“If skills solid, truth be told, I probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”
When Jay Z spit these lines on his “retirement” album in 2003, he was merely repeating what the streets already knew. A respected emcee amongst the underground community, Kweli earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. He first achieved commercial success in 1998 with his Black Star album, a collaboration project with talented wordsmith the artist formerly known as Mos Def, and hasn’t looked back since.
To this day, Kweli travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work renders him as one of the most proactive, conscious artists in hip-hop to this date. Respect a legend.
Karmaloop iKONS is our series where we link up with influential players in music, art and culture and pick their brains about what they’re wearing these days. We had the privilege of linking up with Talib and getting his thoughts on the freshest winter fashions. Check out his full Holiday Gift Guide here.
Here are our 3 favorite items from Kweli’s Gift Guide.