The Beautiful Struggle

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The Beautiful Struggle
Beautiful Struggle. Kweli.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2004
GenreAlternative hip hop
LabelRawkus, Geffen
ProducerHi-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
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The Austin Chronicle1.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media(7.6/10)[7]
PopMatters5/10 stars[8]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Vibe3.5/5 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]

1."Going Hard" (featuring Idle Warship)Charlemagne3:50
2."Back Up Offa Me" (featuring Reflection Eternal)Hi-Tek3:38
3."Broken Glass"The Neptunes3:11
4."We Know" (featuring Faith Evans)Supa Dave West3:43
5."A Game"Amadeus3:36
6."I Try" (featuring Mary J. Blige)Kanye West4:25
7."Around My Way" (featuring John Legend)Charlemagne4:48
8."We Got the Beat" (featuring Idle Warship)Midi Mafia3:20
9."Work It Out"Hi-Tek, J.R. Rotem4:20
10."Ghetto Show" (featuring Anthony Hamilton & Common)Supa Dave West4:47
11."Black Girl Pain"Midi Mafia, Tone Mason5:04
12."Never Been in Love"Just Blaze5:01
13."Beautiful Struggle"Hi-Tek4:00

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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