Talib Kweli: Prisoner of Consciousness

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Talib Kweli (Black Star/Reflection Eternal) drops his latest solo joing Prisoner of Consciousness today (May 7th).  Critically acclaimed as one of the best MCs to ever spit on the mic, Kweli delivers another classic album full of his signature “Conscious Rap“.  The Brooklyn Bomber features some great collaborations on this one (Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, Busta Rhymes, Miquel, Nelly, etc).  We are surprised that his main partner Yasiin Bey (aka MOS DEF) doesn’t make an appearance on the album, but Talib is well known to hold his own as the uber-prolific half of the duo Black Star.  Check out the RZA produced “Rocket Ships” and the both coast strong “Push Thru below.  You can stream the album by clicking the title above, but go out and definitely support Talib’s new album via iTunes and all the other cyberstores.

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Yasiin Bey: N****s in Poorest

Happy Leap Year Day,

I’m pretty sure most people know by now that Mos Def has abandoned his stage name as of 2012.  Under the new moniker Yasiin Bey, Mos Def will release new music on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.  Perhaps that statement proves an insight over the whole drama about his version of The Throne’s  “Ni**as in Paris, entitled “N***s in Poorest“.  Very socio-economic and politically driven, this clever song is an “interpolation” of Jay-Z & Kanye‘s big concert anthem.  Released to coincide w/ the 47th anniversary of Malcom X‘s assassination, Yassin kills it with the poignant lyrics in stark contrast to The Throne’s verses.  After reading many debates, we’ve come to the conclusion that we agree most with Young Guru (Jay-Z’s longtime engineer and Philly area native).  Check what he has to say out after the video.  After Yasiin and Talib performed as Black Star on mega-talk shows like The Colbert Report, we know the world is waiting for new Bey/Def & Black Star material this year.  As a #SwitchFlip Certified bonus, we added a new track called “You Already Knew” as well!

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Black Star: Fix Up (live)

Happy Friday Earthlings,

Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey are Black Star.  Yup, they are back after endless years of reunion anticipation.  Yasiin (formely known as Mos Def) is in rare form and seems very comfortable in the zone w/ his original “partner in rhyme” Talib Kweli.  Talib’s BlackSmith record label has been grinding hard on both coasts over the past few years, but the dynamic duo is back giving us that classic Brooklyn Hip Hop. Check them out here via the Colbert Report!

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Black Star: Fix Up (Live on ColbertNation)

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