Talib Kweli’s last project was the 2010 Reflection Eternal album with Hi-Tek, but he’s ready for his first new solo album since 2007’s Eardrum.
Last month, the rapper announced that he was putting the finishing touches on the album, titled Gutter Rainbows, and that it’d be “available sooner than you think.”
However, details have been scarce so far.
On Twitter (@RealTalibKweli) this week, Kweli revealed some of its guest features and producers: Madlib, MPhazes, Ski Beatz, Hi-Tek, Shuko, Symbolic1, NickSpeed, Blaqtoven, and EJones.
When he made the initial announcement about Gutter Rainbows, Kweli explained the origin of the album’s evocative visual title came from a certain coming-of-age literary classic.
“I read Catcher In The Rye when I was in Europe a few months ago and I didn’t really enjoy, but one thing that I took from it was that reference,” he recalled. “The character actually says ‘gasoline rainbows’ in the book. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I’ve always wanted to call a song ‘Gutter Rainbows’ — just because of the rainbows that you see when the oil and the water mix in the gutter — and do a song based on that.
“I just remember being a little kid and finding beauty in that, and how you have to find beauty in stuff like that when you in the hood,” Kweli continued. “But that reference — him noticing the gasoline rainbows in New York City, and just the character’s love for New York City — are what attracted to me to that phrase. Somebody else got it, so it made me feel like it was more than just a song. Maybe it was an album.”
At press time, there was no release date for the album.