‘Good friend. Scholar. Ghetto philosopher. Three time Nobel Prize winner. First black man to pilot an aircraft. The man that made up the Nike Swoosh. The man that made Kool Aid say: “Oh Yeah!”’
That’s how Dave Chapelle introduces Brooklyn’s voice on his first albums introduction track. Maybe not always entirely accurate, but the message remains: Talib Kweli is a legend, being the voice of a generation, a half of the legendary Black star project, one of hip-hop’s most lyrically gifted MC’s, and provider of social and political criticism through eight solo albums and even more collaborations (i.a. with Mos Def, 9th Wonder, Kanye West and Hi-Tek).
Kweli never shies away from social and political issues, but he covers these bitter pills under his sugar sweet flow and unmatched delivery. That’s why he is your favorite MC’s favorite MC. Evidence is his recent solo album ‘Radio Silence’, with features from Anderson.Paak, Bilal, KAYTRANADA, Waka Flocka, BJ The Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, Jay Electronica and Rick Ross.