Despite the onslaught of criticism hip-hop receives for its supposed glorification of violence, sex, and drugs, the late ’90s saw a wave of socially conscious hip-hop artists who sought to use the genre as a way to enlighten and create community, bringing the genre back to its original focus of the ‘80s. Talib Kweli’s nimble wordplay is certainly more interested with spreading Afro-centric messages than self-infatuation and debauchery. Along with other soulful rappers such as Mos Def and Common, Talib Kweli helped to spearhead a movement that brought hip-hop back to its communal roots.
The son of two college professors, Talib Kweli Green was born in Brooklyn, New York. While in high school, he was drawn to hip-hop artists like De La Soul, A... Read More