The 50 Best Rawkus Records Songs

50. Talib Kweli f/ Common and Anthony Hamilton "Ghetto Show" (2004)

Album: The Beautiful Struggle
Producer: Supa Dave West


Talib Kweli and Common are no strangers to speaking about the struggle of the ghettos, but here they find beauty in it. "Ghetto Show" is about two MCs trying to find inspiration within the spirit of the inner city.

Talib Kweli is particularly impressive. He flips Jay-Z's famous line from "Moment of Clarity," saying, "If lyrics sold, then truth be told/I'll probably be just as rich and famous as Jay-Z/Truthfully I wanna rhyme like common sense/Next best thing I do a record with Common Sense." He then seamlessly grounds himself by remembering the fallen brothers and the still-current violence between inner city youths. Common closes things off with a spiritual resolution that brings everything full circle. It's touching stuff.

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