Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Grab Bag of Talib Kweli Joints

Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1974, Talib Kweli Greene has become known as a bit of a jack-of-all-trades within the hip-hop community. Perhaps best known for his team-effort album with Mos Def -- the two rap superstars combined in 1998 to make "Blackstar" -- Kweli has established himself as a serious music staple both a solo artist and a collaborator.
Kweli means "truth" in Swahili

In my mind, Kweli is by far the most innovative lyricist alive in the game today. I might even go as far as to say that his intricate, rhymes, metaphors and phraseology are near impossible to top. Then again, I'm a sucker for rap that's actually intelligent and doesn't effuse misogyny, drug abuse and spinning "22s."

Kweli is also know for his collaborations with Cincinnati-based DJ "Hi-Tek" --the duo joined forces to become Reflection Eternal and has cranked out two full studio albums over the years, as well as a smattering of singles. 

Reflection Eternal is best known, by far, for "The Blast"

Anyone who calls themselves a rap/hip-hop pundit knows just how talented Kweli truly is. (Few people know that Kweli was one of Kanye West's biggest influences while he was coming up through the music industry).

So, without further ado, check out some awesome tracks of this infamous "BKMC."

"History" feat. Mos Def

"Strangers" by Reflection Eternal

"Respiriation" by Blackstar

Blaqstarr - War Of Roses ft. Talib Kweli by BlaqstarrMusic

P.S. Whatever happened to the "Talib Kweli" movie? Seriously.

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