A New York emcee admired for his champion mic skills and conscious lyricism, Talib Kweli has been a very busy man, dropping hot tracks at an astounding rate. He is one half (along with Mos Def) of Black Star, whose 1998 debut garnered worldwide critical acclaim. Kweli has also contributed tracks to some of the most important hip-hop compilations in recent years, including both Soundbombing collections, Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1 and New York State of Mind 1 and 2. An outspoken supporter of many sociopolitical issues (both on and off the mic), and he's also appeared on The Unbound Project and Hip Hop For Respect. As if that's not enough, his other group Reflection Eternal (a collaboration with DJ Hi-Tek), have stepped out with several 12-inches and an excellent debut LP. Talib released his long-awaited first solo album Quality in 2002, and found radio love with the single "Get By." His second full-length, The Beautiful Struggle hit the scene two years later, followed by 2007's Eardrum.
Talib Kweli Concert Films
In Session 2003
Runtime: 16 minTalib Kweli performs live at the intimate In Session in 2003. The Session features performances of his hits; Good To You,” “Get By” and; the Blast.” The Session concludes with an interview with Talib Kweli.
Talib Kweli Top Tracks
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.