The latest mash-up album from New York producerMax Tannoneis both relaxing and inspirational. Tannone combines reggae beats from artists like Michael Prophet and King Jammy with lyrics by "conscious rapper"Talib Kweli. The juxtaposition of smooth reggae melodies and Kweli's edgy social commentary works surprisingly well, and pays tribute to the Jamaican artists who influenced the birth of rap itself.

In 2007, Kweli stopped by Studio 360 and talked with Kurt about Black Star (his duo with Mos Def) and his early days in hip-hop.

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