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Last night, Kweli hopped on Twitter to provide some additional details about the producers and collaborators that he is working with this time around. "Working on #gutterrainbows tonight," he wrote. "New album ft Madlib, MPhazes, Ski Beatz, Hi-Tek, Shuko, Symbolic1, NickSpeed, Blaqtoven, EJones word!"
When he made the initial announcement about 'Gutter Rainbows,' Kweli explained the origin of the album's evocative visual title came from a certain coming-of-age literary classic.
"I read 'Catcher In The Rye' when I was in Europe a few months ago and I didn't really enjoy, but one thing that I took from it was that reference," he recalled. "The character actually says 'gasoline rainbows' in the book. I was like, 'Wow.' I've always wanted to call a song 'Gutter Rainbows' -- just because of the rainbows that you see when the oil and the water mix in the gutter -- and do a song based on that. I just remember being a little kid and finding beauty in that, and how you have to find beauty in stuff like that when you in the hood. But that reference -- him noticing the gasoline rainbows in New York City, and just the character's love for New York City -- are what attracted to me to that phrase. Somebody else got it, so it made me feel like it was more than just a song. Maybe it was an album."