Talib Kweli Net worth, Money and More

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Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli is an American rapper hailing from New York. He was born on 3 October 197 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in a highly educated household. His mother was a English Teacher in the City of New York University. His Dad was a administrator at the Adelphi University. As a child, he was intrigued by Afrocentric Rappers. He was a student of Experimental Theatre at New York University. He became interested in rapping at a very young age. He made his first appearance at the age of 20.


Talib Kweli and Mos Def in Black Star Days.

Talib Kweli and Mos Def in their Black Star days.

Kweli made his first underground appearance with the group ‘Mood’ on their album ‘Doom’. He met DJ Hi-Tek and recorded many mix-tapes. The mix-tapes were well received among the underground hip hop groups. He collaborated with Mos Def and formed ‘Black Star’ in 1998. Hi-Tek produced their first album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Stars. Their genre was Afrocentric and was well-received by the critics. The album managed to attain moderate mainstream success as well. Talib Kweli and Mos def broke their partnership soon after that. Talib continued his collaboration with Hi-Tek and they recorded an album named, Train of Thought. It received rave reviews from the critics; Though it did a moderate mainstream business. They released ‘Hip Hop for respect’ after that. It was an effort to raise against the police who shot a person 41 times. 41 Rappers collaborated with them in the album. Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek decided to part ways after that. Talib decided to release a solo album with the intention to gain some mainstream attention. He released ‘Quality’ in 2002. It received rave reviews from the critics and did a decent mainstream business. The album was produced by Kanye West and DJ Quik. Quality reached the number 6 position at the Billboard R&B charts. Talib Kweli released his second solo effort named, The Beautiful Struggle. It debuted at #14 at the billboard charts. It mostly received mixed reviews from the critics. In 2005, Kweli released a mix-tape Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD. It was well received and sold 16,000 copies in its first week. The music the mix-tape had, made many people believe that it’s an actual album. It debuted at #114 on the billboard chart as well. Talib Kweli collaborated with DJ HI-tek in 2010 and they released an album named  ‘Revolutions per minute’. The album received rave reviews from the critics. It received an average score of 80/100 by Metacritic, a website which provides an aggregate score of all reviews. Talib Kweli released his fourth solo studio album, Gutter Rainbows, in 2010. The album received good reviews from the critics and did a decent mainstream business. The album sold 13,900 CD’s in its first week. Talib Kweli’s latest album was ‘Prisoner of Conscious’. It received mostly positive reviews and it debuted at #48 on the billboard charts. The album’s name comes from the persona of Kweli, whi is regarded as a conscious rapper. The album features many artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and Nelly. In 2013, Kweli announced that he will release an album in 2014. The album would be named Gravitas.


Gutter Rainbows.

Gutter Rainbows.

Talib Kweli has a net worth of $14 Million. He has garnered this fortune as a result of his music efforts. He is considered to be one of the most intelligent rappers in the industry. He has inspired many artists with his socio-political messages. Macklemore grew up listening to Talib Kweli. He has been making music since 1995 and is going strong till today. He is known to raise a voice for many issues through his music. It is indeed commendable for a musician to do that.


” I think once you’re in the public eye, whether you’re a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you’re automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question. “
” A lot of these people, these program directors, just like anybody else in the world, even though they’re supposed to be leaders in the world, they’re followers. They follow what they think someone else is doing, instead of trying to blaze a trail. “
“I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop.”
“So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen. So there’s a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output. “
“The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it’s like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it’ll be a hip-hop song. That’s the only music you can do that with.”

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