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John Forte Celebrates His ‘Homecoming’ with Talib Kweli

After reading John Forte's very personal account of his first day out of prison on The Daily Beast, I was filled with a melancholy mix of sadness and hope. I felt sadness for the fact that this otherwise intelligent young man got caught up in a mess of his own doing and lost seven years of his life in the penal system. But I also felt the hope of a man given a second chance to do right, to be better. How many of our Black men don't get that chance or if they do, they squander it? Forte has been out of jail for a little over a month now, so there's no telling what his future may hold, but I'm rooting for him and looking forward to what he has in store personally (he seriously needs to write a book) and professionally. If this track with Talib Kweli where they both flow over the instrumental to Kanye's "Homecoming" is any indication, then perhaps John Forte hasn't missed a beat.   


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  1. Never really liked Forte when he came out but I guess he worked on his craft while locked up because his wordplay and delivery are both on point, very seldom does another MC outshine Talib on his own track. Forte does on this joint. I'm a wait and see what he does in the next few weeks before i officially jump on his bandwagon:-)

  2. I remember Carly Simon was one of the ones petitioning for John Forte's release. Carly and John, now that's an odd friendship.

  3. yeah Soulrific, both Carly and her son Ben. it's interesting how that all came about. i'd love to hear that story from John. i wouldn't be surprised if a book is in John Forte's future.

  4. Talib has one of the best voices in hip-hop and I'm glad to see that he maintains it very well.

  5. I've always liked Forte...I think I read sometime ago that he went to school with Carly's son Ben, and that they were friends. that's how she became an advocate for pardoning him....

  6. Forte can still rip it good to see. But I'm ROFLMBAO @ him reading his lyrics from his BlackBerry.

  7. mr. forte is a brilliant violinist, pianist, producer,composer,citizen, gallant gentlemen who has been denied his freedom because pale americans believe they are 100% anglo-saxon,lol. lynneluvah, have youever been incarcerated for years? well , i have statewise, there are no blackberries behind those bars, except the original humanbeings treated as a number--doyour math,your power of refinement needs work. you too, soulrifiic, it's called humanity,doing instead of talking--work your math. stoneyisland as a female in my 55th year you are wise beyond your years and work your math serendipitously. bravissimo' peaceeeeeee be with us all, ganja 2.. i am j.

  8. mr. forte is a brilliant violinist, pianist, producer,composer,citizen, gallant gentlemen who has been denied his freedom because pale americans believe they are 100% anglo-saxon,lol. lynneluvah, have youever been incarcerated for years? well , i have statewise, there are no blackberries behind those bars, except the original humanbeings treated as a number--doyour math,your power of refinement needs work. you too, soulrifiic, it's called humanity,doing instead of talking--work your math. stoneyisland as a female in my 55th year you are wise beyond your years and work your math serendipitously. bravissimo' peaceeeeeee be with us all, ganja 2.. i am j.



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