Scheduled release date: August 21
BY BEN WESTHOFF
“Conscious rap” needs to be eliminated from hip-hop’s vernacular, or, at the very least, Talib Kweli’s name should be stricken from its rolls. Nobody’s quite sure what the term means: Music that doesn’t focus on rims and butts? Songs in which the listener’s life isn’t explicitly threatened? Kweli has said he doesn’t like being pigeonholed by the term, and the release of Eardrum, his sixth solo album, seems an appropriate time to let him go.
Ear Drum is a heaping mess, neither smart nor groundbreaking, filled with 2.5 cliches per verse.