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Quality (Talib Kweli album)

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Quality
Talib Kweli Quality.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 19, 2002
Recorded2001–2002
GenreAlternative hip hop
Length65:13
LabelRawkus
ProducerKanye West, Megahertz, DJ Quik, DJ Scratch, J Dilla, Soulquarians, Supa Dave West, Ayatollah, Eric Krasno, Dahoud Darien
Talib Kweli chronology
Train of Thought
(2000)
Quality
(2002)
The Beautiful Struggle
(2004)
Singles from Quality
  1. "Good to You" / "Put It in the Air"
    Released: July 2, 2002
  2. "Waitin' for the DJ" / "Guerilla Monsoon Rap"
    Released: September 17, 2002
  3. "Get By"
    Released: March 11, 2003

Quality is the debut studio album by American rapper Talib Kweli. The album was released on November 19, 2002, by Rawkus Records. It received wide critical acclaim and had some commercial appeal from the song "Get By", produced by Kanye West. Kludge magazine included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[1]

Background

In 1998 Talib Kweli and Mos Def as duo Black Star released critically acclaimed album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star.[2][3] The duo planned to release their second album, but Mos Def was busy working on film The Italian Job.[4] Meanwhile, Kweli decided to work on other projects. As part of Reflection Eternal duo with Hi-Tek he released Train of Thought in 2000.[5] Then, following the success of his previous albums, Kweli decided to release his debut solo album.

The album was called Quality. In 2002 interview with Rolling Stone rapper explained the album's name:[6]

It was just the best way of trying to describe what I wanted to do. The word just fit. I'm trying to focus on quality over quantity.

— Talib Kweli

According to Billboard, the album's title is also a pun on Kweli's similarly pronounced surname.[7]

Release and promotion

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[9]
Blender4/5 stars[10]
The Guardian3/5 stars[11]
Houston Chronicle4/5[12]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[13]
Pitchfork9.1/10[14]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[15]
Spin8/10[16]
USA Today4/4 stars[17]
Vibe4.5/5[18]

Quality was released on November 19, 2002[19] (November 25 in the UK),[20] by Rawkus Records. Despite Kweli still being considered an underground artist,[3] the album was commercially successful.[21] It peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200[22] and number 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[23] Three singles were released from the album; "Good to You"/"Put It in the Air", "Waitin' For The DJ"/"Guerilla Monsoon Rap" and "Get By". Despite positive reception, the first two singles failed to make any impact on mainstream charts, so the label decided to not release the third single, considering the song and its content not commercially viable. In response to this, Kweli and his manager made several copies of the single and sent it to a number of popular radio DJs across New York. With help from DJ Enuff, the team at Power 106, and many other local DJs, the single gained popularity through local airplay,[24] and was eventually released by Rawkus. "Get By" received radio airplay in early 2003[21] and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 77, becoming Kweli's biggest solo hit.[25][26] A music video for the song was later released[4] and an official remix was recorded. The remix, featuring Kanye West, Mos Def, Jay Z, and Busta Rhymes, was aired for a short time on New York hip-hop radio, but did not receive an official release.[24]

After the release of Quality, Kweli embarked on a tour in support of the album, where he was accompanied by friend and producer Kanye West as an opening act.[27][28] At the time, West was considered a talented producer, but executives at West's label, Roc-A-Fella, did not feel he had potential as a solo rapper.[29] Kweli allowed West to perform on stage with him during his concerts, giving West his first stage exposure to large crowds. West later expressed his gratitude to Kweli, saying that he owed a part of his early success to these performances.[27]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[30]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Keynote Speaker" (featuring Dave Chappelle)Eric Krasno2:14
2."Rush"Megahertz3:42
3."Get By"Kanye West3:47
4."Shock Body"
DJ Scratch3:49
5."Gun Music" (featuring Cocoa Brovaz)Megahertz3:45
6."Waitin' for the DJ" (featuring Bilal)
Dahoud Darien4:03
7."Joy" (featuring Mos Def)Ayatollah4:14
8."Talk to You (Lil' Darlin')" (featuring Bilal)5:00
9."Guerrilla Monsoon Rap" (featuring Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch)Kanye West4:13
10."Put It in the Air" (featuring DJ Quik)DJ Quik4:56
11."The Proud"
  • Greene
  • Dorrell
Ayatollah5:06
12."Where Do We Go" (featuring Res)J Dilla3:58
13."Stand to the Side" (featuring Novel & Vinia Mojica)J Dilla6:32
14."Good to You"
Kanye West4:21
15."Won't You Stay" (featuring Kendra Ross)
Supa Dave West5:25

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[30]

  • Geoff Allen – engineer (track 3)
  • Teodross Avery – saxophone (track 15)
  • Ayatollah – producer (tracks 7, 11)
  • Bilal – featured performer (tracks 6, 8)
  • Black Thought – featured performer (track 9)
  • Maryham Blacksher – viola (track 12)
  • Vernetta Bobien – background vocals (track 3)
  • Randy Bowland – guitar (track 8)
  • Tom Brick – mastering
  • Marco Bruno – assistant engineer (tracks 5, 11)
  • Dave Chappelle – performer (track 1)
  • James Clark – keyboards (track 12)
  • Cocoa Brovaz – featured performers (track 5)
  • Erick Coomes – bass (tracks 1, 10)
  • Morgan Michael Craft – guitar (track 2)
  • Dave Dar – engineer (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10-15), mixing (track 1)
  • Dahoud Darien – producer (track 6)
  • Abby Dobson – background vocals (track 3)
  • Duane Eubanks – trumpet (tracks 3, 8)
  • G-Man – mixing assistant (tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11-13, 15)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (tracks 3, 4, 14)
  • Savion Glover – tap dance (track 13)
  • Chinua Hawk – background vocals (track 3)
  • J Dilla – producer (track 13)
  • Junior Cat – intro vocals (track 5)
  • Eric Krasno – producer (track 1)
  • Talib Kweli – main performer, co-producer (track 8), arranger (track 1), executive producer
  • Stephanie McKay – chorus vocals (track 4)
  • Megahertz – producer (tracks 2, 5)
  • Aisha Mike – additional vocals (track 8)
  • Vinia Mojica – featured performer (track 13)
  • Mos Def – featured performer (track 7)
  • Joe Nardone – engineer (tracks 1, 3, 5-9, 11-13, 15), assistant engineer (tracks 4, 8)
  • Axel Niehaus – mixing (tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11-13, 15)
  • Novel – featured performer (track 13)
  • Tiffany Phinazee – chorus vocals (track 4)
  • Pino Palladino – bass (track 8)
  • Pharoahe Monch – featured performer (track 9)
  • Neil Pogue – engineer (track 13), mixing (track 7)
  • James Poyser – keyboards (tracks 8, 13)
  • Emmanuel Pratt – violin (track 8)
  • DJ Quik – featured performer, producer, and mixing (track 10)
  • Michael Rapaport – skit performer (tracks 5, 13)
  • Res – featured performer (track 12)
  • Kendra Ross – background vocals (track 3)
  • Jeymes Samuel– background vocals (track 11)
  • DJ Scratch – producer (track 4)
  • Corey Smyth – executive producer
  • The Soulquarians – producers (track 8)
  • William Taylor – background vocals (track 3)
  • Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson – drums (track 8)
  • Dave West – producer (track 15)
  • Kanye West – producer (tracks 3, 9, 14), additional vocals (track 9)
  • Doug Wimbish – bass (tracks 2, 5)
  • Xzibit – additional vocals (track 2)

Chart positions

Album

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[22] 21
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 6

Singles

Song Chart (2002) Peak
position
"Good to You" US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[31] 95
"Waitin' For The DJ" US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[32] 77
Song Chart (2003) Peak
position
"Get By" US Billboard Hot 100[25] 77
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[32] 29
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[33] 16

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[34] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Christopher. "Black Star, Common, Rah Digga Rap In Protest Of NY Police Shooting". MTV. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mistry, Anupa. "On record: Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star". CBC Radio 3. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Vineyard, Jennifer. "Talib Kweli Promises New Black Star LP, Rejoices At Demise Of Bling Bling". MTV. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Reflection Eternal - Train Of Thought". HipHopDX. 2000-11-07. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ Dansby, Andrew (15 November 2002). "Talib Kweli Ups the "Quality"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Black Star Alum Kweli Offers 'Quality'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Reviews for Quality by Talib Kweli". Metacritic. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Huey, Steve. "Quality – Talib Kweli". AllMusic. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Lewis, Miles Marshall (December 2002). "Talib Kweli: Quality". Blender (12): 145. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (December 6, 2002). "Talib Kweli: Quality". The Guardian. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Chonin, Neva (December 29, 2002). "Kweli's Gift of Gab". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Sterling, Scott T. (December 1, 2002). "Talib Kweli 'Quality' (Rawkus)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Chennault, Sam (December 10, 2002). "Talib Kweli: Quality". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Caramanica, Jon (January 3, 2003). "Talib Kweli: Quality". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Breakdown". Spin. 19 (2): 99. February 2003. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  17. ^ Jones, Steve (November 26, 2002). "Talib Kweli, Quality". USA Today.
  18. ^ Berry, Elizabeth Mendez (December 2002). "Talib Kweli: Quality". Vibe. 10 (12): 204. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "Quality by Talib Kweli". MTV. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  20. ^  . "Talib Kweli: Quality". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-05.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  21. ^ a b Neal, Mark Anthony. "Talib Kweli's Beautiful Struggle". PopMatters. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Talib Kweli Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  23. ^ a b "Talib Kweli Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  24. ^ a b Ahmed, Insanul. "Talib Kweli Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs". Complex. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  25. ^ a b "Talib Kweli Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  26. ^ Cantor, Paul. "25 Hip-Hop Artists People Think Are One-Hit Wonders (But Totally Aren't)". Complex. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  27. ^ a b Markman, Rob. "Kanye West Owes Rap Success To 'Technique,' Not Talib Kweli". MTV. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  28. ^ Cantor, Paul. "Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  29. ^ Cooper, Roman. "Talib Kweli Recalls That "No One Wanted To Hear Kanye [West] Rap"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  30. ^ a b Quality (booklet). Rawkus. 2002.
  31. ^ "Talib Kweli awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  32. ^ a b "Talib Kweli Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  33. ^ "Talib Kweli Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  34. ^ "American album  certifications – Talib Kweli – Quality". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 June 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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