Rap veterans Talib Kweli & Styles P released a EP titled “The Seven”. If you know your history of these two emcees they’ve collaborated on songs in the past, “Testify” “Buck Em Down” “Da Mathematics” and other songs. Very vocal and conscience about society and Hip-Hop the two decided to come together to drop a dope project.
The project starts out with “Poets & Gangstas” where it starts off with the meaning of “The Seven” but as soon as the beat switches both take no prisoners on all 3 verses.
Talib on the 1st verse
Welcome to the conscious of the nation on hard beats
I rap to my heart beat
Keepin' time as my feet hit the concrete
These dark streets blacker than the color of charred beef
The dark meat falling off like the flesh of a zombie
This freedom, that they dangle in front of us like some car keys
Snatch it back and peel out like a car thief
Styles P on the 2nd verse
Wanna chat with ghost f*ck a Ouija
Only board you need is the engineer's
Armageddon and venom here
Lyrical warfare dies if you send 'em here
MC graveyard the lyrical pallbearer
If I'm there I bet you the Lord hear us
Or maybe the angels, maybe a few demons
Channel my ancestors when doing my deep breathin'
The light from the darkness giving the mic spark
With deep soul, deep brain wave and an ice heart
My favorite song from the EP “In The Field” is just dope, with a intro from a speech from Malcom X. Just off the 1st few bars Styles P goes off.
Yeah it's black on black crime but it's blue on black crime
Police killin' the brown man and doing no time
The judge is a Nazi, but he ain't in the Klan
The jail's the plantation they spread it across the land
I'm thinkin' what will that change?
If big industry money pays for campaigns (think about it)
Just when you think Styles was taking over the song, here comes Talib….
Yeah there's black on black crime
But there's white on white crime
When you adjust for population all the numbers they align
So why we never hear white on white on the nightly news?
Ain't no profitin' over criminalizin' white dudes
Poverty breeds criminals but watch what you call me
Because if I'm a criminal what about bankers on Wall Street?
Or the fast food industry that be feeding us horse meat?
Features from Sheek Louch,Jadakiss,Common,Nikko IS,Rapsody,LittleVic and Chris Rivers. “Let It Burn” Rapsody proves that she can spar with these lyrical heavyweights as if you didn’t know already but she has one of the standout verses on the project. Only 7 songs on the project, I hope it’s a full LP in the future because this will have you waiting for more. If we are going by The Source Microphone rating, I’ll give it 4 mics. The Seven is available on all streaming services.
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