Just gonna throw some scattered thoughts out here per usual.
I have a weird relationship w Kweli’s music. There was a time when I thought he was a major star and had the goods but I’ve also had times where I couldn’t even stomach a single verse from him. His delivery can be off-putting, and he tends get a little self important. Think it worked pretty well in his early years but I’ve had a harder time connecting w him post The Beautiful Struggle era.
Haven’t listened to this in ten+ years, was surprised by how much I remember from it. I think I’m leaning towards some of the stuff I didn’t remember ie Touch You into Good Morning is a really nice one two punch. Name of the Game is good, didnt recall that one.
Blast is probably still the best one on here. Hi-Tek by way of Dilla really works on that one. Very beautiful track. Same w Too Late & Sweet Memories. The De La track is good.
Hadn’t made this connection before but the first thing that came to mind when Some Kind of Wonderful came on was The Watcher: https://youtu.be/a5HvHzV5JtI Makes me think a good Hi Tek comp is a solid mix of Dre and Dilla.
The Kool G Rap track as well as the Mos Def tracks should be better than they are.
I have pretty strong feelings about the Black Star album. Thing is really overrated in certain circles. Has like three classic songs then the rest is just mediocre. Prefer any of Kwelis first three albums to it and obv all of mos defs solo work.
I really like all three of Hi-Teks Hi-Teknology installments. He has all kinda weird combinations of rappers and it mostly all works. Handling My Bizness (clean edit) is one of my kids favorites.