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Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder and crew compete in the 'Indie 500' LP

Javotti Media and Jamla Records have assembled a meeting of the minds in Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder's new album Indie 500, a toast to hip-hop from some of the best conscious emcees and producers of this time and the recent past. A collaboration/compilation, Indie 500 finds the legendary Black Star rapper Kweli and the Little Brother beat-aficionado 9th in fine form once again sharing time with an array of culture-acknowledging guests like Compton, CA's Problem, Brazilian artist NIKO IS and Dubb Union's Bad Lucc to scoring sounds from soul-sampling producers like Nottz, Cincinnati veteran Hi-Tek and Khrysis of The Away Team. That isn't the full list of participants, but some things are better left to be discovered on one's own.

With solid bars of knowledge, power lyrics and a few rhymes to kill time, Indie 500 has almost everything from a vocal standpoint and even some more that can be taken or left. The album opens politically from a liberal perspective in "Which Side Are You On" about the racial divide in the US and discusses ghetto conditions and attitudes in the very next song "Every Ghetto." Because life goes on and to further support the LP's theme of enriching and motivating America's economically dispossessed Black class, "Don't Be Afraid" teaches fearlessness and "These Waters" provokes Indie 500's target audience to stay sane and strong.

Indie 500 is consistent with its excellent production, provided by the Soul Council producers and overseen by 9th Wonder. Combining principles of crate-digging, boom-bap and a commitment to soul, the music switches tempo and temp from warm to cool and back again without skipping a step or losing flair along the way. There are few surprises and the whole exercise of the project is without a fresh new purpose except to make another kicking hip-hop record, but the best moments occur when the most obscure guests give it one hundred percent or when these playful artists push each other to show us again why they're technically superb, near-flawless in fact. No one artist comes out on top of the others on Indie 500 so the true winners would have to be hip-hop and progressivism.


This album is going to be so FIRE!!!!!!

Finally another talib kweli album

This is going to be dope!!


Born: October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

If skills sold, Talib Kweli would have been one of the most commercially successful rappers of his time. As it was, however, the earnest MC became one of the most critically successful rappers of his time, which dawned in the late '90s when he rapped alongside Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the group Black Star. This trio of up-and-comers and their widely acclaimed self-titled 1998 album debut, Black Star, helped make Rawkus Records one of the premier underground rap outposts of the late '90s....
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