Talib Kweli re­leases free anti-cap­i­tal­ism al­bum

The China Post - - ARTS -

Po­lit­i­cally charged rap­per Talib Kweli on Satur­day re­leased a mu­si­cal in­dict­ment of cap­i­tal­ism and, true to his prin­ci­ples, he gave it away for free.

The New York rap­per, known for his left-wing ac­tivism, put out with no prior warn­ing a new al­bum en­ti­tled “Fuck the Money,” which lis­ten­ers can down­load for free from his web­site.

As its name im­plies, the ti­tle song at­tacks the role of money in so­ci­ety — in­clud­ing in hip-hop, where many stars are ea­ger to show off their lav­ish lifestyles.

“Now our greed dan­ger­ous as a heart con­di­tion / Rap nig­gas lie like politi­cians,” Kweli raps.

“Money makes nig­gas break prom­ises / Money turn nig­gas into phar­ma­cists,” he says, re­fer­ring to drug-deal­ing.

The song, set to a synth-laden beat, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cassper Ny­ovest, one of the lead­ing rap­pers in South Africa.

Ny­ovest boasts in the song that he is “Africa’s num­ber one” and de­clares, “There’s nig­gas richer than me who still wish they were me.”

The al­bum also fea­tures a guest ap­pear­ance by a no­table non-hip-hop fig­ure — Pa­trick Stump, the front­man of al­ter­na­tive rock­ers Fall Out Boy.

Kweli is known for his out­spo­ken views against po­lice bru­tal­ity and has been ac­tive af­ter re­cent deaths of African Ameri- cans at the hands of of­fi­cers.

In one of his more con­tro­ver­sial views, Kweli has said he does not vote be­cause he does not be­lieve an in­di­vid­ual can pro­duce change in a sys­tem he sees as thor­oughly cor­rupted by money.

AFP

Rap­per Talib Kweli per­forms on­stage dur­ing the Acous­ti­cally Speak­ing event dur­ing the 2014 BET Ex­pe­ri­ence At LA LIVE in Los An­ge­les on June 28, 2014.

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