This past Friday, Talib Kweli and Diamond D released their joint album Gotham.
Talib has done collaborative efforts with Hip Hop royalty like Yasiin Bey (Black Star), Hi-Tek (Reflection Eternal), Madlib (Liberation), 9th Wonder (Indie 500) and Styles P (The Seven) in the past so when Gotham was announced earlier this year, we were not surprised.
Talib and the Diggin’ in the Crates Crew member offer 10 tracks for their self titled effort with guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Skyzoo, Niko Is and more.
“One of the first well-known producers to ever show me love in this music business was the legend Diamond D. I was raised on his music, from his solo work to the incredible contributions he’s made on the albums of others like Big L, Yasiin Bey, A Tribe Called Quest, Fat Joe, Fugees and many others. As a Bronx native, his sound represents the best, most original hip-hop in the world, New York City” Talib said of the duo formation.
“My city, in the DC Universe, Gotham, is located somewhere in New Jersey. But in real life, the Gotham from the Batman comics is 100% based in New York City. New York City was nicknamed Gotham before Batman was created, and this Gotham project is dedicated to Old New York. This documentation is necessary, especially in these pandemic lockdown times. The great cities of the world will never be the same after what we are currently experiencing. It’s the duty of those who actually lived it to tell these stories. New York will never not be great, but the New York we are talking about in Gotham is not for everybody. If it’s for you, then you are down by law,” he continued.
Stream Gotham below.