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Talib Kweli

September 19th, 2014

Birth Name:
Talib Kweli Greene

Born:
Talib Kweli

Genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s




Talib Kweli

Biography

If skills sold, Talib Kweli would have been one of the most commercially successful rappers of his time. As it was, however, the earnest MC became one of the most critically successful rappers of his time, which dawned in the late '90s when he rapped alongside Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. This trio of up-and-comers and their widely acclaimed self-titled 1998 album debut, Black Star, helped make Rawkus Records one of the premier underground rap outposts of the late '90s. Kweli and Hi-Tek then collaborated as a duo on Reflection Eternal (2000), which firmly established them apart from Mos Def, who had gone solo. For a moment there, Kweli and his Rawkus associates seemed like a full-fledged movement — a return to the sort of hip-hop associated with the so-called golden age. However, it wasn't to be. Rawkus somehow lost its momentum, and its roster sadly dispersed, leaving Kweli on his own to carry the torch. He continued his output, beginning with a proper solo debut, Quality (2002), and though he didn't rack up towering sales numbers, he remained a critical favorite. In fact, he was one of the most admired and respected rappers on the major-label circuit during the mid-2000s, best evidenced by Jay-Z's famous Black Album rhyme: “If skills sold, truth be told/I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”

Top Albums


1. Purest Heart..

2. Mos Def &amp..

3. Eardrum

4. Reflection E..

5. Gutter Rainb..

6. The Beautifu..

7. Prisoner of ..

8. Quality

9. Reflection E..

10. Reflection E..

11. Gutter Rainb..

12. Right About ..

13. Quality

14. Prisoner of ..

15. The Beautifu..

16. Refried Mac ..

17. Reflection E..

18. We Run This,..

19. Prisoner of ..

20. I Try – EP

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
Purest Heart Purest Heart – Single 2:38 $1.29
2.
Get By Quality 3:47 $1.29
3.
Purest Heart Purest Heart – Single 2:38 $1.29
4.
I Try Beautiful Struggle 4:25 $1.29
5.
Push Thru Push Thru (feat. Kendrick L.. 5:00 $1.29
6.
Come Here (feat. Miguel) Prisoner of Conscious (Delu.. 4:27 $1.29
7.
Ms. Hill Right About Now: The Offici.. 3:44 $0.99
8.
Never Been In Love Beautiful Struggle 5:00 $1.29
9.
Rare Portraits Gravitas 3:50 $0.99
10.
Nature (feat. Justin Timberlake) Eardrum 5:01 $0.99
11.
Hot Thing (feat. will.i.am) Eardrum 3:48 $1.29
12.
Blast Rawkus Records: Best of Dec.. 3:44 $0.99
13.
Get By Quality 3:47 $1.29
14.
Beautiful Struggle Beautiful Struggle 4:04 $0.99
15.
Colors of You (feat. Mike Posner) Gravitas 3:26 $0.99
16.
Lover's Peak Gravitas 1:59 $0.99
17.
Art Imitates Life (feat. Black Thoug.. Gravitas 3:47 $0.99
18.
What's Real (feat. Res) Gravitas 4:27 $0.99
19.
Wormhole Gravitas 4:10 $0.99
20.
New Leaders (feat. The Under Achieve.. Gravitas 5:06 $0.99
21.
Violations (feat. Raekwon) Gravitas 3:37 $0.99
22.
State of Grace (feat. Abby Dobson) Gravitas 5:54 $0.99
23.
Demonology (feat. Big K.R.I.T. &.. Gravitas 3:55 $0.99
24.
Inner Monologue Gravitas 3:47 $0.99
25.
Get Your Way (Sex Is a Weapon) Man With the Iron Fists (Or.. 4:10 $1.29

Top Music Videos


1. Get By

2. Hot Thing / In..

3. I Try

4. Get By

5. Waitin' for th..

6. Get By

7. The Proud

8. Strangers (Par..

9. Get By (Chyron..

10. Strangers (Par..

11. Push Thru (fea..

12. Where It Start..

13. In This World

14. Back Again

15. How You Love M..

16. Come Here (fea..

17. One Step (feat..

18. High Life (fea..

19. Push Thru (fea..

20. Hamster Wheel


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