R.A. The Rugged Man and Talib Kweli . Aside from their tracks appearing on the same Rawkus era compilation albums like Soundbombing I & II , these two rap cats had never linked up on wax before, and it’s not hard to see why. Known for vastly diff’rent lyrical content (R.A. renowned for raw, blood-and-guts shock; Talib noted for socially conscious work), the pairing, at first glance, seems like Charles Manson and MLK becoming BFFs. Yet, as the Mr. Green -produced “Learn Truth” clearly shows, two top-notch MC’s can always find ways to mesh together well. As the song title suggests, R.A., who can spit some thought-provoking shit , and Talib do the knowledge and compel you to listen.
“… the trust is gone from the Neocons to Barack Obam / America eats its young, from Casey Anthony to the Octomom…” —Talib Kweli