Talib Kweli

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Talib Kweli Biography

A Brooklyn native, Talib Kweli Greene is the eldest of two sons born to parents who were both educators. Considering that the Arabic translation of Talib Kweli means "student of truth," it's obvious that his cerebral and socially relevant approach to MCing was destined from Day One. As a kid, Kweli was an avid reader and gifted writer. In elementary school, he began writing plays, poetry and short stories, however, he had his eyes set on becoming a baseball player. "I wasn't really one of the cool kids," Kweli recalls. "Hip-hop became a way for me to write and be cool; it gave me a language to speak to my peers," he continues. "In junior high, I started writing rhymes for my friends, and then I eventually began writing rhymes for myself."

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Talib Kweli Headlining J Dilla Tribute Concert

7th March 2014

Rapper Talib Kweli will headline the first ever NY Loves Dilla tribute concert, dedicated to the memory of late hip-hop...

Cmj Music Marathon Returns In Its 33rd Year With More Incredible Showcases

4th October 2013

The CMJ Music Marathon comes to New York City for its 33rd year bringing with it hundreds of seminal artists...

Talib Kweli Joins Stand Your Ground Protest In Florida

9th August 2013

Rapper Talib Kweli has joined protesters at a sit-in outside the Florida State Capitol to speak out against the state's...

The Roots Staging Prince Tribute Show For Charity

7th January 2013

The music of soul superstar Prince is set to be celebrated at a special benefit concert featuring hip-hop collective The...

Talib Kweli Upset About Peter Andre Sample

17th October 2012

Rapper and poet Talib Kweli has slammed Peter Andre for allegedly using one of his verses on a new album...

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Talib Kweli Festivals


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12th June 2014

SXSW Music Festival

7th March 2014

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leeloo's picture


I think that Talib should come to Croatia, Zagreb this spring. :) acctually the best moment would be... right about now,but,,,,hehehe but the middle of july would be just as nice as that :))

6 years 3 days ago
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ZoomInAdam's picture


We just had Talib Kweli answer a few music related questions, such as what was playing in house growing up. Check it out at Zoom In online, in the music blog section.

5 years 2 months ago
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yatosah's picture


Hey have ya heard tickets are on sale for Talib Kweli at Shepherds Bush 25 sept, who's going?

8 years 8 months ago
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