Talib Kweli is a hip hop veteran who’s dropped 9 albums since the turn of the century. DJ Hi-Tek has also been around the block, releasing 5 albums including three self-titled albums (Hi-Teknology). Even so, the hip-hop duo Reflection Eternal is not yet a household name. Before the release of Revolutions Per Minute last May, the group’s first album Train of Thought was largely unnoticed. However, Reflection Eternal’s relative obscurity might benefit its long-term success; those who are familiar with Reflection Eternal afford the group tremendous respect, resulting in a steady stream of new listeners looking for the next big group. The not-quite-mainstream feel creates a culture of “I fuck with Reflection Eternal!” attitude.
One explanation for Reflection Eternal’s status outside the mainstream bubble is the time between album releases. In 2000, Talib and Hi-Tek dropped Train of Thought. A decade later in 2010, the group released Revolutions Per Minute. Anyone familiar with Talib Kweli’s and Hi-Tek’s musical styles knows what to expect from the Reflection Eternal albums: Hi-Tek’s beats can be characterized by the use of thumpy instrumental bass, a multitude of percussion instruments, horns, a keyboard, and a short intro. Talib’s delivery is on point as usual. The lyricism is first rate and he spits his rhymes with the patience and control of a veteran.
The first three tracks posted below are from Train of Thought (2000). The Blast is a classic. The next four tracks are from Revolutions Per Minute (2010). If you like any of these songs, just download both albums. I fuck with Reflection Eternal!