The NZA Posted August 27, 2004 Share Posted August 27, 2004 Here's a thread ive been meaning to bring back... Talib Kweli (arabic for "seeker of truth", as im told) and Mos Def are 2 of hip-hop's premeir conscious rappers, and overall, some of the finest the genre's seen. These versatile MC's will take on any subject, with lyrical prowess unheard of in mainstream hip-hop. Having met each other in high school, they composed "BlackStar" in 1999, the 2 were heralded for their work during a period when rap was really starting to show its commerical side. One track from this amazing album, "Thieves in the Night", can be found on our servers in mp3 format, upon request. Since then, they've done much on their own. Talib released "Quality" late in 2002, with one single actually getting some radio play: the Kanye West-produced classic, "Get By". Tracks like "Joy" talked about Kweli's discrepencies with hospitals, and his decision to have his son born at home, while "The Stand" talks about America post 9-11. His next album "The Beautiful Struggle" is due out September 28th of this year - an intresting date, as Nas supposedly has his double-album due then, as well as a new De La Soul alubm. Guest apparences will be by Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans & RES and production by Kayne West, Just Blaze, Hi-Tek, & Charlemagne. Being that it was bootlegged months back, I can tell you it's a great album, though I dont feel it was as strong as "Quality", personally. Now, the followup (also bootlegged), "A beautiful mixtape" was fun, featuring Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, Mos Def, Hi-Tek, Dave Chapelle, and many others. Mos Def. on the other hand, never ceases to amaze with his versatility. "Black on both sides" was a very strong solo effort, devoid of a weak track. Highlights, for me, were "Hip-hop" (talking about the state of the genre), "New World Water" (about government regulations of water & hygene), the duo with Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest on "Mr Nigga", and the radio single, "Umi Says". Word out says he has a new album coming up, too, called "The New Danger", but it might be pushed back, so as to not conflict with that Sep. 28th date mentioned before. Nothing more than that at the moment, though there's rumors of a Black Star (both of them) single out on college radio, of which i still cant find the name... Mos has starred in movies (Italian Job, Brown Sugar, Monster's Ball, and others), as well as hosting Def Jam Poetry. He's done mixes with everyone from DJ Shadow to The Roots. More on these living legends later...with solo efforts coming from both (and werid rumors of them signing to friend Jay-Z's "Rockafella" records circulating), it's gonna be a great year for hip-hop after all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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