Talib Kweli

American rapper from New York

Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene on October 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York.

Talib Kweli

Song lyrics

  • At exactly which point do you start to realize,
    that life without knowledge is death in disguise?
    • K.O.S. (Determination) (track 8)
  • We played against each other like puppets, swearing you got pull
    When the only pull you got is the wool over your eyes
    Getting knowledge in jail like a blessing in disguise
    Look in the skies for god, what you see besides the smog
    Is broken dreams flying away on the wings of the obscene.
    • Respiration (track 11)
  • Creating crime rates to fill the new prisons they build
    Over money and religion theres more blood that spills
    Like the wounds of slaves in cotton fields that never heal
    Whats the deal?
    • Thieves in the Night (track 12)
  • These cats drink champagne and toast to death and pain,
    Like slaves on a ship talking about who's got the flyest chain
    • Africa Dream (track 8)
  • Persistance, dedication
    Consistent, motivation,
    resistance to stagnation of information,
    distribute it free to the entire population
    No hesitation, makin it public
    No privitazation from corporations
    • Name of the Game (track 10)
  • These niggas ain't thugs, the real thugs is the government.
    Don't matter if you're Independent, Democrat or Republican
    • Ghetto Afterlife (track 11)
  • Niggas with knowledge are more dangerous than niggas with guns.
    They make the guns easy to get and try to keep niggas dumb
    • The Proud (track 11)
  • We commute through computers.
    Spirits stay mute while our ego spread rumors.
    We're survivalists turned to consumers
    • Get By (track 3)
  • Spit bars you can't touch, like tits in strip bars, get scarred, I drop hits to hit hard
    • Waiting for the DJ (track 6)
  • Fuck the harder way,
    I'm doing it the smarter way
    • Going Hard (track 1)
  • Those who would trade in their freedom
    For their protection deserve neither
    • Going Hard (track 1)
  • Yo, I heard it's said the revolution won't be televised
    But in the land of milk and honey there's a date you gotta sell it by
    Otherwise it just expires and spoils
    and these folks jump out the pot when the water too hot
    • Beautiful Struggle (track 13)
  • Life is a beautiful struggle
    People search through the rubble for a suitable hussle
    Some people using their noodle
    Some people using their muscle
    Some people put it all together make it fit like a puzzle
    • I try

Singles and compilations

  • Back in the day they stole our smile, so we clothe our teeth in gold.
    • The Manifesto, Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1 (1998)
  • Hip-Hop's last hope like Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Through your television I'm shining light like a train
    Comin out like earthworms when it rains, bringing it
    like the C.I.A. be bringing in crack cocaine bailing out of planes
    with the George Bush connections, I push Reflection
    like I'm selling izm, like a dealer building the system
    Supply and the demand it's all just capitalism
    Niggaz don't sell crack cause they like to see blacks smoke
    Niggaz sell crack cause they broke
    • The Manifesto, Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1 (1998)
  • Learn how to heal yourself and stop fucking with them hospitals
    • Sharp Shooters, Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2 (2000)
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