Hip Hop Culture

Lupe Fiasco

Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip-hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity. He adopted the name Lupe Fiasco and began recording songs in his father's basement, and joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco...

Talib Kweli

A far cry from the image-driven gangster rappers of the late 1990s, emcee Talib Kweli strives to "reconcile left-wing idealism with the anything-goes attitude of hip hop," according to critic Kelefa Sanneh in the New York Times. He seems "determined to move hip hop past materialism," noted Jon...

Ali Shaheed Muhammed

DJ/Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad is known around the world as one-third of the legendary hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, but he began his musical career in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. It was there that his uncle, Michael Jones, a bass player and DJ himself, pulled aside 8-year-old Ali...