Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Video Track-By-Track

Talib Kweli photographed at the Billboard Studio

Kate Glicksberg

Two years after "Gutter Rainbows" (2011) peaked at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Talib Kweli delivers his fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious."

"Prisoner of Conscious" went through "different changes" before it's release. It's no surprise for the rapper began working on "Prisoner of Conscious," out today (May 7), before "Gutter Rainbow."

Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Exclusive Album Stream

"Originally I wanted to make an album of love songs," Talib Kweli told Billboard. "When I look at my favorite hip-hop albums, from Andre 3000's "Love Below" or "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," those are hip-hop love albums. I feel like when people talk about real life emotions and real life feelings they resonate longer, longer than rappers who talk about gangsterism, sex and violence and longer than rappers who  just talk about hip-hop, how real they are how and how underground they are. I wanted to make an album that really spoke to the lives that people are living."

The full-length features collaborations with long-time friends (Busta Rhymes) and artists Kweli is a fan of himself (Miguel, Melanie Fiona, Kendrick Lamar and more). Check out Talib Kweli breaking down his album, "Prisoner of Conscious," track by track.