Talib Kweli – hip-hop artist from New York
Talib Kweli Greene was born on 3 October 1975 in New York, USA.
He debuted in the music industry by helping a hip-hop band Mood record the album, Doom, which came out in 1996. At about the same time, together with DJ Hi-Tek, Kweli recorded several successful songs as part of the project Reflection Eternal. Among these tracks were "Fortified Live" and "B-Boy Document 99/Chaos".
Talib also participated in the Black Star duo project with Yasiin Rey, who is better known as Mos Def. In 1998, Black Star released its only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The LP was a success. It reached the 53rd spot on Billboard 200 and the 13th position on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In February 1999, an unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot by police officers. Kweli and Mos Def arranged the recording of an EP, Hip Hop for Respect. It came out in 2000 in memory of Diallo. Forty-one artist participated in the project in honor of 41 times bullets, which were fired at Diallo.