Cornel West - Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations

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Personnel: Darryl Moore, Chuckii Booker, IRIZ, Lucky Witherspoon, Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Woodruff, Neo Abyss, Dave Hollister, Gerald Levert, The Ambassador, Jill Scott, KRS-One, Killer Mike , Lenny Williams , M1, Malik Yusef, Andr‚ 3000, Prince, Rah Digga, Rhymefest, Talib Kweli, Waynee Wayne, Black Thought, Tavis Smiley, Doey Rock. The thought and purpose behind the second album by Dr. Cornel West, professor of religion and member of the African-American Studies Department at Princeton, is certainly an important, even noble one: reclaim hip-hop as a progressive political and artistic tool for the black community. Rap music, like blues and jazz before it, evolved from an expression of the social conditions that impacted African-Americans, and grew from there into the megalith it is today, and its effect on youth is apparent. So he gathered up a fairly impressive roster of forward-thinking black musicians and set to work on Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, a collection of 16 tracks that aims to explore and address ideas and problems that relate specifically to the aforementioned situation. And it is in fact this roster -- Prince, M1 from Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Black Thought from the Roots, KRS-One, and Andr‚ 3000 being the most notable members -- that makes the record an actual musical accomplishment. Because despite Dr. West's intentions, and his ideas, his talents as a rapper are fairly limited, and his verbal contributions end up being some of the weaker points on the record. It is also most assuredly because of this that he shows up in a rather limited capacity, adding intermittent thoughts and introductions but letting the vocalists go off on their own. Prince's track, "Dear Mr. Man," is pretty great, and shows an angry side of his not often seen ("Ain't no sense in voting, same song with a different name/Might not be in the back of the bus, but it sure feels just the same," he yowls), as are the verses M1 and Talib Kweli both put down (...

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Dimensions 5.4x4.8x0.4
UPC 894096001269
Runtime 77 min.
Type Performer
Genre R&B
Sub Genre Underground/Alt Rap
Label Hidden Beach Recordings
Producer Prince; Saleem Asad; Corey 'Co-T' Tatum; Derrick "D.O.A." Allen; We Don't Play Even When We Play'in; Vernal Blake; Jill Scott; C
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Bushonomics
  • 2. America (400 Years)
  • 3. Still Here
  • 4. Dear Mr. Man
  • 5. 911
  • 6. The-N-Word
  • 7. Welcome 2 the Chi
  • 8. Mr. President
  • 9. Keep'in It P.I.
  • 10. Chronomentrophobia
  • 11. What Time Is It
  • 12. Soul Sista
  • 13. America (400 Years) Reprise
  • 14. Everything Gone Be Alright
  • 15. Man Gonna Getcha
  • 16. What a Matter Of
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists West, Cornel

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