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The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’
In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
July 1, 2016
Watch Amy Schumer Rap ‘Get Em High’ With Talib Kweli in Chicago
Comedian and Trainwreck star Amy Schumer joined rapper Talib Kweli onstage at their joint show (at Constellation) in Chicago last night for a performance of the…
August 26, 2015
Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Mastodon, More To Appear On ‘Game of Thrones’ Mixtape
Before the most recent season of Game of Thrones, HBO put together a compilation of rap tracks themed after the show called Catch the Throne.
March 7, 2015
Talib Kweli Tells CNN’s Don Lemon How to Do His Job in Ferguson
Talib Kweli's known for being one of hip-hop's strongest wordsmiths not just because of his lyrical wit but also his political, cultural, and social —…
August 21, 2014
J. Cole Murders Miguel in ‘Power Trip’ Video, Talib Kweli Steals His Mojo for ‘Come Here’
Back in February we shared "Power Trip," a J. Cole song about obsession that features a clutch assist from Alt-R&B king Miguel. The track hails…
April 9, 2013
Prince Will Let Other People Perform His Music at Carnegie Hall Concert for Charity
The Roots, Talib Kweli, Living Colour, and more will pay tribute to Prince for an annual benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on March 7, the New York…
January 4, 2013
Labor Day Brings New Music From Lil Wayne and Gunplay (But Not Missy Elliott)
"You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy," Nicki Minaj raps over Kanye West's menacing "Mercy" keyboard plinks on a track from Lil Wayne's new…
September 4, 2012
Talib Kweli, ‘Gutter Rainbows’ (Javotti Media/3D)
Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has a talent for summing up ambitious concepts in powerfully concise phrases, whether it's 2004's The Beautiful Struggle or 2007's Eardrum.
January 25, 2011
New Albums: Iron & Wine, Wanda Jackson + 19 More!
Here's our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:…
January 25, 2011
Watch It: Talib Kweli’s Apocalyptic Video
On Talib Kweli's new album Gutter Rainbows, the brainy rapper says he got big inspiration from Holden Caulfield, the angst-ridden anti-hero from J.D. Salinger's The…
January 24, 2011
John Lennon’s Letters, Hear Talib’s New LP + More
January 21, 2011
FREE DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli on New Music & More
Whether it's his collaboration with partner Mos Def on 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, one of the most influential rap records…
January 20, 2011
Preview: Five Hot Sundance Music Documentaries
Film buffs and industry veterans flock to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, each year to get a glimpse of the next Quentin…
January 19, 2011
Snoop Dogg’s New Protege: Buzz Aldrin!?!
Rapper Snoop Dogg knows how to get high. But neither he nor any of his usual collaborators have been higher than his new partner-in-rhyme.
June 24, 2009
Mos Def and Talib Kweli Reunite as Black Star
When are reunion shows not just about a nostalgic dollar day? When the music and message still have the same vibrant snap of relevance that…
June 1, 2009
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