- Reflection Eternal
Infobox musical artist
Name = Reflection Eternal
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Brooklyn, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio
Genre = Hip Hop
Years_active = 1997–present
Rawkus Records Blacksmith Records
Talib Kweli Hi-Tek
The duo of Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek met in Tek's native
Cincinnati, Ohio, following the release of the Hi-Tek/Mood collaboration "Hustle on the Side". Kweli and Hi-Tek made their first official collaboration in 1997 on Mood's debut album, "Doom", on the track "Industry Lies". That same year, the two formed as Reflection Eternal, and signed to upstart underground hip hoplabel Rawkus Records. The tracks from their debut single, "Fortified Live" b/w "2000 Seasons", were included on the Rawkus Records compilation " Soundbombing" in October 1997. In 1998, Kweli and his high school friend, fellow Rawkus Records artist Mos Def, formed the duo Black Star, and released their first, and only album, "Black Star", to rave reviews. Hi-Tek provided production for a number of songs on the album, including the singles "Definition" and "Respiration". The album put the three at the forefront of the newly revived underground hip hop scene, and was followed by a number of acclaimed collaborations and albums. Kweli and Hi-Tek reconnected in 2000 for the release of their debut album, "Train of Thought". Though highly acclaimed, the release did not receive a significant amount of commercial attention, despite the success of the rap hits "Move Somethin'" and "The Blast".
Following the "Train of Thought" album, the duo split for solo projects, beginning with Hi-Tek's "
Hi-Teknology", released in 2001. The album didn't receive as much attention or as many sales as "Train of Thought", though the single "Round & Round" became a crossover hit in 2002. Kweli released his first solo album, "Quality", in late 2002. In a 2002 interview he also stated that another Reflection Eternal and Black Star album would be released, but neither have surfaced so far. [ [http://www.mvremix.com/urban/interviews/kweli.shtml :: MVRemix Interviews - Talib Kweli :: ] ] Hi-Tek was not involved with the project's production, instead featuring beats from artists like Kanye West, DJ Scratch, DJ Quik, Ayatollah and J Dilla. The Kanye West-produced single "Get By" became Kweli's biggest success, charting on the Billboard Hot 100in 2003. Kweli's second solo album, 2004's " The Beautiful Struggle", saw the duo working together once again, with three tracks produced by Hi-Tek. Kweli released his next album, "Ear Drum", in 2007. Hi-Tek released the follow-up to his debut, "", on October 17, 2006on Babygrande Records. The duo have also both announced that another Reflection Eternal album is in the works as of 2008 [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1570745/20070927/kweli_talib.jhtml] [http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=hitek] .
Reflection Eternal tracks
*"Fortified Live" (appears on the "
Soundbombing" compilation, 1997)
*"2000 Seasons" (also appears on the Soundbombing compilation, 1997)
*"The Manifesto" (appears on "
Lyricist Lounge, Volume One" compilation, 1998)
*"Chaos" (appears on the "
Soundbombing 2" compilation, 1999)
*"On Mission" (also appears on the "Soundbombing 2" compilation, 1999)
*"The Express" (from "The Express" single, 2000)
*"Train of Thought" (from the "The Blast" single, 2000)
*"Down for the Count (Solo Version)" (from "The Blast" single, 2000)
*"The Human Element" (from the "Unbound Project, Volume 1" compilation, 2000)
*"Sharp Shooters" (from the "
Lyricist Lounge 2" compilation, 2000)
*"Bridge to 'Bama (Remix)" (from the
Soulivesingle "Bridge to 'Bama", 2001)
*"Let Me See (Remix)" (by
*"Industry Lies" (from the Mood album "Doom", 1997)
*Songs from the
Mos Def& Talib Kweli "Black Star" album, 1998
*"Halfway" (from the
Brixxalbum " Everything Happens For A Reason)", 1999
*"Transmorgify" & "Empty Pages" (from the compilation "Mission Control Presents", 2000; both songs are by Mood)
*Songs from the Hi-Tek album "
*Songs from the Talib Kweli album "
The Beautiful Struggle", 2004
*Songs from the Hi-Tek album ", 2006
*Songs from the Talib Kweli album "Eardrum", 2006
*Songs from the Rawkus Records album "
Soundbombing II", 1999
In October 2007 it was announced Train of Thought 2 will come out Fall 2008.
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