"Talib Kweli" (born "Talib Kweli Greene", October 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the most prominent rappers in underground hip-hop, and is frequently critically acclaimed, despite not having significant commercial success. His name is Arabic, meaning "the seeker" or "student of truth and knowledge". His parents were both college professors: his mother an English professor, his father a sociology professor. As a youth, he was drawn to Afrocentric rappers, such as De La Soul and other members of the Native Tongues Posse and soon began recording with producer Hi-Tek and rapper Mos Def whom he had known since the two attended high school together.
Talib started his rap career in a rap group called Mood with DJ Hi-Tek as the group's producer and some unknown rappers back in Cincinnati. They had problems dealing with record labels and they never got a major distribution and promotion for their only effort - an album called ''Doom''.
With Mos Def (together the pair were known as Black Star), Kweli achieved some mainstream success with the eponymously titled album ''Black Star''. (1998) While Mos Def went on to a successful solo career, Kwel...
|Born||October 3, 1975|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City|
|Genre||Hip hop music|
|Associated acts||Black Star (hip hop group)|