Talib Kweli

Rapper One of the most intellectually respected MCs in hip hop, Talib Kweli first came to prominence in 1998 as one half of the duo Black Star, whose classic album Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star, brought a sense of consciousness and Afro-centrism to hip hop, reminiscent of the Native Tongues era. Son of a University administrator and an English professor, the Brooklyn-born lyricist seemed destined to be a truth seeker by birthright. (“Talib” is the Arabic word for “student,” while Kweli is Swahili for “truth.”) He has collaborated with Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and DJ Hi Tek; his latest album is the independently released Gutter Rainbows. Kweli also serves as a spokesperson and mentor for P'Tones Records, a non-profit after-school music program for urban youth. The musician-activist made global headlines when he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 to join the community in protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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Brady Watt, Melanie Fiona Drop New Song, 'Natural'

Bass player preps his debut album, LIFETRONICS; talks working with the singer, Talib Kweli, and Joey Bada$$.

A History of Classic Hip Hop Songs Recorded at D&D Studio

Rap masterpieces created inside the legendary sound lab.

Dilla Day Weekend Heads to Miami

Annual celebration extends to three days, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, Pete Rock and others billed to perform.

Hip Hop Responds to the Murder of NYC Cops

Music stars encourage peace following police shootings.

Dee-1: 'The Cypher' Was a Turning Point in My Life

Former teacher speaks on getting schooled at Hip Hop Awards.

Music Stars React to the Ebola Crisis

Cam'ron, Chris Brown Akon and others speak on disease.
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