In the late '90s and early 2000s, Talib Kweli wasn't seen as a star. He was mostly known for being an underground king, often overshadowed by the universal magnetic appeal of the artist formerly known as Mos Def who he teamed up with to form Black Star. But that all changed in late 2002/early 2003 when he released his best song ever, "Get By." The Kanye West produced anthem became Kweli's highest charting single ever, helped his solo debut album Quality recieve rave reviews, and firmly established Kanye as the guy who could give a hit to just about anyone. 

In the second episode of our new series Magnum Opus, Complex TV digs deep into the story behind the making of this hip-hop classic. With interviews from Kweli himself—as well as 88-KeysRalph McDaniels, Pete Rock, Miss Info, and Complex's own Editor-In-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever—learn not only how the song was made but the impact it had on not only Kweli's career, but hip-hop itself.

Watch the story of how "Get By" became Talib Kweli's Magnum Opus. And be sure to catch more Magnum Opus on Complex TV.

Plus, as a bonus, catch a clip of Kweli talking about how he puts together his set lists in an interview with Superglued. 




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