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Hip Hop Albums to Be Grateful For*

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate those who are important to us and give thanks for all the blessings in life. One of the things I’m grateful for is my 7th Boro fam and the artists who support the site as well as the readers who come back for the fresh posts.

In this post, I want to highlight some of the albums that I’m most grateful for. These may not be considered classics in your eyes but they are great albums to me and deserve a look if you haven’t peeped them already. continue

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Talib Kweli ft. (Anderson .Paak & Kaytranada) – Traveling Light

I can’t believe it’s been near two decades since I purchased my first Talib album. Seem like yesterday that I popped open that Black Star album and was blown away by a Brooklyn MC named Talib Kweli. Fast forward twenty years and Talib’s lyrical swords are sharper than ever. He’s releasing a new album titled, “Radio Silence” which is set to drop November 17th. You can preorder that here.

This track features Anderson .Paak and Kaytranada and it is something special. Don’t take my word for it….listen for yourself.

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Talib Kweli & Styles P ft Rapsody & Chris Rivers – Let It Burn (Single)

“Let It Burn” features Rapsody and Chris Rivers and is from the recently released EP, ‘The Seven’, by Talib Kweli and Styles P available via Javotti Media/3D.

Talib Kweli & Styles P ft Rapsody & Chris Rivers – Let It Burn

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Maurice Brown ft Talib Kweli – Stand Up

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I came across Maurice Brown last year when he dropped his last album, and I’ve always enjoyed that Hip Hop/Jazz fusion ala Jazzmatazz and of course The Roots. “Mo” is working on releasing his new album The Mood (March 24th), and let’s loose his new single with emcee Talib Kweli. Check it out.

Brown tells us about the track: “Stand Up” is a call for humanity to take a stand for something & come together to make a positive difference in the world around us. We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” that my father gave me when I was a kid, I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.

From now until New Orlean Jazz Fest, Maurice will be hosting “Mobetta Tuesdays” at the Jazz Standard in NYC. Every Tuesday, he will be welcoming special guests (like Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, drum legend Lenny White, saxophonist Skerik and more) to join him for different weekly musical themes. More information about Mobetta Tuesdays can be found on the venue’s website.

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Talib Kweli ft Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch – Guerrilla Monsoon Rap (Single)


Circa 2002. My favorite track from Talib Kweli’s album, ‘Quality’, available via Rawkus Entertainment LLC.

Talib Kweli ft Black Thought & Pharoahe Monch – Guerrilla Monsoon Rap

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Talib Kweli vs. Diabolic….Twitter at it’s Finest @TalibKweli @DiabolicHipHop


Let me start off by saying that I’m a fan of both of these artists. I’ve been a fan of Talib since the Soundbombing days and a fan of Diabolic’s after that Fightin’ Words LP. That being said, this “battle” that is going on between them is a product of social media. Twitter has given people the power to communicate with millions of people from the luxury of your own home, car, office, etc. With this power comes great responsibility. You can’t go on Twitter and disrespect someone and not expect a reaction. Diabolic accused Talib of of generalizing his views of white rappers and Talib called him a bitch. This is where the Twitter conversation should have ended. Instead, Diabolic made threats toward Kweli and they went back and forth for days. Talib penned an open letter about the situation and then diss tracks were made. What would Freddie Foxxx do in this situation? Would he make threats on twitter? NO! He’d be on your doorstep within hours and the problem would be solved. The point of my post is this, Let’s not make threats on twitter…..make music. Hopefully these two can keep this in the music and get past this. Perhaps meet in person and discuss the problem instead of arguing in front of millions.

Here are the diss tracks from Diabolic and Talib Kweli. Listen.

Uncalled for…..totally uncalled for.

Go to Twitter for support the only weapon you have
But I don’t care about those kids like Mos Def as a dad – Diabolic

I know you mad that I top so many white people’s favorite list, I’d go to one of your shows but they don’t fucking exist! – Talib Kweli

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Mos Def & Talib Kweli ft Jane Doe, Punchline & Wordsworth – Twice Inna Lifetime (Prod Hi-Tek)


Circa 1998. This one is my favorite from the Mos Def and Talib Kweli album, ‘Black Star’.

Mos Def & Talib Kweli ft Jane Doe, Punchline & Wordsworth – Twice Inna Lifetime

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