Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder & Rapsody Remind Us the Best Is Yet to Come (Video)
Today, a new video from two veterans and a dominating voice in Hip-Hop’s current generation is proving the lifespan of a 2015 release is far from over. Having arrived in November, the collaborative LP Indie 500 from Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder features 13 tracks speckled with appearances from some of the greats, including Atmosphere’s Slug, Brother Ali, Pharoahe Monch, Planet Asia, Tef Poe, and others. Arguably one of the album’s stand-out tracks, “Life Ahead Of Me” features Rapsody, an MC whose bars are touted as some of the best in the game, despite her not having released a full-length solo project since 2012’s The Idea of Beautiful. By and large, it’s the cumulative power of her guest appearances on recent cuts by Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar, Murs, and more that continue to reinforce her megawatt talent, and today’s release is no different.
Rhyming that she “smokes rappers to make up for the herbal,” Rapsody is the first to appear on screen, joined by inventive graphics that serve to emphasize the song’s lyrical content. Kweli’s presence is no less memorable, and with the joyously pulsating production work from 9th Wonder, “Life Ahead Of Me” is a rhyme-filled acknowledgment of why these artists deserve to be here, and the careers full of promise they have yet to embark upon.
In February, Rapsody spoke with Ambrosia for Heads about her Grammy nomination and plans for her next album.