Gutter Rainbows. This freedom allowed him to make music without the constraints of any other label’s ideas or opinions on his work.
This album is sure to be the first step of what the press is calling the start of Kweli’s “true solo career.”
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