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WATCH MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI PERFORM AT FAT BEATS 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY FROM 1997

Mos Def performing out West for the Fat Beats LA 1 Year Anniversary party back in ’97. All Mos had out at that time was the “Universal Magnetic” 12″ (not including features and UTD). Once he brings out Kweli you can hear the early beginnings of what would soon become Black Star. Shout out to the Beat Junkies and Skratch Piklz who also rocked that show.

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TIM WESTWOOD UNEARTHS TALIB KWELI, PHAROAHE MONCH & LAST EMPEROR FREESTYLE FROM 2001

Tim Westwood has been doing his thing lately with yanking some vintage freestyles out of his personal digital vault. This one in particular should resonate with any hip hop head who adored the Rawkus era as the 2001 versions of Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Last Emperor (who had just signed with Aftermath) bless the mic with a freestyle over Erick Sermon’s “Music” instrumental.