Talib Kweli, Rapsody & 9th Wonder Reconsider The Meaning Of “Ghetto” (Video)
Last week, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, and 9th Wonder released “Every Ghetto.” The DJ Hi-Tek-produced collaborative single is a hallmark release for the Indie 500 conglomerate, and its follow-up video proves it. Traveling from Brooklyn, New York to Cincinnati, Ohio, the soulful song examines at neighborhoods that are often called “ghettos” and takes a closer work.
Talib, ‘Rap, and 9th aim to erase the dismissive connotation of the term ghetto. The video reminds Heads that these parts of cities—often with less access to services and resources—are epicenters for culture and community. By virtue of their broad, uplifting messages, the MCs stress how they are welcome in any ghetto around the world. Notice Talib’s faster-than-usual flow, and just how strong Rap’ sounds on one of Tek’s (who appears in the video) best beats in years:
“Murder rate, permanent place in the Top 10 / We live here, these hipsters drop in.” – Talib Kweli