Wow, this is an incredibly cool, stompy new track from the one and only Talib Kweli, who has teamed with up with 9th Wonder for a full collaborative album. The track, also featuring the blisteringly talented Rapsody, was performed on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show earlier this week. We now have the studio version, and it’s just fantastic.
Also featuring production courtesy of Hi-Tek, the track is called Every Ghetto. Kweli angrily spits lines about a full range of topics, from ghetto violence to gentrification (“we live here, these hipsters drop in”), as well as notes to those who call him a conscious rapper – “They say consciousness mean we ain’t rugged, until you get beat within an inch of it.”
Rapsody is, as always, an absolute delight, delivering a killer guest verse that focuses on police brutality.
Titled Indie 500, will be Kweli’s FOURTH full project to come out this year, It follows on from Radio Silence, surprise free album Fuck The Money, and Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Vol.1, a collection of tracks (featuring collabs with Kanye, Killer Mike, Mos Def and more).
Every Ghetto follows first single Pay Ya Dues, ft. Problem and Bad Lucc. Indie 500 is set to come out on November 6.
Talib Kweli will be performing at Soulfest this month – both a solo set, and as Black Star alongside Mos Def.