15 Years in and Talib Kweli is Still Schooling the Competition. He’s Looking for New Leaders…(Audio)
Talib Kweli is a week away from his second album of 2013. Gravitas will include the Statik Selektah-produced “New Leaders.” Joined by Flatbush, Brooklyn’s The UnderAchievers, Kweli demands new leadership in Hip-Hop, in Brooklyn, on Twitter, in society, and in government.
Throughout the last 15 years, Kweli has been able to put himself at the zeitgeist of youth, and explain just what’s lacking. “New Leaders” is just that, as well as an extension, as heard in the lyrics, of the conversation friend and collaborator Kanye West started six months ago with “New Slaves.”
While Kweli’s catalog has pushed in different directions since his Rawkus Records days, this joint fits snugly in the evolution one of Talib’s greatest attributes: music for the people.