Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle (Rawkus) New York MC Talib Kweli wears a badge of underground edge. The antagonistic, socially conscious Kweli is best known as a political poet who raps with intelligence and realistic grit. But, caught in a moment when Kanye West, The Neptunes and OutKast are redefining hip-hop, he seems to be grasping for his slice of the chart pie. Consequently, his sophomore outing is caught between disappointing long-time fans and failing to woo the uninitiated. The biggest flaw is the lack of musical chops to match his flair at the mic - and a few tracks simply fizzle out. Although Kweli can flow with the best, the repetitive mono-beats don't cut it for radio or dancefloor play. Perhaps hoping to broaden his musical horizons, Kweli has roped in many friends. And the collaboration with The Neptunes, Broken Glass, is packed with guts and funk. The Afrika Bambaataa-style electro-rock on We Got the Beat, featuring Res, lacks originality, but is undeniably catchy. And the Just Blaze track, Never Been in Love, is reminiscent of the romanticism of a Nelly-Jaheim duet. The highlight of the set, however, is the title track. It's a kicking track, and aptly describes Kweil's stop-start career.