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Talib Kweli is back with a music video for the song “Push Thru” featuring Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y off of Kweli’s upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious. Directed by Scott Fleishman and Fredo Tovar, the music video takes viewers through the hometowns of each rapper. Not only have these three talented rappers been through tough times, but also so have their cities. Each city sheds light on these hard times. We first stroll through New Orleans as Curren$y raps the first verse. Here we see broken homes, homeless people, historic landmarks, and America flags.
Each city is filmed with creativity; a mixture of struggle and hope. Famous for its cuisine and music, pictures of tubas, trumpets, and food are shown while we ride through New Orleans. Next, viewers enter the Big Apple through its smoky, over populated streets. Kweli is seen rapping in a number of locations. First, behind his city then a borough, probably Brooklyn because that’s where’s from.
The empire state building, Brooklyn museum, graffiti murals, and subways make up the majority of Kweli’s city. As the sun rises, we take our final trip over to Los Angeles where Kendrick Lamar takes us for a walk through his hometown, Compton. Personally, this part of my video is my favorite because it depicts such a strong message about today’s society. Our first moment with Kendrick is on the basketball court. Pay close attention to the images shot during Kendrick’s verse. The directors did an amazing job showcasing the negatives and the positives of each city. New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles STAND UP!