Kweli, Talib - What's Real Lyrics

[Hook: Talib Kweli x4]
What's real? Do you know?
What's real? Let me show ya

[Verse 1: Talib Kweli]
I'mma start this story, my influence so enormous
Got that shit you love to sing along with
Like every line is the chorus
I'm born in Brooklyn like Biggie
I'm born in Brooklyn like Jordan
I'm born in Brooklyn like Tyson
You don't live this, you just a tourist
We ride or die for them corners
Fuck your private life they spy on us
When they catch us man it's like practice
For the new taxes that they try on us
Them cops are lining them coffers
Why we get shot we lying in coffins
They want my demise cause when I arrive they stop for lines so often
Nigga just stop, you might as well forfeit
We like Shia LaBeouf so lawless
Still recognize real, still recognize real
Like the car I'm driving you foreign
My diamond cut so flawless
No not Jews I'm talking bout [?] bitch
So if they after me like I'm Lauryn
I tell the feds that I'm moorish
We walking, all the girls is talking
Generally they butt fucking naked just like the Book of Mormon
We see the trees for them forest
My name ring them bells like a doorman
Y'all niggas game is so corny
That's why you grill them hoes just like Forman, boring

[Hook: Talib Kweli & Res x4]

[Verse 2: Talib Kweli]
Paper chasing we on that grind
Reputation on the line
Crazy, borderline - pay me, on time
Crazy, borderline - pay me, on time
Crazy, borderline - pay me, on time
Explore and discover what most fear
I will never wait til the brush clear
Swear I will never get stuck here
America, fuck yea
Measure my career in dog years
My passport got them dog ears
I set sail, travelling the world like Jesus was doing in his lost years
I might give you the pill like Morpheus
I'm like the P.E. logo in the cross hairs
Standing out cause there's nothing but whores here
Pimps rock crocodile like false tears
Bring it on through your force field
I'll be giving you nothing but the raw deal
What I say on display is the purest skill
I'll be giving y'all niggas what's more real
What's more real, what's more real?
I got chicks fighting like floor sales
You gossiping bloggers all fail
Look at the yardstick measuring your tall tales
And you on all fours you small scale
All in between the legs like a dog's tail
You are what you eat, you don't want no beef
You completely vegan like all kale

[Hook: Talib Kweli & Res x6]

[Outro harmonies: Res]

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Kweli, Talib What's Real Comments
  1. Keith Sinclair

    Kweli been killin' it since Black Star & I am proud to say I have every album/project he has done and his growth with each is amazing and not surprising in the least bit!

    Salute to REAL HIP HOP!!!

  2. WE DO ISH

    Nice seeing RES. That's REAL and WELL PLAYED. Ps. She single?

  3. Beverly Grandy

    Talib is so underrated n underestimated in Music, Politics, and life!!

  4. By Any Means Necessary

    One of the most underrated MCs.

  5. Jahha H

    Dope beat n song... 👍👍👍🙏

  6. Joe Zhang


  7. Christopher Quinn


  8. Brian Pearson

    passport got them dog ears, I set sail traveling the world like Jesus was doing in his lost years

  9. Mac Flex

    "I'm the P E logo in cross the cross hairs" wow!!

  10. Mika Bailey

    Always The Shit !!!!

  11. Catherine Holm

    subscribed... real hip hop, real

  12. Gen Kinks

    To be real, had meeee. Subscribed

  13. Starr brown brown

    nice song ur words is very powerful but something missing

    sky a.

    probably lines like.. 'corporate america', 'poor kids, child labor' , and lifes struggles... the usual but I thank Talib for this one


    more views are missing.

    fat bah Diallo

    Starr brown brown ...true...perhaps a Lil more vocals from Ms. Res???

  14. keela keela

    My issssssshhhhhhhhh!!!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾💯💯👍🏽👍🏽🔥🔥🔥 Talk about truths! In the whip appeal!!!!

  15. Mika Bailey

    My medication!!!! TY!

  16. Nicholas Klacsanzky

    It's like he's becoming an underground rapper with his amount of views, but he gets better and better.

  17. rycho rycho

    one the best track by talib kweli

  18. The Radioactive Blog


  19. KnownCharacterMan

    Lovin' this track. Talib is vicious.

  20. Justin M.


  21. Matthew Young

    res can get it

  22. Bernardo Tv lacky

    Talib kweli sempre forte

  23. Andrew Sharif

    play this at a party and watch everyone tear the club up on some one love type shit for real

  24. elbrucs bytes

    Yeah!!! QUERETARO CITY Mexico.

  25. Lionel "PopPop" Stull

    Damn, This beat and Vibe is making me have festival flashbacks

  26. Brian *Hip Hop* Walker


  27. kamikazi Nottz


  28. FlipStar26


  29. Patrick Gituma

    Nairobi, Kenya, Ebony Lounge...October 23rd 2014, we there we there!!! Cant believe it till it happens


    Racist music video, everything is "racist".. What a pussy

  31. Mark Dice

    Poor Talib.  Had a taste of mainstream success 12 years ago but now can't even break 50,000 views on an official music video. 

    Bobby Marley

    Lol Markie Dont encourage beef. You gotta be Better then that.

    Supreme Gene

    Fart rice brought me hear. You are a fraud markopolo. Always talking the illuminati shit and you don't even know what it mean. Stop playing dumb. Support the good music markdickheaddice.

    Icky Mirage

    more views = better music?  clever conclusion

    NinjaKid 415

    I agree, it's very sad. The reason for this is because the majority of those listening to what I categorize as "rap"  do not have an ear for authentic "hip hop".

    Royal Skeptic

    Music for the soul was not meant for the soulless. Music made for leaders was not meant for sheep.

  32. Dunge Raw

    This is a dope track. Kweli never disappoints. Realest MC Alive.

  33. Jordan Mutha


  34. MDplaful

    This shit hot!

  35. Christian Holmes

    this sucks. i miss when talib was doing black star typestuff. still better than lil wayne and that filth but stll crap

    Barry Shiel

    Are you deaf?

  36. cougheebrotha21

    don lemon whats real?

  37. Tremayne Peters

    I was sleep on Talib until earlier this year. I feel so salty!

  38. TITAN-UP Productions, LLC


  39. Caught Me Slippin'

    Golden track

  40. FebsrLoks1996

    I play this song every day !

  41. The Constant Xplorer

    This whole album is bangin.

  42. TJ Patterson

    Res is drop dead gorgeous... my bottom jaw dropped. But yeah, that's how it be at a Talib show no matter where it's at...

  43. JohnJohnerson

    What's real? Res is fuckin hAWT!! That's what's real

  44. Phillip Howard

    Kweli keep'em groov'n, Much respect for the Movement

  45. darkmoon560

    This song is so fucking trippy lol, the base is awesome!

  46. Alphonso Wilkins

    hip hop

  47. Nate Atwell

    The aspect ratio is pretty real 



  49. TheNextmovement17

    My favorite track on the GRAVITAS joint..Res is so talented and beautiful.

  50. Johny S.

    POLAND LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Jermaine Rebello

    Kwality!... As usual with this MCEO.. Props to Rich Kidd on the beat, such a nice vide... As usual with that producer. Talib really should do more work with him.

  52. Straight Goods

    Yeea dope!  The end is trippy.


    wickedness !!! 

  54. TimeLapse54321

    Res is barely even in the song :(

  55. Terry Funck


  56. kenj05211

    I love this video. The whole Gravitas album is dope, one of my favorite albums.

  57. ItsASheThIngTV

    I LOVE THIS SONG... Feels like real hip hop all over again. Talib is just brilliant, and Res... Not only is she stunning, but her talent is raw & real. Perfect.

  58. Rico Hunnicutt

    Love dis song n Res is hot.

  59. oblambo

    It's good to see Res again. I swear to you I still listen to her 2002 hits and I remember she did a pepsi commercial or whatever it was.

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  61. Eklectic Klash

    Orlando in the building!!

  62. Palmer Reed

    Thank you so much for the cameo and the opportunity to  jam with you. You are a true hip hop icon! hope to jam again real soon!

  63. HotZVP

    Res looking as good as ever!!!!!!!

  64. MissTtv

    Res is so unbelievable beautiful!! I love her music!! 

  65. Ungruma

    Brother Kwa: Real like always! Greeting from Argentina!

  66. Rardd5

    1st comment! Talib huge fan u should release the instrumental

  67. lillocosavage

    Dope newish sound