Talib Kweli Biography

Talib Kweli

Quick Facts Of Talib Kweli

Celebrated Name Talib Kweli
Age 44 Years
Nick Name Talib
Birth Name Talib Kweli Greene
Birth Date 1975-10-03
Gender Male
Profession Rapper
Place Of Birth Brooklyn, New York
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Best Known For Former member of hip hop duo, Black Star
Father Perry Greene
Mother Brenda Greene
Siblings 1
Brothers Jamal Greene
Ethnicity African-American
High School Cheshire Academy, Brooklyn Technical High School
University New York University
Education Studied Experimental Theater at NYU.
Career Start 1997
Marital Status Married
Wife DJ Eque
Married Date 2009
Children 2
Daughter Amani Fela and Diani Eshe
Source of Wealth Record Sales, Concerts, Tours
Net Worth $4 million

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. 

Talib Kweli group

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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.

Talib Kweli songs

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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

Talib Kweli wife

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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.

Did You Know?

  • His father is an administrator at Adelphi University.
  • His mother is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York.
  • His brother is a professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School.
  • He was drawn to Afrocentric rappers as a youth such as De La Soul and other members of the Native Tongues Posse.
  • He was featured on the single, "Get 'Em High" of Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout.
  • He made 3 appearances on the Chappelle's Show.
  • He performed at Dave Chappelle's Block Party in 2004 and was featured in the film and soundtrack.
  • He appeared alongside Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon in the 2005 MTV environmental documentary television series, Trippin.
  • He voiced the lead character Blak in the graphic novel-turned- animated series Blokhedz in 2009.
  • His former collaborator, Res claimed in 2018 that Kweli asked her for sexual advances.
  • He was attacked by two men while visiting Copenhage in 2015. He described the incident as a racially motivated attack.
  • He was filmed dropkicking a fan while performing on stage in Salt Lake City, Utah in February 2019.
  • He left Twitter in July 2020.
  • He has been actively raising voice against racism and police brutality.
  • He is an advocate on behalf of political prisoners and a supporter of community organizations like the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
  • Kweli and rapper Remedy feuded on Twitter in 2017 regarding Remedy's pro-Israel political stance.
  • He did not support Trump's border wall plans in 2018.
  • He supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in June 2019.
  • Kweli and Mos Def gathered with supporters at City Hall in New York in May 2005 to demand that the federal government drop the million-dollar bounty that was placed on political activist Assata Shakur's head and remove her from the terrorist watch list.
  • He spoke at a rally at the city hall to urge the NYPD police to end their stop-and-frisk policy in 2012.
  • In August 2014, he joined the community in protesting the shooting of Michael Brown.
  • He held two concerts to mark the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's death in 2015.