The tapestry of New York has, over the last thirty years, woven hip hop into the tangled genius that is the city’s arts culture, and there exists a generation of New Yorkers who have witnessed and participated in the evolution of an art form in the streets, stages, and studios of the World’s Capitol.
Talib Kweli, BK Emcee, is a child of New York, a child of hip hop, and a legendary contributor to the genre’s evolution. He rose to prominence along side Mos Def as the duo crafted Black Star, a project that has stood the test of time as a true classic, and has barely stopped to breathe since, creating a never-ending onslaught of thoughtful, boundary-erasing music. He talks with Erasing Boundaries before opening for Macklemore in Des Moines and dishes on his relation to the city, the genre, and bringing the world back home.
Music from this week’s show:
Slavic Soul Party – Taketron (Erasing Boundaries Theme)
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rain
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – BomBom – feat. The Teachi