Brooklyn native, Talib Kweli, has long been a mainstay of our super summer spins...meaning those tracks that we like to blast with the car windows down on hot August days. And while living in NYC has all but made vehicle ownership a moot point, his hot slices are easily as transferable to pumping through speakers while you jam out during a rooftop BBQ. C'mon...you know you've all done it before.
In anticipation of his and Hi-Tek's collaborative Reflection Eternal project, complete with a new album titled Revolutions Per Minute (due out May 18), the quick-lipped emcee joined forces with DJ Chaps to compile a pretty rad mixtape. Through Blacksmith Records, the pair just released Early Mourning Signs, 18 tracks of mixed, mashed, and mental wordsmithings.
The mixtape is available as a free download here, and you can cop the entire track list below. As a bonus, I'm tossing out one of my favorite cuts from the mix, as well as the first official single from Talib and Tek's forthcoming album: Midnight Hour features Estelle on vocals, and yum yum, it is tasty!
1. Early Mourning Signs Intro
2. Midnight Hour - Reflection Eternal ft Estelle
3. Sour Patch Kids RMX - Asher Roth ft Talib Kweli & Blu
4. Stylo - Gorillas ft Mos Def & Bobby Womack
5. Music Ain't Business - ft Jean Grae & Wale (prod. by Zeferiah)
6. Get On Your Job - ft. Krondon & Phil the Agony (prod. by Madlib)
7. Yankee Fitted - Bad Seed ft Talib Kweli & Mims (prod. by Kleph Dollaz)
8. Slow Down Son freestyle
9. Nothing Less Than - Reflection Eternal
10. Pressure - Strong Arm Steady/Madlib ft Sick Jacken
11. Life's A Bitch - Fashawn ft Talib Kweli
12. Prowler Part 2 - Ski Beatz ft Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, Mos Def
13. Astro Turf - ft Oh No
14. Chitlins and Pepsi - Strong Arm Steady/Madlib ft Planet Asia
15. Stick Up Dance - Jean Grae
16. Trunk Music - Strong Arm Steady ft The Game
17. Bedroom Lights RMX - Idle Warship ft Kardinal Offishall
18. Strangers (Paranoid) - Reflection Eternal ft Bun B
mp3: Reflection Eternal (featuring Estelle) - Midnight Hour
mp3: Jean Grae - Stick Up Dance