With Talib Kweli’s independent album, Gutter Rainbows, due out in a few weeks, he’s decided to leak another track in anticipation of its release. “I’m On One” features the Brooklyn MC spitting over a production from Khrysis, also stylized as KHRYSIS!, who is perhaps known best for his work with Little Brother. While Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh might not sound at home on this pulsing production, Kweli is comfortable here over the echoing “oohs” and synthesizers. It’s not the best we have heard so far from Gutter Rainbows — that honor goes to “Cold Rain” — but it’s growing on me with repeated listens.
Stream “I’m On One” below. Gutter Rainbows drops Jan. 25.