TALIB KWELI RELEASES SIXTH ALBUM, EARDRUM
ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS/BLACKSMITH MUSIC IN STORES AUGUST 21
New Album Features Guest Appearances by
Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, KRS-ONE, and
UGK Production by Kanye West, will.i.am
Madlib, and Hi-Tek
Talib Kweli, the Brooklyn wordsmith, returns with his eagerly awaited sixth album EARDRUM, in stores on August 21, 2007 on Kweli's own label, Blacksmith Music and Warner Bros. Records. With this career defining new album, Kweli mixes hard hitting beats with inventive rhymes that serve to not only entertain, but also to educate.
Hailed by USA Today as "Hip-Hops most inventive lyricist" the MC's penchant for being a lyrical mastermind is reflected in his album title, aptly called EARDRUM. Talib explains, "The image of the ear and of the drum are powerful enough by themselves, but when you put them together, it's an instrument that's in your body that helps you hear. They're also two very simple, yet powerful words."
EARDRUM boasts innovative production work by such vanguard artists as Kanye West, who worked on Kweli's 2002's gold-certified Quality and 2004's The Beautiful Struggle; Black-Eyed Peas founder will.i.am; and Black Star producer Hi-Tek, who also collaborated with Kweli on the gold-certified 2000 album Reflection Eternal. Additional production highlights include New York rapper Kwame and multi-instrumentalist/producer Madlib, whose previous collaboration delivered the free digital –only EP, Liberation (2007).
The talented wordsmith is preparing to hit the road for the Rock the Bells Festival and his own summer tour. As one of the most toured hip-hop artists (at least 250 dates a year) fans can expect to hear Kweli perform new tracks from EARDRUM including "Listen" and "More or Less" as well as classics from past albums.
Talib Kweli Tour Dates available HERE.