By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Even though fans are being held over with “Liberation”, the free album that Talib Kweli and Madlib gave away in January, fans are still clamoring for Talib’s official release. Well, it looks like “Eardrum,” Talib’s new album is officially set to drop on July 24.

      In a statement Kweli says the album’s title comes from "the image of the ear and of the drum, which are powerful enough by themselves, but put them together and it’s an instrument in your body that helps you hear. They’re also two very simple, yet powerful words. I wanted to focus on finding a sound that makes you move, and that’s where the word ‘eardrum’ popped in my head. We need to challenge our audience, but we also need to challenge ourselves to know that whatever our new experiences are, we can write about them, be creative, and bring that to an audience without them feeling alienated."

      The album features appearances from UGK, Jean Grae, Norah Jones, Raheem DeVaughn and KRS-One with production from Madlib, Kwame, Hi-Tek, Kanye West and Will.I.Am. Talib is currently headlining the Virgin College Mega tour that has already L.A., San Diego, the University of Arizona and University of West Virginia. The tour ends today at the University of Rochester in New York. Here’s the official tracklist for ‘Eardrum’:

 

"Everything Man"

"NY Weather Report"

"Hostile Gospel"

"Say Something"

"Country Cousins"

"Holy Moly"

"Eat to Live"

"In the Mood"

"Soon the New Day"

"Electrify"

"Hell"

"More or Less"

"The Perfect Beat"

"Hot Thing"

"Oh My Stars"

"Listen"