Wednesday, February 20, 2008

For as long as I can remember, I have appreciated hip hop. No, not the stuff you hear on the radio. I mean the music that is hidden and requires active effort to find and discover. Anyway, luckily for all of us, Talib Kweli is a hip hop rapper that gets radio airplay. Maybe not as much as some other rappers out there, but his content is and has always been top notch. The following is a video sent to me by Oriyami Productions. It is Talib's video for Hostile Gospel/Deliver US (Part 1). The video was shot in Lagos, Nigeria and features cameos of area boys, what could be Aladura worshippers at Bar Beach (Victoria Island) (correct me if I am wrong) and a prince of Nigeria's Afro Beat, Femi Kuti at the shrine. Be for warned that there is some explicit language, so keep the kids away and keep the volume down if you are at work. Nevertheless, the video is well shot and make me long for a trip to Eko (the traditional Yoruba name for Lagos). It would be nice to be by the beach, having some suya and surrounded by family and friends, inhaling the salty air and watching the waves nibble at our toes.

Did I forget to mention that Talib Kweli was on an okada (motorcycle taxis) in this video?

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Rayo said...

Ok, I can officially say that I am impressed with this guy. I can't count how many times I've seen him/met him and he's always fascinated me, but this definitely takes the cake. He loves Africa[ns], but unlike other rappers that claim to do the same but end up going to South Africa and only South Africa to shoot videos, he actually went to a place that many other rappers would not have found to be "video-shoot worth."

And the thing is that he made Nigeria beautiful in the video. I think I'm in love.

Doja said...

The video is fantastic! Don't have a clue what he was saying though.

nneoma said...

lol@ Doja comment. But man, I love this video. You have an eye for good music. I just published a post on music - and would definitely like for you to shed some light on it. But I will definitely have to check out more on Talib Kweli. I think I am starting to become somewhat distant from hip-hop as most know it the more I listen to it.
i can't believe he is riding an okada. love it! love it!

Jinta said...

nice vid, didn't hear a word, just like snoop. i like the okada scene though, reminds me of the 50 cent vids driving down sunset with lambo doors swung open (who drives with doors open?)

Toochi said...

really nice video.

guerreiranigeriana said...

have always loved kweli...nice vid...i love it...i put my intention out in the universe to work on helping change the way the world sees african nations...its good to see that others are doing similar work...this video inspires all sorts of creative work for movies...the way it dabbled with light and shadows and movement in the city...fantastic...thank you for sharing or i may have never known...

akin aworan said...

TK is the man.. and Okadas? hah!!

pamela said...

Oya, I can't wait to get home and watch this video.

And listen to the sounds...



Diego a.k.a. Chori! said...

the best MC in the world!!:real hip hop!!!!!!!..brooklyn respect...greetings from argentina!

Nina said...

Talib Kweli is REAL HIP HOP

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