Eloquent and unapologetic, Ellis works as a lyrical triple threat on "Education." First, he pulls stories from his life: On the Styles P-assisted single "Misled," Ellis intricately raps about playing college basketball in Elkins, W.Va., or the "one place on the planet a black man should not be," and the interracial hookups it led to. Second, he ponders larger issues: On "Yellow Brick Road," he considers using pending fame as a platform to express his suspicions of the U.S. government. Third, Ellis, a natural braggart, often injects levity to tracks with effortless wit, never allowing a subject matter's heaviness to bog down the overall experience. In other words, he talks that talk.