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Talib Kweli Greene, 3 October 1975, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. One of the leading alternative rap artists of his generation, Kweli has amassed a body of work that stands alongside the Afrocentric rappers that inspired him as a teenager. As the son of two professors Kweli was always going to eschew the street thuggery of many of his contemporaries, and his musical tastes (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest) reflected a more thoughtful take on life as a black American. He began recording in the late 90s, first with Mood (the TVT album Doom) and then alongside Mos Def in Black Star. The duos self-titled 1998 album was pivotal in helping shape both the future direction and the widespread acceptance of alternative rap.
Black Star disbanded shortly after the release of the album, and with Mos Def embarking on a solo career the next project for Kweli was a duo album with Black Star producer Hi-Tek. Released in 2000 on the...