With two albums under his belt via collaborations with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek, underground darling Talib Kweli makes his solo debut with Quality.

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 19

With two albums under his belt via collaborations with Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek, underground darling Talib Kweli makes his solo debut with Quality. The apt title only hints at what the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has to offer. On lead single "Waiting for the DJ," Kweli teams with Bilal to pay homage to the master of the turntable. The infectious single is gaining Kweli new fans via its radio and video play. Black Thought and Pharoahe Monch join Kweli on the high-octane "Guerrilla Monsoon Rap." The album's shining moment is the soulful, piano-driven "Get By." The track, produced by Kanye West, is an across-the-board smash. One of the year's best rap albums.—RH

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