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Talib Kweli    

Emcee, Activist & Co-Owner of Blacksmith Music Label

The Brooklyn-based MC earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years.

“I’m a touring artist. I’m an artist that’s internationally known. I’m not just a local artist at this point in my career. I’m cognizant of the fact that what I do is beyond where it started. I’m trying to reach the apex of where I am now, but without turning my back on or dismissing what I’ve done before.”

After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books.

Speech Topics


Hip-Hop as a Tool for Social Activism

The Beautiful Struggle: A Dialogue with Talib Kweli

The Middle Ground Between Spirituality and Atheism

The Art of the Emcee

News


Talib Kweli on Touring With Macklemore and Homophobia in Hip-Hop

A veteran of Rock the Bells, Talib Kweli returned to the hip-hop festival this weekend as the annual rap extravaganza kicked off its tenth anniversary.

Talib Kweli Sets New Album Date; No Plans for Black Star | Music ...

In the 15 years since Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey then Mos Def released their hip- hop breakthrough together under the name Black Star, the MCs have eac.

Talib Kweli Surprise-Releases Free Album, 'F--k the Money' | Rolling ...

Talib Kweli surprise-released his new album Fuck the Money for free on Friday, featuring the capitalism-blasting title track.

Watch Amy Schumer Rap a Kanye West Song With Talib Kweli | TIME

Schumer joined rapper Talib Kweli at a Chicago venue Tuesday night for a joint show, where they teamed up to perform Kanye West's 2004 hit “Get 'Em High.

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