Known for their politically inspired lyrics and wide-awake sounds, the duo of Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek has played a major role in the recent resurgence of progressive hip-hop.

Known for their politically inspired lyrics and wide-awake sounds, the duo of Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek has played a major role in the recent resurgence of progressive hip-hop. With this, his solo debut, Hi-Tek looks to expand his production credentials, which already include tracks for Mos Def, Cocoa Brovaz, and Beanie Sigel, among others. On Hi-Teknology, Hi-Tek teams with guest artists, including Slum Village, Mood, and Common, proving that he knows how to masterfully match the beat with the right artist—and in the right context. The beautifully jazzy "Breakin Bread" (featuring Donte, Main Flow, Brian Digby Jr., and Crunch) is a prime example. Although Kweli does turn up ("Get Back—Part 2" and "Theme From Hi-Tek"), this set is all about Hi-Tek's mastery of the board.—RH