Tag Archives: Talib Kweli

Chali 2na “Fish Outta Water” (2009)


From the July 20, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Fish Outta Water is a disappointingly accurate title for the overdue debut album from Chali 2na, the distinctly voiced Chicago rapper from two critically acclaimed Los Angeles groups: the now-defunct hip-hop sextet Jurassic 5 and Latin funk band Ozomatli. The self-described “friendly neighborhood baritone” was often the highlight of the songs he contributed to, but when left to his own devices on first solo release, the results are often monotonous. Continue reading

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Mos Def “The Ecstatic” (2009)


From the June 15, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

It may seem like ages ago, but Mos Def was once known for his music. As one of the faces of the now-defunct Rawkus records, Mos helped bring underground, socially conscious  hip-hop to the spotlight at the peak of mainstream excessiveness and flashiness. But while he focused on his acting career in the 2000s, the music suffered with two meandering, sloppy albums that left much to be desired (including album artwork and a booklet in the case of the bare-bones 2006 release, True Magic). Continue reading

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Reflection Eternal “Back Again” (2009)

It’s been nine long years, but Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek are finally back together as Reflection Eternal, and “Back Again” is the first glimpse given into the duo’s new material. Continue reading

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Talib Kweli “Get By” (live)

Talib Kweli’s “Get By” is one of the best hip-hop songs ever. The song is Kweli’s biggest hit, and Kanye West’s production on the song helped put him on the map. Continue reading

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