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Video for Talib Kweli’s latest takes hip hop back to its New York roots

31
Mar
2014

Created in collaboration with Kweli and production company dreambear, its packed with color and custom typefaces, the songs lyrics appearing like graffiti art daubed on New Yorks imposing brownstone buildings. Its animated and otherwordly — starring a flaming microphone, a lightning-powered car, and an Akira-esque hip hop monstrosity — but it still evokes the New York that both Kweli and hip hop itself call home. Animator Daniel Cordero cited the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat as one of his major influences in creating the video. Speaking to The Verge, Cordero said Basquiat — a pioneering artist active in New York in the 1980s — was instrumental in making hip hop, graffiti, and street art a true art worthy of being exhibited in museums and galleries. But Cordero says his influences werent confined to the East Coast.

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