Urged on by Black Star partner Mos Def's wildly praised solo debut, Talib Kweli digs deep for his own solo set, getting Nelson Mandela for the intro and building from there.
Train Of Thought is as bright as you'd expect from hiphop's only bookstore-owning MC. With DJ Hi Tek cutting up trim beats and Les Nubians, Xzibit, Mos Def and Kool G Rap providing guest verses, Kweli lashes out against hiphop phonies and the state of black youth while also rhyming about the lingering effects of his parents' divorce. While he remains on-message all the way through, none of it sounds didactic or overbearing. Proof that conscious hiphop can be smart and also neck-snapping.