Talib Kweli Preaches the “Hostile Gospel”


Talib KweliI have Anthony and Rod to thank for turning me on to “conscious” rappers like Talib Kweli. He just performed here in Charlotte last night in support of his new CD entitled “Eardrum.” I would’ve liked to have gone, but I had other plans. One of the first tracks off the record is called “Hostile Gospel,” in which he critiques (among other things) the hip-hop industry and it’s profound affect on black youth culture (and calls upon a higher power to intervene):

To black kids wishin’ they white kids when they close they eyelids
Like “I bet they neighborhood ain’t like this”
White kids wishin’ they black kids, and wanna talk like rappers
It’s all backwards, it’s identity crisis
The industry inside us is vipers with fangs trying to bite us
Drug suppliers is the health care providers
We cakin’ makin’ narcotics outta household products
We ain’t workin’ out til we exorcise the demons that’s inside us
Plus they seem to just provide us with enough rope to hang ourselves
Enough dope to slang ourselves, enough toast to bang ourselves …
In these trying days and times
All I need is to be free
I can’t do it on my own
Lord can you deliver me?
There are trials still to come
It’s salvation that I need
So I’m reaching to the sky
Lord can you deliver me?
Deliver us

Listen to the whole thing and practice a little Pentecost (warning: profanity):

If you’re ready to dig even deeper, check out Talib Kweli’s “N!88a5 Lie A Lot” where he gets even more explicit about the hip-hop industry: “Do not believe a word these guys are saying / They are just caricatures of themselves / It’s not really real / It’s just television.”



Posted on 08-02-2007

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