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Veteran rapper Talib Kweli’s verbal skills remain sharp enough to rhyme “Dakota” with “Martina Navratilova” and his beats can still bite: Wu Tang Clan’s Raekwon adds some aggression to “Violations” while “Art Imitates Life” works up a righteous head of steam with Roots rapper Black Thought.

But an air of anachronism hangs over the project, summed up by the verbose memorial he erects to himself and 1990s rap in “Rare Portraits”.

Talib Kweli



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