On April 14, in the midst Kendrick Lamar mania, veteran New York rappers Talib Kweli Styles P dropped a solid EP, The Seven. The seven-song project delivered the heat that fans had been anticipating since the duo announced the joint effort in February, after dropping the Amadeus-produced single “Last Ones.”
Talib, who is undoubtedly one the most outspoken—and trolled—rappers on Twitter, and Styles P, who’s never been one to hold his tongue, have teamed up numerous times since P’s 2006 Time Is Money album on the track “Testify.” The Seven EP features production from 88-Keys, Oh No, Nottz, Marco Polo, Khrysis and Amadeus, as well as guest verses from Common, Rhapsody, The LOX and son the iconic Big Pun, Chris Rivers. The project is a well-crafted, concise set with little wasted space or unnecessary filler.
Sharing similar political views and reputations for being bar heavy, the two trade timely, potent gems about everything from police brutality and racism in America, to good old-fashioned sucker MC shaming. Here at XXL, we’ve put together a list 20 the best lines from the EP.