Shaun Boothe - "Concepts" (feat. Talib Kweli)

I love when two great emcees trade epic verses.  I love when the Beastie Boys or Dyme Def members deliver call-and-response lyrics, trading individual bars and words.  But there's something special about this song as Talib and Boothe go back-and-forth, each emcee spitting about four bars each before handing it off to the other.  The result is a very meta rapping about rapping about rapping track that, while making the listener feel trapped in a dream within a dream within a dream, sounds like a genuine conversation between two extremely talented emcees.

I'm lucky that this song came on shuffle today.  Off the Toronto-emcee's (upcoming?) Hip Hop in 3D mixtape, I've actually had this in my iTunes since it was released in December of 2009, but for some reason that I can't comprehend, let it slip through the cracks.  Given the laid-back sample and the rapport between Kweli and Boothe, I can honestly say that this is one of the best songs in months and I highly recommend the download.

Peace, Love, & Rap About Rap,

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