This is one of my favorite songs on Revolutions Per Minute, so I’m glad to see that it get a well-deserved video treatment.
I posted the lyrics to “Ballad of the Black Gold” back in April to buttress a point about Kweli’s occasional raptivism on Revolutions Per Minute. A month later, the song still sounds as fresh as when I first experienced it. Hit the play button to hear Kweli describe how his experience in the world’s most populous black nation inspired “Ballad of the Black Gold.”
We sometimes forget that hip-hop has always served an instrument of social activism. Every now and then, a Mos Def or Talib Kweli comes along and prods us back in that direction. Case in point: Reflectional Eternal’s latest disc, the aptly titled Revolutions Per Minute.
Talib Kweli and production partner Hi-Tek remind us why we fell in love with Reflection Eternal nine years ago. And I don’t even mind that he’s still referencing that Jay-Z line. Yeah, that one.
The good folks at Okayplayer TV sat down with Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek to discuss the upcoming Reflection Eternal album (Revolutions Per Minute), their latest RE:Union mixtape with Statik Selektah, among other issues. April 6 can’t come soon enough.
New Music: Reflection Eternal (Ft. Mos Def, Jay Electronica, and J Cole) I spotted this gem over at Dom’s earlier today and, as you can tell from the lead image, it’s hotter than fire. Everyone…