The BK MC Talib Kweli is back, with new music from his latest album ‘Prisoner of Conscious‘ dropping this Tuesday (May 7th). Rocket Ships is produced by the RZA and features Busta Rhymes? Yeah, you can’t wait to hear this. So click play already! iTunes Deluxe-Edition Pre-Order: smarturl.it/TalibPOC
This is actually a roundtable discussion, sans the actual table, between five people, but I couldn’t fit all that into a headline. Talib Kweli engages with HUFF POST LIVE hostÂ Marc Lamont Hill. News & Lifestyle Editor of Ebony.comJamilah Lemeiux, Washington Post Columist Rahiel Tesfamariam and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate, Journalist and Activist Rosa Clemente, as they discuss the recent controversial statements made by Rick Ross, being called “rape lyrics”, Lil Wayne’s“Emmett Till” reference and even Beyonce’s lyrics in her new song “Bow Down”. This is not “Street Soldiers” on HOT97. This is a sophisticated conversation between a group of educated intellectuals. Kwelirepresents Hip Hop and himself very well as heÂ presents his case for critique of Ross and any artists who are miguided from a place of love and wanting them to change, rather than demonizing them as monsters.
There is plenty of debate as the five ask and attempt to answer “when do words cross the line and should lyrics be policed?” I must say this is one of the most intelligent healthy debates on the subject I have ever heard. Watching this video is definitely a good place for this discussion to start in our own lives, with our own friends and family, especially among the youth population who are heavy consumers of all of these artists’ music and are trying to come to grips with the lyrics as they figure out what is right and wrong, themselves. I salute all involved in making this, including Huffington Post. Share this and get the conversations started in your own community.
We were psyched when we learned that Spike Lee himself put his blessing on Skyzoo’s single “Spike Lee Was My Hero” ft. Talib Kweli, appearing in the video and everything. Check the BTS Footage, if you haven’t seen it. The finished product is truly cinematic. Directed by Alex Ghassan | Song Produced by Tall Black Guy.
Single at iTunesÂ | Album DREAMS DEFERRED on iTunes. (With Bonus Track!)
Check out the behind the scenes footage of the “Spike Lee Was My Hero” video shoot, featuring Talib Kweli and Spike Lee. The video, directed by Alex Ghassan of A Nu Day Media, is slated to be released on 1/22/13, and this exclusive BTS piece, featuring the legendary Gayle King of CBS This Morning and O Magazine, gives an inside look at the making of the vid, as well as details on the song’s creation.
Black Thought and Talib Kweli had fun filling in for Phife in this playful love rendition of the A Tribe Called Quest classic, Electric Relaxation. Video thanks to OkayPlayer! Q-Tip’s mic cut out for a minute, but it didn’t matter, we all knew the words. For those who were upset about the mic or Phife being absent “relax yourself girl, please settle down!”Â Â