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Riff: Talib Kweli – “Favela Love”

May 6, 2013

I don’t want to bang it, beat it or stab it/Listening to Voodoo I call it the black magic/Jammin up the traffic you bubble it don’t stop/It might blow up but it won’t go pop

from Favela Love lyrics by Talib Kweli

The tone of Talib’s voice works well over this Brazlian-themed, two-stepper. He keeps it light and airy, throwing wispy punchlines with Ali-like precision. He hands off the baton to Seu Jorge, who anchors the song with some sweet musings.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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