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Riff: Talib Kweli – “Hold It Now”

May 6, 2013

Got a buzz like I’m Georgia Tech/They still cheerin like I’m all that’s left/The air is toxic where you draw your breath/Resurrect the music I’m snatchin’ it from the claws of death

from Hold It Now lyrics by Talib Kweli

Working with Oh No, helps loosen things up – the chopped samples slow Talib down and you can finally take a breather. It’s still very punchy, however, and embraces more unwarranted aggression than necessary. Talib is relentless though and is adamant about protecting the culture he loves most.

Riff by Jeff Min

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

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