The Beautiful Struggle

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The Beautiful Struggle
Beautiful Struggle. Kweli.jpg
Studio album by Talib Kweli
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 53:40
Label Rawkus, Geffen
Producer Hi-Tek, The Neptunes, Supa Dave West, Kanye West, Just Blaze, J. R. Rotem, Midi Mafia, Charlemagne, Tone Mason, Amadeus
Talib Kweli chronology
The Beautiful Struggle
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle 1.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[7]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Spin B+[1]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[10]

The Beautiful Struggle is the second studio album by American rapper Talib Kweli. The album was released on September 28, 2004, by Rawkus Records and Geffen Records. The album features guest appearances such as Common, Faith Evans, Anthony Hamilton, Mary J. Blige and John Legend.

The album featured production from Kanye West, The Neptunes, Supa Dave West, Just Blaze and Hi-Tek. The first single off the album, "I Try" featuring Mary J. Blige, was fairly popular as a music video, followed by the second single "Never Been In Love".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Going Hard" (featuring Idle Warship) Charlemagne 3:50
2. "Back Up Offa Me" (featuring Reflection Eternal) Hi-Tek 3:38
3. "Broken Glass" The Neptunes 3:11
4. "We Know" (featuring Faith Evans) Supa Dave West 3:43
5. "A Game" Amadeus 3:36
6. "I Try" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Kanye West 4:25
7. "Around My Way" (featuring John Legend) Charlemagne 4:48
8. "We Got the Beat" (featuring Idle Warship) Midi Mafia 3:20
9. "Work It Out" Hi-Tek, J.R. Rotem 4:20
10. "Ghetto Show" (featuring Anthony Hamilton & Common) Supa Dave West 4:47
11. "Black Girl Pain" Midi Mafia, Tone Mason 5:04
12. "Never Been in Love" Just Blaze 5:01
13. "Beautiful Struggle" Hi-Tek 4:00

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard 200[11] 14
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 3


  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for The Beautiful Struggle". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ Andy Kellman (2004-09-28). "The Beautiful Struggle - Talib Kweli | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Review: The Beautiful Struggle, The New Danger - Music - The Austin Chronicle". Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  4. ^ Seymour, Craig (2004-10-01). "The Beautiful Struggle". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  5. ^ Alexis Petridis. "CD: Talib Kweli, The Beautiful Struggle". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Struggle". HipHopDX. 2004-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Talib Kweli: The Beautiful Struggle | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2004-09-29. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  8. ^ "Talib Kweli: The Beautiful Struggle". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  9. ^ "CG: talib kweli". Robert Christgau. 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  10. ^ "Vibe - Google Livres". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Talib Kweli Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "Talib Kweli Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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