#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
Talib Kweli Recalls Meeting Kanye West Before He Was Signed
Talib Kweli was one of the earliest artists to endorse Kanye West, and in a new interview with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's Drink Champs podcast, he tells the story of meeting West for the first time before he was signed.
These Hip Hop Artists Are "On The Way To Legend" According To Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli can usually be found debating, arguing, or flat out beefing with his Twitter followers. On Tuesday, he responded to a tweet that suggested that there are no one today matches the artistry of golden era greats like Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. “I disagree,” Kweli wrote. “RTJ, Joey Badass, Kendrick, Cole, Rapsody, Anderson Paak Chance, all great on the way to legend.”
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli Headline The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has previously hosted the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, and Q-Tip, and this year, they've assembled a characteristically solid group of headliners. Now in its 12th year, this summer's fest will feature performances frim Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, and -- the main event -- Nas.
Madlib is one of the great hip hop producers of the modern age. His dedication to music, whether it be jazz, soul, R&B, funk, world or hip hop, is second-to-none. If you've ever given one of his mixes a listen, you'll know that he has deep cuts for days. And if you're a big fan of his beats, you know that he is capable of flipping obscure samples into infectious, *very rare* instrumentals.
Talib Kweli Blasts Iggy Azalea Over Her Response To Macklemore
Macklemore's latest single, "White Privilege II," has been causing quite a storm on social media. On the track, he namedropped Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley, and the easiest target of them all: Iggy Azalea. "You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea / Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic," rapped Macklemore, referring to himself in the second person.
Anderson .Paak Announces "Malibu" Cover Art, Features, & Release Date
Last year, Anderson .Paak released the album Venice, his first album after relinquishing his Breezy Lovejoy. With his forthcoming album Malibu, he is moving his way up the California coastline. Well, guess what, Malibu just got a release date -- it will hit stores on January 15th.
Stream Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder's "Indie 500" Album
Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder shared the stacked tracklist for their collaborative project Indie 500 last month, and with the official release date coming later this week, the duo have chosen to put the LP up as an advance stream.
Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Reveal Tracklist & Cover Art For "Indie 500"
Last week Talib Kweli announced he was working on a new album with producer 9th Wonder. Talib Kweli shared a list of features that would appear on the album with HHDX, although we didn't know the actual title at that point. As it turns out, the duo are titling their joint effort after Kweli's recently-launched "Indie 500" movement.
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) To Reunite In Australia
It's now been 17 years since Black Star, the duo of Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli, released their one and only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Though Bey and Kweli have each been busy with their solo careers, it has just been announced that Black Star will reunite for a tour in Australia and New Zealand. This doesn't do too much for us in the Western Hemisphere, so hopefully the short-lived reunion tour is a prelude for more to come. The world could certainly use another Black Star album.
Talib Kweli Announces Album With 9th Wonder
Over year and a half ago, Talib Kweli, mentioned that he was working on an album with acclaimed producer 9th Wonder. It now appears the album is done or close to completion.
Download Talib Kweli's Free Album, "Fuck The Money"
Surprise albums are all the rage these days, and while it's always great to wake up to a new album from your favorite artist, it's even better when that album is entirely free. Following the path walked by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment, Talib dropped Fuck The Money as a complimentary download yesterday, and he certainly didn't skimp on the production or features.Both Alchemist and Kaytranada contribute instrumentals, while Miguel, Styles P, Ab-Soul, and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump show up as guest vocalists.
Talib Kweli, Common, Bun B, & More Putting On Michael Brown Benefit Show
Today marks the one year anniversary of Michael Brow's death at the hands of Office Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. As a part of the commemoration events today, Talib Kweli and his Action Support Committee are hosting a free concert called "Ferguson Is Everywhere" in St. Louis. In addition to Kweli, the lineup features Common, Bun B, M1 from Dead Prez, Rapsody, Tef Poe, Kendra Ross, Rebel Diaz, Jasiri X, Immortal Technique, & Pharoahe Monch.
Talib Kweli & Azealia Banks Criticize Rachel Dolezal
Rachel Dolezal, the Spokane, Washington NAACP President who was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black, has been the hot topic over the last week. We've already heard Killer Mike's thoughts on the matter, but recently, both Azealia Banks and Talib Kweli weighed in on the issue. Banks did so in a lively Twitter barrage, while Kweli penned a piece for Rolling Stone.
Brooklyn Rapper Pumpkinhead Has Passed Away
We regret to report that Brooklyn rapper, Pumpkinhead, has passed away at the age of 39. Fans of the Rawkus Records and Immortal Technique catalogs should be well-versed in the work of the rapper, who appeared on Revolutionary 1 and 2, and released his esteemed project, Orange Moon Over Brooklyn, in 2005.
#TBT: Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli is one of Brooklyn's many great MCs. In 1998 he linked up with fellow Brooklynite Mos Def for the lone Black Star LP, a record that is still influencing rappers today. Since then he's gone on to release a number of solo albums, linking up with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Big K.R.I.T., Kanye West, Common, Norah Jones, Raekwon and many more. It should be noted that Dave Chappelle also loves Talib Kweli.
Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages.