Craig Seymour
October 01, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Beautiful Struggle

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ta-Nehisi Coates
genre
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a B

Opening an album with talk of child labor, AIDS in Africa, and the Middle Passage isn’t the best way to get the party started. But Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has more serious goals for his second solo set, The Beautiful Struggle, which affirms his reputation as hip-hop’s conscience. Sometimes the messages get as heavy as the sharp, thumping tracks, but a few jokes and guest spots from diva pals Faith Evans and Mary J. Blige help lighten the enlightenment.

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