The Beautiful Struggle 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… The Beautiful Struggle 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… 2004-09-28 Talib Kweli Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

The Beautiful Struggle (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 28, 2004; Lead Performance: Talib Kweli; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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.

Originally posted Oct 01, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints