Riff: Talib Kweli – “Upper Echelon”

May 6, 2013

The purity you need to get in the game is gone/Ain’t no conspiracy, stop looking for someone to blame it on/Gotta pay a debt, took a stale style and I made it fresh/Wait a second, got your girl wetter than tomato flesh, waiting on me with baited breath

from Upper Echelon lyrics by Talib Kweli

With Harry Fraud on the beat, Talib conjures up his inner beast – hype beast that is. He adopts a trendy sound, but underlines it with familiar Talib fanfare. It’s a cunning little move, but it’s a little too much of a stretch for Talib’s reach; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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