Liberation (Talib Kweli and Madlib album)

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Liberation
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Studio album by Talib Kweli & Madlib
Released March 20, 2007 (2007-03-20) (official)
Genre Hip hop
Length 30:12
Label Blacksmith Music
Producer Madlib
Talib Kweli chronology
Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD
(2006)
Liberation
(2007)
Eardrum
(2007)
Madlib chronology
Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes
(2006)
Liberation
(2007)
Yesterdays Universe
(2007)
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop 4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic favorable[2]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[3]
RapReviews.com 8/10[4]
Stylus Magazine A–[5]

Liberation is a collaborative album by Talib Kweli and Madlib.[6] It was made available as a free download from Stones Throw's Rappcats website, and Kweli and Madlib's MySpace pages for the first week of 2007, beginning New Year's Eve 2007.[7] It was removed about a week later. One cover for the album is an adaptation of a piece by guerrilla artist Banksy, and an alternative cover (given away as a print-ready download) is a collage of Talib Kweli, a dollar sign, and the Statue of Liberty.

Reception[edit]

A.J. Henriques of Stylus Magazine gave Liberation a grade of A–, commenting that "Talib Kweli sounds more energized rhyming over Madlib's production than he has in years" and "Madlib has crafted his most traditionally rappable beats since his work with Lootpack."[5]

It was ranked at 53 on PopMatters' "101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007" list.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Show" 2:21
2. "Funny Money" 3:04
3. "Time Is Right" 2:17
4. "Engine Running" (featuring Consequence) 3:39
5. "Over the Counter" 4:05
6. "The Function" (featuring Strong Arm Steady) 4:09
7. "Happy Home" (featuring Candice Anderson) 5:50
8. "Soul Music" (featuring Res) 2:29
9. "What Can I Do?" 2:18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fofana, Sidik (January 7, 2007). "Liberation". AllHipHop. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Herzog, Kenneth. "Talib Kweli / Madlib - Liberation". AllMusic. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kameka, Andrew (January 12, 2007). "Talib Kweli & Madlib - Liberation". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ Tomer, Matt (January 16, 2007). "Talib Kweli & Madlib :: Liberation :: Blacksmith/Stones Throw Records". RapReviews.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Henriques, A.J. (January 16, 2007). "Talib Kweli & Madlib - Liberation". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Bychawski, Adam (January 3, 2007). "Talib Kweli and Madlib release free digital download". NME. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ Pareles, John (January 8, 2007). "Critic's Choice: New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Huff, Quentin B. (January 15, 2008). "101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007". PopMatters. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 

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