Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli


Brooklyn,New York

Birth Name

Talib Kweli Greene



Also Known As

Talib, Black Star, Talib Kweli Greene
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Talib Kweli (born 1975) is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York City. As a youth, he was drawn to Afrocentric rappers, such as De La Soul and other members of the Native Tongues Posse and soon began recording with producer Hi Tek and rapper Mos Def. With Mos…more


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    • Talib: I think hip-hop is going to change with the people. I'm very cautious about getting caught up in that mind state, and somehow suggesting that Bush's presidency is good for hip-hop and will create a reaction.

    • Talib My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball… then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers… The most important thing I learnt was that you control your crowd, not the other way around. They would chastise the crowd for being too rowdy if it looked like people were gonna get hurt. That was cool.

    • Talib: I think once you're in the public eye, whether you're a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you're automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question.

    • Talib: God gave us music so we pray with our words.

    • Talib: I think we need to focus on working harder on other things that create a reaction and response other than waiting for the worst to happen. I think that's a dangerous mind state to be in because if we continue to think like that things will just keep getting worse and worse.

    • Talib: People can be inspired the way I've been inspired by music.

    • Talib on releasing albums in the "underground" level: It's a struggle, but it's a beautiful struggle.

    • Talib on releasing albums in the "underground" level: It's a struggle, but it's a beautiful struggle.

    • Talib: I guess I've learned that you have to travel. Traveling is a necessity in order to grow as a person. You have to see how other people are living around the world. So you can gain a real perspective.- when asked how was traveling around the globe on him.

    • Talib: You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract.

    • Talib: I think that the music is what attracts and draws to everything but it's not what's actually being sold. I don't make money off of selling music. I make money off of showing up at places and it's more the image than anything. If I didn't create the proper image I wouldn't have anything to sell. But I think that the music, when I say people don't do interviews about the music, I'd like to do interviews about specific songs, the motivation behind songs, the instruments, the musicians playing on the songs things like that.

    • Talib: You can read Shakespeare and that's cool for culture and everything, but if you can't explain accurately to a child why Old English will help them in life, then you might as well be teaching something else that relates to what's going on in their real life.

    • Talib on his albums: I was trying to be as honest with it as I can about my musical ideas and use the resources and experiences that I've attained to make the best possible ***t that your ears could possibly hear.

    • Talib on the Beastie Boys destroying rap: I think that's just some bulls**t. The Beastie Boys transcend the world of hip hop. They transcend the world of music. They are their own thing. When they were just in the world of hip hop, they were on their own thing. They came in down-by-law. What they've been able to develop is something I would like to develop: a fan base that goes with them wherever they go. Their new album is a straight hip hop album. It's more of a hip hop album than most of the hip hop albums that's out now. They just do what they to do and hopefully everybody can get to that point.

    • Talib on his album Beautiful struggle: This album is called 'Beautiful Struggle.' That's really what it's dealing with. It's dealing with people's struggle and trying to find the beauty in it.

    • Talib: Give me the fortune, keep the fame.

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  • Talib Kweli Rapper who focuses much of his content on social injustice has consistently brought great quality music and biting political commentary and satire into the forefront of his listeners minds!moreless

    Talib gets as many fans as he does derision from his music mostly from people who are afraid of his messages of empowerment to the subcultures of American Metropolises most notably those of African and Latin descent. A recent letter from an anonymous hater went on to explain why she thought that his efforts to educate are ueless..."SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the

    major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois said that there was an innate division in their culture. A "Talented Tenth" he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there aresegments of their culture that has achieved some "form" of success.However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn't read

    that the "Talented Tenth" was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented Ninety Percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their peopleor aids them in a condescending manner. They will never achieve what we

    have. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work togetheron any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get tog ether,their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their community.They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels,and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best

    speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness? They steadfastly refuse to see that Together each achieves MORE! They do not understand that they are no better than each other because of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the

    control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.

    Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read,continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are "helping"their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other

    than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don't worry about any of them reading this letter, remember, 'THEY DON'T READ!!!!" Talib countered that it is attitudes like this that keep him steadfast and determined to continue to represent truly what Rap is supposed to be about the uplift of his people. Mankind!moreless
  • This is what true raw rap comes from...

    Talib Kweli gives rap a good name. His flows are mad ill, he could ryhme about the sickest things. He could burn 99% of those fake ass wankstas that we see roaming around messing up what true hip hop and rap used to be. Talib is one of the all time greats, his words are both inspirational and raw. I love him! His songs have true meaning to them, if you hear the words you could hear all that is true. From poverty to life on the streets he could ryhme to any beat you throw at him. He should be out there getting recognition because he deserves but no he gets the respect he needs and always stays true to the REAL hip hop...moreless