Earlier this year, rap veteran Talib Kweli released the solo album Gutter Rainbows, a title inspired by Catcher in The Rye, which was completely self-financed and independent of the mainstream record industry. Kweli is known for chasing the thrill of a new project where ever and whenever it might come up, and to keep with his chameleon style, he recently announced his plans to follow up Gutter Rainbows with another album before the year is over.
Prisoner of Conscious is Kweli’s next project in the making and the collection is rumored to be something of an extremely late sequel to 2007’s Ear Drum. So far there’s been word of guest features from his Black Star partner Mos Def, as well as top dogs Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar, Jean Grae, Maino, and uh, randomly, Nelly?
Perhaps this is Kweli's first move in attempting to break free from the backpacker rap image that's been attached to him for so long. However, the production work comes from Hi-Tek, Oh No, Madlib, Terrance Martin, E. Jones, Rahki and Symbolic 1, most of whom contriubted to Kweli's impeccable credentials as a "backpack" or "conscious" rapper.
Prisoner of Conscious will drop sometime in November.