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It's A'ight.. but don't believe ALL the hype.
on November 3, 2000
Rawkus Records has worked it's way into arguably the best hip-hop label on the map... That being said, I gotta say that while there are some tracks worth the price of this CD alone, I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed overall in this release. Talib Kweli & Hi Tek have in other efforts shown that they got the skills, but I guess that I was expecting something a little bit more groundbreaking with Reflection Eternal. I don't know... maybe seeing them perform live on the "Okay player Tour" a few days before I picked it up took something away from hearing it on my stereo. It starts off well enough, however I gotta say that the intro came accross more funny than powerful (it mainly left me wondering if Nelson Mandela really uses words like "chillin", and what if any was his cut in the profits)... but that's all good. The problem is that after the instant hit track "Move Somethin" (less than 10 minutes into the CD), the rest of the album mostly just kinda segues into banality. I'm not saying that it's whack, but it ain't all that either. The bottom line in my opinion is, that the plus sides of the CD make it is worth having, but if you had to be stranded in a deserted tenement with only 1 Rawkus CD, this wouldn't be the one I would want. For the first time buyer I'd recommend checking out Black Star first, as well as Mos Def's solo album Black on Both Sides (both of these blew me away from the moment I put the CD in, and kept it up for the duration). Compare and contrast both of these with Reflection Eternal, and I think you can see what I'm getting at. Peace.