Friday, May 28, 2010

Talib Kweli - The Local Fort Green-Clinton Hill


Fort Greene The Local

Talib Kweli: Brooklyn on the Mic
It all starts with Brooklyn, Talib Kweli told me. “If you’re not crackin’ in Brooklyn, forget about it, you ain’t crackin’.
Mr. Kweli, the Brooklyn-born emcee who recently released the album “Revolutions Per Minute,” with long-time collaborator Hi-Tek, is always excited to talk about his home borough. Much like his sharp delivery on the mic, he was articulate and precise in his views on Kings County and how it has shaped his career during an interview with the Local.

Mr. Kweli lives in Park Slope, the neighborhood where he was raised, but he’s been a fixture and frequent collaborator in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill hip hop scene for over a decade. The son of two professors (his mother teaches English at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and his father sociology at Adelphi University on Long Island), it is clear that Mr. Kweli inherited his parents’ love of critical thinking.