Talib Kweli Addresses Racial Inequality in “Radio Science” Video
Talib Kweli never fails to deliver a powerful message through his music. The Brooklyn native addresses racial injustice in the moving video to "Radio Silence" which was released last week (Feb. 26).
The 42-year-old tapped Freestyle Fellowship's Myka 9 and Amber Coffman for the song which appears on his eighth studio album Radio Silence. Throughout the visual, a ballerina dancing with tape over her mouth moves across the screen. An African-American boy also walks into an open park where he hangs a noose rope over a tree with an American flag at his side.
The video panels to a painted mural picturing a piece of paper that reads, "The Definitive List of Everything That Will Keep You Safe as a Black Woman Being in America." The note is filled with blank space the rest of the white paper, symbolizing the lack of protection for minorities in the United States. The word woman also happens to be crossed out on the mural, but is still legible.
"Refuse to beholden to your racist image of a Black man/Kiss my entire colon/Great mind, even though the legacy is stolen/It’s all for the silver and gold/You can tell you in the ghetto from the litter in the road," Kweli raps, addressing the social issues he experiences as an African-American man living in the United States.
Talib has definitely been making some big statements recently. During a Denver concert it was revealed that Yasiin Bey and Talib would be teaming up the first Black Star project in 20 years and it will be exclusively produced by Madlib. The project may even see a release in 2018.
Check out the socially conscious "Radio Silence" video below.
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