Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli Greene, popularly known as Talib Kweli is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. Kweli rose to prominence as a member of the hip hop duo, Black Star with rapper Mos Def. The duo released only one album as a duo. He later ventured into a solo career and released 8 solo albums and numerous mixtapes. He has also released several collaborative albums. He is the founder of the record label, Javotti Media, founded in 2011. As an activist, he has participated in several social causes including police brutality.

He has over 919k followers on his Instagram @talibkweli.

What is Talib Kweli Famous For?

  • The former member of hip hop duo, Black Star.

Where is Talib Kweli From?

Talib Kweli was born on 3 October 1975. His birth name is Talib Kweli Greene. His birth place is in Brooklyn, New York City, New York in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to a mother, Brenda Greene, and a father, Perry Greene. He has a younger brother named Jamal Greene. He belongs to African-American ethnicity.

He grew up in a household in Park Slope. Regarding his educational background, he attended Cheshire Academy and Brooklyn Technical High School. Following his high school graduation, he studied experimental theater at New York University. 

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Talib Kweli Career

  • Talib Kweli entered the music scene in 1997. He made his debut with featured appearances on Cincinnati, Ohio group Mood’s album, Doom. 
  • He then met and collaborated with DJ Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal. They collaborated on singles, “Fortified Live” and “B-Boy Document 99/Chaos”.
  • He returned to New York and formed a hip hop duo with Mos Def. Their group was named Black Star.
  • The group released their only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star in 1998.
  • He also continued to partner with Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal. They released an album, Train of Thought in 2000.
  • Kweli and Mos Def released an EP, Hip Hop for Respect in 2000. The mixtape was against police brutality, specifically the case of Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by four police officers on 4 February 1999. Numerous rappers were featured on their EP. 
  • Kweli and Mos Def contributed to the Red Hot+Indigo compilation album in 2001. The album was created by Red Hot Organization.
  • Kweli released his debut solo studio album, Quality in 2002. The album was released under Rawkus Records, whom he was signed in 2001.
  • Kweli released his second solo album, The Beautiful Struggle in November 2004. It was his last album under Rawkus. 
  • He released a mixtape, Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD under Blacksmith Records in 2005. 
  • He signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records for Blacksmith Records in 2006. 
  • Kweli released his third solo studio album, Eardrum in August 2007. 
  • Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek released a second Reflection Eternal album, Revolutions Per Minute in May 2010.
  • He founded his own record label, Javotti Media in 2011. Some of the artists signed to his record label are Space Ivadaz, Cory Mo, K’Valentine, Jessica Care Moore, and Brazilian MC Niko Is. 
  • He released his fourth solo studio album, Gutter Rainbows in January 2011.
  • He released his fifth solo studio album, Prisoner of Conscious in May 2013. 
  • He later released his sixth, seventh, and eighth solo album, Gravitas, Fuck the Money, and Radio Silence in 2013, 2015, and 2017 respectively.

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Kweli Collaborative Albums

  • Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (with Mos Def as Black Star) (1998)
  • Train of Thought (with Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal) (2000)
  • Liberation (with Madlib) (2007)
  • Revolutions per Minute (with Hi-Tek as Reflection Eternal) (2010)
  • Habits of the Heart (with Res as Idle Warship) (2011)
  • Indie 500 (with 9th Wonder) (2015)
  • The Seven (with Styles P) (2017)
  • Blackstar (with Lupe Flasco) (2020)

Talib Kweli Mixtapes

  • 2004: The Beautiful Mix CD
  • 2005: The Beautiful Mixtape Vol. 2: The Struggle Continues
  • 2005: Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD – Charted #113 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
  • 2006: Brooklyn, Tennessee
  • 2006: Kweli: Confidential
  • 2006: Blacksmith: The Movement
  • 2007: Clinton Sparks & Talib Kweli: Get Familiar
  • 2007: Focus
  • 2008: The MCEO Mixtape
  • 2009: Party Robot (with Idle Warship)
  • 2009: The Re: Union (Mixed By Statik Selektah) (with Reflection Eternal)
  • 2010: Early Mourning Signs
  • 2011: We Run This Vol. 7 (with Mr. E)
  • 2012: Attack the Block
  • 2014: Javotti Media Presents: The Cathedral
  • 2015: Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Vol.1
  • 2016: Awful People Are Great at Parties

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Talib Kweli Wife

Talib Kweli is a married man. He is married to DJ Eque. The couple got married in 2009. The couple has two children together. Amani Fela Greene, and Diani Eshe Greene. Detail information about his personal life is not available.

Kweli and his wife were reportedly kicked out of Club SNAP in New York City in 2010 for physically fighting each other. 

Talib Kweli was alleged in 2020 that he slept with adult actress, Sara Jay.

Talib Kweli Net Worth

Talib Kweli makes his major income from the music industry. As a rapper, he has released 8 solo albums, numerous mixtapes, and several collaborative albums. His income comes from record sales, contracts, concerts, and tours. He also founded an independent label, Javotti Media in 2011. Several artists are signed to his record label. His net worth is estimated at $4 million. 

Talib Kweli Height

Talib Kweli stands at a height of 1.7 m. He has a body weight of 70 kg. His sexual orientation is straight. His eye color is dark brown. His hair color is black.

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