Talib Kweli Biography
Born in Brooklyn to a literate family with a proud taste for African culture, the rapper's first name, Talib, is an Arabian name meaning "The seeker or student" while his last name, Kweli, is a Ghanaian name meaning "of truth or knowledge." So with a name that literally translates to "the seeker of truth and knowledge," it's little surprise that Kweli found himself drawn to studies and eventually well-thought-out rap music such as De La Soul. After meeting DJ Hi Tek in 1994 during a trip to Cincinnati, OH, where Hi Tek was in a hip-hop group named Mood, and then after meeting Mos Def in 1995 while he was studying experimental theater at N.Y.U., Kweli soon found himself aligned with some like-minded talent.
Soon, Kweli teamed up with DJ Hi Tek to form Reflection Eternal and also teamed up with Mos Def to form Black Star. After finding success with the underground rap label Rawkus Records, on 12"s and on compilations such as Soundbombing, Lyricist Lounge, and New York State of Mind, Kweli first crossed over into the mainstream with the major-label release of the debut Black Star album in 1998. Though Mos Def quickly went on to superstar status with a solo album in the wake of Black Star's success, Kweli eventually put out his own album with [$Hi Tek}, Reflection Eternal. The album appeared in late 2000 with substantial enthusiasm within both the rap community and among critics, who championed the album's responsible tone; record buyers were responsive as well, sending Reflection Eternal to a Top 20 debut on the charts.
Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide
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American rapper and hip-hop producer.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Talib Kweli is a rapper best known for his projects Black Star (with rapping partner Mos Def), and Reflection Eternal (with DJ partner Hi-Tek).