Posts Tagged ‘Talib Kweli’

Every Friday someone asks me, “what’s happ’nin’ this weekend??”  This will be the place for you to find out.  If you have an event you’d like to submit to be featured, email me with the subject “Event Submission.”  I’ll feature it, along with other events happening within the same time frame. If it’s particularly dope, I’ll feature a more detailed write-up of your event.

(Right now, most events featured will be in Atlanta, since that’s my base.  I’m open to events country and world-wide though!)



Everybody’s favorite “conscious” rapper returns with a little gift to whet your appetite before the release of Prisoner of Conscious.  Talib Kweli joined forces with producer Z-Trip and Attack the Block is the result.  With so many repeat-worthy tracks, it’s hard to narrow down the highlights of the mixtape.  Guests include Black Thought, Styles P, Killer Mike, Mac Miller, Corey Mo, Ab-Soul, John Forte, Skyzoo, Das Racist, Lil Wayne, Jessica Care Moore and quite a few more.  Hopefully, POC with prove to be just as diverse.

Download here (courtesy of TSS)


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I’ve been very intrigued by Mos Def’s name change to his Muslim and legal name Yasiin Bey.  Mostly, my intrigue comes from what impetus encouraged Bey to drop the pseudonym and share his chosen name with the world.  In this article from Scott Korb, the journalist delves quite deep into Yasiin Bey’s history of hip hop and Islam.  I’m not sure if there are those that believe that the MC is some fly-by-night Muslim, but that’s quite the contrary.  According to Korb, Bey is one of the most recognizable Muslims in pop culture since boxing great Muhammad Ali.  For anyone that has followed Ali’s career and conversion to Islam, it’s a very telling comparison.  Ali was a staunch Muslim, displaying this in instances such as his refusal to join the Armed Forces.  The artist formerly known as Mos Def has taken such sociopolitical stands through his music, integrating his beliefs with his passion.  Although lengthy, the article is a great read and shines some light on the struggle between one’s perceived self and one’s true self.


You may or may not be familiar with the name Karriem Riggins, but it’s absolutely likely that you’ve bobbed your head to his productions.  With an impressive roster of collaborations under his belt, Riggins and Stones Throw Records has compiled a nice podcast of some of the hip-hop producers most noted projects.  From Talib Kweli, Slum Village, J Dilla, Erykah Badu, The Roots and many more, there will be tracks that make you stop and think, “Damn, Karriem Riggins produced that??!”

Check out Stones Throw Records for more info on the talented jazz drummer/producer.


Listen here: Karriem Riggins Produced That