Talib Kweli Recalls Meeting MC Hammer

The Brooklyn MC speaks on recording Black Star material at MC Hammer's studio.

Posted: 01/27/2011 12:57 PM EST

Twitter's sure produced some odd pairings in recent memory.

Complimentary tweets between Kanye West and Justin Bieber led to the two pop stars teaming up with Raekwon for a remix of Biebz's "Runaway."

More recently, Talib Kweli revealed that he and Mos Def recorded a few Black Star songs at MC Hammer's home studio last summer. Again, it all started on Twitter.

"We did a show in Oakland with Dave Chapelle at a comedy club," Kweli told BET.com. "Hammer is somebody I befriended on Twitter. He was like, ‘Yo, I heard you’re in town. You wanna do some work? I have a studio.’”


He continued: "There’s sort of a running joke Mos Def has with me. Mos Def is always making fun of me; he’s like, 'You’ll just hang out with any rapper.' I seen him in the hallway and I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m about to go f**k with Hammer.’ Mos was like, 'I would love to hang out with Hammer.’ So, Hammer came to pick me up and we went to the studio and it wasn’t a plan necessarily to do Black Star songs, but we ended up recording a couple of things."

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