girl on guy 50: talib kweli
June 5, 2012
when rap luminaries want to pay respect to the most influential lyricists of our time, like as not, they name-drop talib kweli.
after underground success with mood and reflection eternal, kweli exploded onto the scene as one-half of the seminal collaboration black star. and while that one-off effort with mos def produced just a single album (all that was ever intended) fans swear black star has been around for years and produced multiple records, so impactful was that album’s creative effect.
black star’s outward ripples still shake hip-hop today, almost twenty years later, a collaboration at once epochal and apocryphal.
evidence: stars from kanye to jay-z to waka flocka flame point to talib as rap’s resident young buddha. laser-driven, unrelenting and dedicated to prolific output, wide-ranging collaboration, experimentation and lyrical excellence, talib may circle the twilight between radical creative innovation and widespread commercial success, but his focus never wavers, his flame never dips.
seated at the high table of conscious hip-hop alongside artists like the roots, common, lupe fiasco and tyler the creator, talib presides over an art form that he sees as ever-changing, holding a vision of a creative tent big enough to accommodate minaj and grae, nelly and yelawolf, l’il wayne and oddfuture in one massive, banging, aggressive fuckin’ hip-hop scrum.
talib kweli is the han solo of hip-hop. the tony stark of rap. yoda with a notebook and a mic. and after ten albums, two music labels, and countless mixtapes and collaborations, he is just getting warmed up.
join blazing hip-hop icon talib kweli and aisha as they slice up battling in the park, cutting brooklyn tech, hip-hop as jazz, building an artistic army, rejecting creative judgement, being a shark, staying prolific, fighting commercialism, and hating your pandora station.
plus kanye shuts down the mall, and black star is the cher of hip-hop.
girl on guy stays sucka free.
on this episode
- get it on itunes
- the blast, hi-tek, talib kweli, vinia mojica (reflection eternal)
- astronomy (8th light), black star (mos def & talib kweli are...)
- this means you, hi-tek, mos def, talib kweli (reflection eternal)
- the floor, idle warship (habits of the heart)
- palookas (feat. sean price), talib kweli (gutter rainbows)
- cold rain, talib kweli (single)
- get by, talib kweli (quality)
- get it all on itunes
don’t play this for your mom.