Revolutions Per Minute
Label: Blacksmith/Warner Records
It has taken a decade for Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek to resume their partnership, but Revolutions Per Minute sounds like the two never parted. In spite of his freelance assignments for G Unit and other thug rappers, Hi-Tek resurrects Reflection Eternal's jazzy hip-hop with ease. Kweli chimes in with topical songs, from the excellent "Ballad of the Black Gold" to the revolutionary call "In This World." On "Just Begun," the two lend the spotlight to Jay Electronica and J Cole, two newer voices and the inheritors of Reflection Eternal's legacy of conscious hip-hop.