Talib Kweli releases free anti-capitalism album
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.
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.