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May 23, 2003 11:30 AM   Subscribe

Footage of a young Jay-Z freestyling. You gotta start somewhere (From if you care).
posted by Slimemonster (7 comments total)

Jay-Z's great, but he's got nothing on Talib Kweli's freestyles.
posted by SweetJesus at 12:00 PM on May 23, 2003

Sure, Jay-Z is great, but can he bust a move like my man Vin Diesel?
posted by hipnerd at 12:47 PM on May 23, 2003

No kiddin'... no idea who Talib is, but he's pretty damn good.
posted by Witty at 1:13 PM on May 23, 2003

jay-z has got great flow, but doesn't really talk about anything other then money and ho's. many people have heard him. talib speaks on many issues, but will interrupt his flow to say it.

talib kweli and mos def (with hi-tek producing) made the blackstar album, the best album of both of their careers.
posted by the aloha at 1:30 PM on May 23, 2003

Talib Kweli is a new school Brooklyn MC who's been around, in one form or another, for a while. He did a record with Mos Def called "Blackstar", and a record with DJ Hi-Tek called "Reflection Eternal".

He's on Rawkus Records, and been on a bunch of Soundbombing comps with everyone from the Roots to Planet Asia. He just released his first solo CD, "Quality".

Next to the Perceptionists (Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, and DJ Faks One), Mos Def and Talib Kweli are probably my favorite MCs.
posted by SweetJesus at 1:36 PM on May 23, 2003

Footage of a young Jay-Z freestyling.

something about the tie and the backdrop makes me think this was no freestyle. [/hater] Thanks for the link, Slimemonster.
posted by eddydamascene at 2:12 PM on May 23, 2003

If you buy the Soundbombing comps you can also find pre-Dre Eminem and pre-DefJux El-P.

I go back and forth on my favorite MC. All-time, probably Mos Def or Chuck D. Today, Dose One, Sage Francis, or Slug.
posted by subgenius at 4:22 PM on May 24, 2003

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