Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have been vital members of hip hop’s indie scene, and are launching Indie 500 together almost a year to the date that they first announced they would be combining forces – an announcement which left hip hop heads in a frenzy of anticipation.
In September, Kweli announced that the album would feature Brother Ali, Hitech, Khrysis, Bad Lucc, Problem, Rapsody, Planet Asia, Nico, Pharoahe Monch, and Slug from Atmosphere. Fans are still patiently waiting these dope collabs. It’s not like Kweli hasn’t given fans two amazing albums this year, it’s just that the suspense and all star recruits are lined up for this one.
Well the day has finally arrived, and Indie 500 is available to stream now!
In the past couple of months, we have had two singles released from the album: Every Ghetto (featuring Rapsody and produced by Hi-Tek) was released last month, and Pay Ya Dues (featuring West Coast rappers Problem & Bad Lucc and produced by Eric G) was released in September.
The album has been given the full mellow Kweli vibe over all 13 tracks. Understand is the most lyrically pleasing track with Kweli, Brother Ali and Planet Asia delivering bar after bar of smooth raps over dreamy piano.
Indie 500 is available for pre-order and will officially be available on Friday November 6th, but until then, let your Thursday be enhanced by the stream.