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Talib Kweli Writes Essay In Defense Of Lauryn Hill

Talib Kweli and Lauryn Hill were peers in the late-’90s conscious-rap boom, but even before either one of them ever got on as a rapper, they were college friends. And in a new essay, Kweli writes about knowing Hill, watching her grow into megastardom and make classic records. He also writes about the time she’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Watch Talib Kweli Go Off On CNN’s Don Lemon During Ferguson Interview

In the past week and a half, plenty of artists have had plenty to say about the tragic killing of Michael Brown and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Talib Kweli has been there for a few days, and earlier today, he became the latest to appear on CNN, speaking with Do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Stream Kool A.D. Word O.K.

The former Das Racist member Kool A.D. has released a shit-ton of solo material since his crew broke up a couple of years ago, but his new album Word O.K., released onto the internet on what seems like a whim last night, may be the easiest-yet entry point to his solo music (even if it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2014 - 8:58 am

Watch Talib Kweli Play Fallon With Bilal & The Roots

The forever-sincere backpack-rap vet Talib Kweli is old buddies with the Roots, so anytime he’s got new music coming out, it’s a fair bet he’ll end up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with the band backing him up. Kweli’s new album Prisoner Of Conscious is out soon, so last night, he was on Fallo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013 - 10:06 am

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D’Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

In this space, I usually try to write something about whatever connecting threats might run through the five videos I pick for the week. That’s not happening this week. I absolutely cannot think of a single thing that these five videos have in common with one another, other than me enjoying all of them. So:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Talib Kweli – “Push Thru” Video (Feat. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar)

On his new single “Push Thru,” underground rap lifer recruited two of his up-and-coming younger peers in Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. And in the beautifully photographed new video, directors Scott Fleishman and Fredo Tovar film all three rappers in their native locales: New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles. It helps that all three places are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Talib Kweli – “Push Thru” (Feat. Curren$y & Kendrick Lamar)

Underground rap veteran Talib Kweli is working on a new album with the utterly detestable title Prisoner Of Conscious, and he’s just released a collaboration with two of the sharpest, most dependably prolific younger MCs on the scene today, Curren$y and Kendrick Lamar. On the track’s hazy, slow-rolling beat, all three guys sound pretty comfortable… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2012 - 9:29 am

Das Racist & Talib Kweli – “The Actual”

Recently, a bunch of Brooklyn-based artists came together in Bushwick to create the Eastern District Presents Mosholu compilation, a release featuring folks like Talib Kweli, Das Racist, Spank Rock, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Machine Gun Kelly and many more. Today, we’ve got Das Racist and Talib Kweli’s collaboration “The Actual,” a track where a twisty… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Black Star Play “Little Brother,” “You Already Knew” For Fallon

Last night, Mos Def and Talib Kweli revived Black Star for a pair of performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, first performing a new song, “You Already Knew,” before hitting the J Dilla-produced “Little Brother” from The Hurricane soundtrack. With the legendary Roots crew in step, it’s just as smooth as you’re imagining it… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 4, 2012 - 9:48 am

Rock Stars Occupy Wall Street: A Photo Diary

It’s a full-on revolution down at Occupy Wall Street right now; the contingent seems to be growing every day, with no sign that it will be relenting any time soon. People are pissed and enacting their democratic right, and there’s a lot to be said about that. The movement’s growing size has stoked a media… More »

By: Stereogum / October 25, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Black Star’s Mos Def And Talib Kweli Do The Colbert Report

Way the hell back in 1998, underground-rap leading lights Mos Def and Talib Kweli teamed up to record the collaborative album Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star. They’ve both stayed plenty busy in the years since, but beyond the odd one-off collab or show, Black Star haven’t returned as a duo since that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2011 - 9:24 am

The 8 Best Videos Of The Week

The best videos this week include new clips from Sleigh Bells, Cloud Nothings, Talib Kweli, No Age, and Warm Ghost. It’s too bad Sleigh Bells’ video didn’t come out last week — it would have fit the theme of inter-band violence. Maybe being in a two-person band means you can only take your anger out… More »

By: jessica / January 28, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Kanye West – “Chain Heavy”

Yesterday we decided against dedicating a post to Yeezy’s Today cancellation, choosing instead to update our Lauer V. Kanye report to acknowledge this @KanyeWest’s tweet: “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up.'” So, to get you… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 13, 2010 - 11:41 pm

Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, And Two Dirty Projectors Did Fallon

This Black Star reunion from the night before Thanksgiving features DP’s Amber and Haley along with the Roots on “History” from Mos’s The Ecstatic LP. A(nother) hat tip to the Fallon show for doing awesome things on the somewhat regular. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am

New Scratch (Feat. Damon Albarn & Talib Kweli) – “Too Late”

While the Roots crew is giving late night television a musical facelift, their one-time DJ/beatboxer dude Scratch has assembled a heavyweight constellation of cameo talent for his second post-Phrenology solo LP. Tracks feature Kanye, Estelle, fellow Philly guy Musiq, Consequence, etc., but “Too Late” wins our vote for best cameo from a former member of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 23, 2009 - 11:34 am

New Talib Kweli – Liberation

Circumventing the inevitable leak, Talib’s making a New Year’s gift of his collab with Madlib, offering up the entire, nine-track effort as a free zip. This from the man who made Kool-Aid say “Oh Yeah”‘s MySpace:Happy New Year! Liberation is here! Shout out to my brother Mad Lib, for being so creative and inspirational, and… More »

By: Stereogum / January 2, 2007 - 2:23 pm