talib kweli

new york city is the cradle of street culture, as a result, hip hop was born and raised in the five boroughs and talib kweli is as new york as a folded slice of pepperoni pizza.

ask any backpacker hip hop head what turned them onto the sub-genre and there’s a good chance they will credit black star. equal parts mos def and talib kweli, the brooklyn duo created a unique sound that was rich with well crafted, thought-provoking statements while backed up by the signature swagger of the new york mc.

since blackstar, mos def has gone on to do major motion films, host hbo’s def poetry jam and several critically acclaimed solo albums. while kweli has not garnered the same attention from the general public, he has been devotedly building his brand as an mc’s mc.

talib means “seeker” or “student” in arabic. when holding this knowledge up to his music, it makes me think about the value of a name and the consideration of nature versus nurture.

check out his most recent album revolutions per minute with hi-tek under the project name reflection eternal.

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