Aging and evolving gracefully in the hip-hop game isn’t an easy feat to achieve, but a handful of veteran emcees continue to command our attention with consistently powerful, provocative rhymes. De La Soul, JAY-Z, Nas and the Wu-Tang brethren immediately come to mind, as does the one-and-only Talib Kweli. Known for his incisive wordplay and topical, timely themes, Kweli has proven time and time again that he remains one of the most vital voices not just in hip-hop, but across the broader musical landscape.
Featuring Rick Ross on the middle verse and Yummy Bingham on the chorus, “Heads Up Eyes Open” is the inspired lead single from Kweli’s forthcoming eighth solo studio album Radio Silence, due to arrive in stores November 17th. Once again demonstrating his keen understanding of and empathy for the human condition with his signature clarity and cognizance, Kweli kicks off the initial verse in eloquent form, rhyming “A wise man know what he know and what he doesn't / If he's not really sure what he's saying, he don't discuss it / A righteous man walks the earth without judgment / And loves his enemies enough to deliver justice.” A fitting description of the man himself, we’d say.
Watch the video below and mark November 17th on your calendars now.