It says a lot about the level of respect accorded Talib Kweli that, despite sales figures that would get most major-label rappers dropped, he can still pull production from the Neptunes, Kanye West and Just Blaze, and then have Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans stop by to sing his hooks. The Beautiful Struggle is really about Kweli's own fight to stay relevant in a hiphop game that's increasingly about rap karaoke and baller ballads. Cheesy slow jams like Never Been In Love show he's down for just about anything - even rhyming over the Police's Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic! Evidently fed up with being perceived as politically astute, he clears up the misunderstanding in the title track by stating "I don't fuck with politics, I don't even follow it." Whether anyone will buy the image flip from conscious egghead to street tough remains to be seen.