Talib Kweli
Sky’s The Limit

tkweli.jpgAfter the critical and commercial disappointment of his second solo album, 2004′s The Beautiful Struggle, many questioned Talib Kweli’s place in the music business. After the Kanye West-produced “Get By” became the biggest hit of his career in 2002, the Black Star MC’s follow-up album was panned for veering too far away from his underground roots. To some, it seemed as if Kweli’s decade-long career was on a downward spiral. But a few weeks ago, the Brooklyn native silenced the cynics by debuting at number two on the Billboard chart with his new album, Eardrum, the first release on his new deal with the Warner Music Group. To everyone’s surprise, Kweli even outsold Swizz Beatz’s heavily-promoted One Man Band Man, which debuted the same week. The upset proved Talib’s career was alive and kicking. While on the road promoting Eardrum, XXLMag.com caught up with Kweli to discuss his strong Billboard debut, beating Swizzy in sales and finding solace in proving the haters wrong.

How did it feel to debut at number two on the Billboard chart with Eardrum?
It felt good, but it’s tempered. It’s not my highest selling debut—that would be The Beautiful Struggle—but it’s my highest chart position. But the whole industry is down. So I’m really happy that even though record sales are slowing down, my record sales have remained consistent. And because my record sales remain consistent in an industry that’s slowing down, my chart position goes up.

Were you surprised you outsold Swizz Beatz?
Honestly, I wasn’t surprised at all. I had no idea what Swizzy’s numbers would be, but my numbers came as no surprise because I was able to accurately project [them]. I thought I was going to sell around 60 thousand and I sold about 61 thousand. It’s because I go on tour. Swizz Beatz has an incredible album [One Man Band Man]. I really enjoy [it]. And he has huge radio singles, at least in the New York area. I don’t know how big his records were outside of New York. Plus, Swizz Beatz is a very rich man. He was on the Forbes list [of “Hip-Hop Cash Kings”] and he don’t have to tour. His money is made in a studio. My money is made on the road. So sometimes because my money is made on the road, it’s tough for the industry to gauge.

Do you feel vindicated at all?
Yeah, I feel like consistency is king and the product is king. Say what you wanna say, people have all types of criticism, but they stay talking about me. Just before I got on the phone with you, I read somebody criticizing my lyrics from “Brown Skin Lady” and how wack my lyrics were and how I must never get no ass. I’m like, “Really?” Is that what you really think? Like, you’re really on a blog talking about I’m not getting no ass for lyrics over 10 years ago when I probably…never mind. I’m about to get rude and vulgar, which I don’t want to do. But, yeah, people will be way off base with what they think my life be like.

It’s interesting that The Beautiful Struggle opened with your best numbers, but people consider that album a disappointment.
Yeah, when I heard Kanye [West] repeat 50 [Cent’s] line in “Good Life” — “50 told me, go ‘head, switch the style up/And if they hate, then let ‘em hate and watch the money pile up.” That line resonated with me. When I heard Kanye’s album [Graduation], it’s a departure from the first album, College Dropout. There’s not as many soul samples, there’s less skits, it’s a little more grown up and more about how his life is now, as opposed to how his life was when he was in the crib making beats. There’s a lot of rock and pop influences on that album. And when I heard it, I was like, “Wow, this is what I was trying to achieve with Beautiful Struggle.” Maybe I failed at achieving it, maybe I failed miserably, or maybe they just weren’t ready for it. That remains to be seen. But it’s a testament to knowing what my career needs as opposed to listening to the fans. [The Beautiful Struggle] has some real beautiful things on there. It allowed me to tour with Kanye, Black Eyed Peas [and the] Beastie Boys. So I’m very happy with that album, regardless of what some fan that has a blog has to say.

It’s interesting to see artists such as UGK, Common and Kanye West debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, especially in a time when ringtone artists are supposed to be dominant. What do you think that says about the industry?
I think when you look at all those artists, the consistent thing is those fans are going to be there regardless of what’s going on with the trends in the music business. It’s very hard and not fair for an artist that’s coming out with a record that does well with ringtones, but the record company is so concerned about their bottom line that they feel like they’ve made their money selling ringtones [and] they don’t make sure this artist connects with his fans. So [the artist] comes out thinking he’s about to have this kind of career. He don’t get out on the road, there’s no A&Ring going on, there’s no artistic grooming. Motown [Records], say what you wanna say about Berry Gordy, [but] he had physical trainers, musical trainers [and] people set up to support the artist. That stuff doesn’t exist anymore.

On “NY Weather Report,” you say, “Too many equate success with imitating these crackers.” Can you elaborate on the meaning behind that line?
You have a lot of white hip-hop fans who get mad at groups like dead prez or Immortal Technique for using the word cracker, like we shouldn’t listen to that or they are racist for saying something like that. But these are the same fans that will go and buy a Redman or Ghostface album and think it’s the greatest thing on earth. Which they are—I love both Ghostface and Redman—but my point in saying that is, if you can go and buy an album and listen to a rapper say, “Nigga, nigga, nigga,” then you should also be prepared to listen to some “crackers” too.

Spin Magazine criticized Eardrum because of your voice, stating, “Though Kweli can’t change his voice he was born with, he needs to figure out how to make it as compelling as his material.” What’s your reaction to Spin’s review?
Yeah, fuck Spin Magazine. They can all kiss my ass. To be honest with you, man, if you look at Spin’s history—and I really hope you print this—they’ve always shitted on me from the first Black Star cover when they had me and Mos [Def] behind podiums, even though I protested that. Spin Magazine only gives white rappers good reviews. If you’re a white rapper, or somebody the hipsters like, then they’re fucking with you. If they’re someone who talks about the conditions going on in the world and talks passionately about your community…I really feel like they’re racist because they’ve done nothing but show me a lot of hate throughout my career, so fuck ‘em. That was something I felt in my gut until I read this review, because they didn’t talk about the music at all. The review was like, I just don’t like the guy as a person and I never will, so I’m a give him two stars.

Common is an artist who’s elevated his celebrity outside of music, through acting. Have you thought about getting your chops up?
Well, I did acting when I was younger. That’s what I went to college for. I went to TISCH NYU for it and I studied experimental theater. So that’s an area I’m very well versed in: acting, techniques of film and stuff like that. I’ve gone on many auditions, but I haven’t really put my heart into it. Common moved out to Los Angeles and didn’t make a record for a year and instead took acting lessons and aggressively pursued it. And I don’t know if I’m at the point in my career where I wanna do that. I think that’s something that he wanted to do and it paid off for him. But what I think paid off for me is really honing my craft and mastering the rhyme. Common got himself more celebrity from acting, which is great for all of us. It makes all of us look bigger. But it also makes my position more clear to me. If Common is getting more celebrity from acting, just like Mos [Def], Andre [3000] and Tariq [Black Thought], who is about to do a film this year, that means the reason I’m debuting at number two is strictly because of the rhymes—nothing else, there are no frills. And that’s something for me to be proud of.

  • G-VILLIAN

    Talib keep on keeping it real to what’s real to you. not what they think is real and i’ll keep coping them albums.

  • G. Coleman

    Talib Kweli is the truth. And his album is the best I’ve heard in a while….

  • Fire

    Talib Kweli is vastly underrated by the hip hop community as a whole, and it’s BS. He’s one of the most consistent spitters in the game, and his lyrics make you think. His new album is great. He’s right about consistency and product being king, something more rappers should take notice of. Great interview.

  • stoneyisland

    Real Mc, real peoples music. Talib is the truth. Buy his new joint

  • craigB

    Talib who? I can’t believe people actually like this dude, he on that played out back to Africa bullshit, man fuck Talibie Quewli Qua Blah Blah – what kind of rapper has a name like that – he got to be gay or something, and his shit bores me to death, now where my gangsta shit at……..

    • http://www.capitalmindz.com Solomon

      Wow. Are you serious. I thought you were like reciting some shit from “Riley” on the boondocks. How old are you dog? “what kind of *rapper* name is that?” Thats his God given name you ignorant fuking….know what. Never mind.

  • Z. Juice

    Talib Kweli is tied with Nas for my favorite living rapper, Eardrum was amazing, everyone should listen to it at least once.

  • Thuganomics

    Talib back with a new album, that fool is wack as a mothaf***er, I never felt his style, and (I am not joking here) if you wanna get laughed at or get your ass kicked, go to the hood and tell people you like Talib – real niggas don’t even go near this s***.

    • Derreck R.

      real niggas dont call themselves “thuganomics”

      you dont know what real is

  • stacey123

    I limewired his album, and it wasn’t that good – every song was talking about the same shit – like I’m proud to be black and I am a moral guy – I’m like nigga please, we don’t hear this BS on every song – damn I need something to bump in the ride u know, so anyway I give him like 2/5 .

  • Josh

    Um, hipsters love Kweli…

  • Jermaine-princeofcashville

    Ayo fuck dat nigga mayne TAlib – he one of dem bookstore rappers, yeah real niggas know what I mean – one of them white boys disguised in black body type mothafuckas, that guy probably never been in a fight in his life, never shot at noboby, never been in bed later than 11pm, never broke a law in his life – so fuck TAlib – he ain’t built for this rap shit – I aint even gonna bother downloading his shit.

    • 604White

      Stop Hating on Talib, You Fuckin Knuckle Dragging Chimps

      *Why dont you all just Continue Shooting eachother*

      Talibs One Of the Best,Take his Lyrics to concideration
      Maybe grow a pear

  • S-Loc

    “Talib Kweli is tied with Nas for my favorite living rapper, Eardrum was amazing, everyone should listen to it at least once.”

    R U smoking crack or sumthing – man Nas is washed up and Talib doesn’t even sound like a man in his songs – he real feminine like that.

    I have to admit Nas made some tight songs 10 years ago before he was washed up, but Talib – get the fuck outta here – the guy music is specifically tailored towards 40-year old middle-age woman – if you ain’t one of those Oprah types then you must be a homo if you listen to that s*** bro.

  • PAUSE

    i havent heard his new cd, but honestly dude is the truth n a real person whos a real lyricist, the kid CRAIGB who hated on his name n africa sayin where my gangsta shit at, is probly just some fuckin herb who really knows nothing about the streets or gangsta shit, dogg u dont kno about life n how many perspecitives n experiences different ppl have, so u cant accept nuthin different, ur not real, saying “hes probly gay or somethin” wat r u talkin about dude, does that make any sense, ur a homo for even bringin that up, maybe he bores u okay i accept that, but other than dogg ur just a waist of life 4real grow the fuk up bitch

  • Fire

    Thuganomics Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 3:28 pm
    Talib back with a new album, that fool is wack as a mothaf***er, I never felt his style, and (I am not joking here) if you wanna get laughed at or get your ass kicked, go to the hood and tell people you like Talib – real niggas don’t even go near this s***.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Do you mean real dumb people don’t go near it for fear of hearing something intelligent? Just a question.

    craigB Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 3:22 pm
    Talib who? I can’t believe people actually like this dude, he on that played out back to Africa bullshit, man fuck Talibie Quewli Qua Blah Blah – what kind of rapper has a name like that – he got to be gay or something, and his shit bores me to death, now where my gangsta shit at……..
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    First off, Talib Kweli is part of his real name. Second, I like all areas of hip hop, from Jeezy to Kweli, but all this hating on intelligent music is BS. Granted, Ear Drum wasn’t as good as Reflection Eternal, but it was still good. People must not like being smart on some level.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I limewired his album, and it wasn’t that good – every song was talking about the same shit – like I’m proud to be black and I am a moral guy – I’m like nigga please, we don’t hear this BS on every song

    ^^^

    Of course not, instead of hearing how ‘moral’ people are, you’d rather hear some minstel shit about how broke people need to live in a basement and have 76 inch rims on their car, and how they need to go to the club and order a bottle of $300 liquor while they got a cabinet full of Ramen noodles at home .. or what the “Brand New Dance” is. Idiot.

    he one of dem bookstore rappers, yeah real niggas know what I mean

    ^^^^^
    .. um … do you mean “smart”. Dumbass.

    one of them white boys disguised in black body type mothafuckas,

    ^^^^^^

    Oh because when black people are smart, they’re “acting white” right?. Moron.

    that guy probably never been in a fight in his life, never shot at noboby, never been in bed later than 11pm, never broke a law in his life

    ^^^^^

    Take notes people, this is the criteria for “being real” … If you haven’t shot nobody and your more than 13yrs old, you behind like a mothafucka. If you’re older than 30 and you still haven’t found nobody to shoot, shit, shoot yourself in the leg if you have too. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to “break a law” people, there’s nothing smarter than risking yourself going to jail over some dumb shit.

    It’s OK not to like Talib for your own personal reason, but the statements made above about why they don’t like him are just fuckin’ stupid. Really. If you wrote them, please, re-read them and tell me that maybe you were smoked up when you wrote that shit, cuz you can’t be serious.

    … real niggas don’t read books … yeah right. Most of the cats that you’d consider “real” (according to your descriptions) are the ones that read the most books cuz that’s all you can do when you’re sitting in a jail cell doing life in prision.

    Think people think.

  • mr martin

    all the cat making thugged out comments in the comments are white teens from nebraska. real gs don’t talk crazy on the internet. they just don’t. you either like Talib or you don’t. Be a Man. And proof is that plenty cats named Talib in the hood, like Hassan or Jamel. Dudes is queers on these comments

  • PAUSE

    yo Jermaine-princeofcashville aka bitch boy who thinks hes real, yo i really hope u shot somebody, please write back and admit that, cause that makes u real, n if you didnt shoot anybody then “ur not built for this rap shit”, obviously you dont know what this “rap shit” was orginally built upon, u didnt have to kill anybody to spit, the best rapppers that ever did it arent known for being murderers, theyre known for being ill lyricists w/ style, etc. maybe they rapped about it (true or not) but thats not what made them legends, do your homework u dumb bastard

  • WORD

    Word to my effin opinion!!!!!!!!!!

    While I like some of Jeezy and Weezy and even some of these “young” cats, they perpetuate the idea that its cool to dumb stuff that will get u put up under the jail. And 2/3rds of these dudes never lived that life. Shooting somebody makes you real and being smart is lame?????????? Whuts up w/ that gahbage?????

  • Z. Juice

    S-Loc
    So i must be a homo to listen to people that actually have something important to say in their songs, instead of listening to people brag about how much money they got, all the crimes that they have done in their life, and how their life is so much better then mine.

    I know that most people will say that every rapper talks about those in some of their songs, while thats true its not in every song they make and usually when they are talking about this they have a message in the song.

    Just like Lupe Fiasco said in his new song, rappers have to dumb down their lyrics for people like you who only want to hear good beats with a man with shitty lyrics rapper on top of it, instead of what it used to be of a rapper taking time in creating a creative verse that actually meant something, and put it over a beat that suits the tone of the song.

    Thats why I listen to people like Nas, and Kweli and others like KRS-One instead of lil Wayne, mims, mike jones or any of the other shitty rappers that only rap about the stuff I listed above, you can tell from their lyrics that they only care about how much records they sell. If you aren’t in it just for the love of the music, you don’t belong in the industry.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    thought the new album’s wack, but dude seems pretty smart.

  • peez

    It’s got to be these young kids on here talking that ignorant shit that don’t know nothing. These little kids thinks that half of these studio gangstas out right now is real!!! Dumb fucks two stupid to realize it’s only entertainment.
    Listen to Chuck D, don’t believe the hypE!!!

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    i bought it. i think its dope.

  • DC 24

    I saw someone post something that said real ni**as don’t go near his sh*t and the dumb ass is right. Real hip hop goes and hears his stuff. Man it is real sad as a street educated man we have to hate on another brother and think the only good music is gansta sh*t. Open your mind brother.

  • G2

    Wow, there are some dumb/sad- ass people commenting in this interview. Like someone said earlier, if you don’t like his music, ok, move on. But to list these dumb ass reasons as to why you don’t like him (none of which mention his lyrical ability or flow) really makes yourself look bad. Talib is Arabic for teacher, and Kweli is Kiswahili (east African language) for truth. Put that shit together idiots. Kwe, the new album is fire! I can’t wait ’till ya’ll drop that Jean Grae album.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Junkman

    I think he was evasive with the “imitating these crackas” explanation. I think he’s really talking about how flashing money and cars and shiny rims is what crackas have/still do mainly, cuz they like to throw around their clout in people’s faces. When black folk be glorifying these things, thinking it’s the best thing in the world, that’s when they imitating these crackas.

    Oh yeah, and Ear Drum still probably the best album of the year. There really hasn’t been anything else monumental from this year, so Ear Drum wins by default.

  • http://www.myspace.com/drewskibeats drewski

    He put on a great show in Houston the other night.

    However, I met him backstage at the show he did with Jean Grae about a year prior, and he was a complete asshole.

    I know alot of people he works with, and do business with him, but in the period of 5 minutes, I went from being his biggest fan, to looking at him like “you are a dick”.

    Eardrum is cool. I loved Beautiful Struggle. I’ve been a fan since Black Star, Reflection Eternal, etc.

    Some of these cats need to check themselves. Maybe he was having a bad night when I met him, but dude was a “diva”. Straight up.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com REAL TALK

    talib kweli is a dope MC and a real nigga. All these fools sayin they don’t like Talib are too fuckin stupid to understand his rhymes and are too scared to hear something intelligent. Stick to your swag D4L tunes and let us real hip hop fans listen to some real hip hop. Fuck Craig B and Thuganomics. gay illiterate motherfuckers

  • Stonyman

    And the cycle continues

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Kareem

    Prince of bitchville shut the fuck up with that non sense get a life you probably sittin playing Grand Theft Auto & fellin like you gangsta bitch get the fuck outta here wannabe G

  • Fire

    It’s official: That prince of bullshit is officially the dumbest and most ill informed person I have ever seen on and XXL Mag comments thread. Guess it’s white to be smart, huh? Tell that to all the black businessmen. Smart has nothing to do with being white. Plus, rap was originally built on escaping the streets, so learn your history and get familiar, crackhead. Just because you’re an ignoramus who was dropped on your head is no reason to hate us for your lack of intelligence.

  • Be your own Man

    Talib is the truth, period. He is real hip hop and not this shoot em up bang bang bullshit. He spits real music. You understand where he’s comin from. The streets only love you for so long before it eats you alive. Look at the stats, most of these new rappers only last a month. And all they do is beef. You think they got money but they are actually spending thier advance money from the label that has to be paid back by a certain time. The cars they are drivin and the rims on them are rentals. There is a very small amount group of rappers that have money like that. And most of them been around for awhile and their “hard work is paying off”. Some of you on here sound real dumb.

  • iliveonce

    Thuganomics!!! is pussy. i mess with talib real kings messed with talib went to visit brothers in prison they listened to talib, nas..OH thuganomics is fake gansta in fact i’m betting he a racist cracker some where who is talking like you’ll get your ass beat for listening to Talib…I”M in Bed Stuy, Lewis Avenue pussy. Nat turner killed 75 white overseers he was gansta.. pussy…. Tupac was a BLACK PANTHER!!! AND HIS MOTHER…TUPAC SHOT AT COPS!! THAT’S GANGSTA NOT LISTENING TO THAT RING TONE PUNK SHIT!!…

  • TaZ

    Bookstore rapper eh? i guess intelligence is an insult nowadays. At least Talib CAN read.

  • http://www.myspace.com/therobproper rob

    so debuting at #2 makes someone washed up, unpopular, and only for oprah fans?

    i kinda wanna be all that then…

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Ignorance = the downfall of Black America. Criminal activity does not = real. Niggas who says it does = jailhouse cock warmers

  • charlie

    he says it’s alright for him to say cracker does that mean it’s alright for white boyz to call black people nigga?

  • Motor City Arice

    wow with some of those comment’s posted,it makes me embarresed to black……. some of y’all niggas is straight fools, how you gonna say a nigga aint built for rap just because he aint no gangasta. Stupid fools, rap aint nothing but ryming you know, word of mouth. Real niggas go to work every day and take care of there fam, y’all stupid wack wanna be thugs is dum for-real. you aint goota sell dope to be no rapper. Have the nigga y’all call real don’t even got any talent

  • http://yahoo triga

    fuck ya all motherfuckers

  • Stonyman

    I am glad some people on here aren’t ignorant as all fuck and have a brain that they use to think with. You stupid Dbags that think being real is about shooting people or living in the hood are sorely mistaken.

  • http://www.byroncrawford.com Def Poet

    I love it.

    So those “bookstore niggas” are herbs then?

    Yeah, they’re the ones doing something with their lives. Like moving out of mommy and daddy’s house.

    You hoods rats make me sick.

    It’d be so much better if you would just kill yourselves off so african-americans who seriously want to eradicate racism have a just argument.

    The kicker? This is coming from a WHITE MAN.

    SHIT!

  • Stan Mimix

    Damn! Everytime I think Hip Hop is on it’s way back, some ignorant shit happens. If you really think Hip Hop is about Gangstas and Pimps, get Real! Most of ya muthafuckas probably started listening to Rap this millenium. Stop dissin the Real Pioneers of Hip Hip like Talib Kweli truly is!
    Blacksmith is the movement!!

  • incognegro

    talibs ok but not my style i like swizzy better and no im not from new york either

  • http://www.xxlmagazine.com incognegro

    i like him but him and nas both preach too much.Its ok evey now and then.

  • http://smartblackdude.com Smart Black dude

    Props to Talib!!! Nas washed-up? You people are hilarious. No wonder Bush rules you. Ahahahaha. Lovin’ it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/edutainer T-Go

    I appreciate Talib.

    Dude is “real” and Lyricaly sick-wit-it!!! His show is dope and he really represents Us(hip hop folk) well.

    His name should be mentioned waaaay more regarding top or best MC’s to hold a mic.

    Thanx XXL for understanding the importance of even interviewing this brotha.

    Peace

  • http://www.myspace.com/edutainer T-Go

    I second Fire’s whole comment to the Retard who dissed Talib. I don’t think I could have said it better so:

    Thuganomics Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 3:28 pm
    Talib back with a new album, that fool is wack as a mothaf***er, I never felt his style, and (I am not joking here) if you wanna get laughed at or get your ass kicked, go to the hood and tell people you like Talib – real niggas don’t even go near this s***.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Do you mean real dumb people don’t go near it for fear of hearing something intelligent? Just a question.

    craigB Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 3:22 pm
    Talib who? I can’t believe people actually like this dude, he on that played out back to Africa bullshit, man fuck Talibie Quewli Qua Blah Blah – what kind of rapper has a name like that – he got to be gay or something, and his shit bores me to death, now where my gangsta shit at……..
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    First off, Talib Kweli is part of his real name. Second, I like all areas of hip hop, from Jeezy to Kweli, but all this hating on intelligent music is BS. Granted, Ear Drum wasn’t as good as Reflection Eternal, but it was still good. People must not like being smart on some level.

  • andre

    i cant believe that dumbass ignorant shit that was posted by these e-thugs. if you dont like it dont buy it and shut the fuck up. you are a fucking disgrace to the race if you honestly believe that this is “bookstore”, “smart” “gay” music. fuck you for even being alive. get a job and do something. talib is doing something with passion and making some quality music. make some quality in your life instead of hating on the brother doing what he loves.
    fuck that ignorant shit

  • Michelle S.

    I would hope someone like Talib would outsell wack ass Swiss Beats.

  • Michelle S.

    LMAO @ all the ignorant people. I guess since I’m intelligent, I’m not “hood”. Most of these comments need to be in the “Negro Please” section.

  • grapes

    All you bitches whinin’ about is how Kweli ain’t gangsta, he ain’t bumpin’ in the hood. I say SMARTEN UP. They’re making TONS of shit to “ride to” these days, and it’s about as fucking old as my grandparents. It’s fucking stupid, at least Talib’s subject matter (even if it is getting played out) is smart, lyrical, and REAL. Some guy posted something about the hood being dumb (subliminally), but there’s some fucks in there that is pretty brain alive. But I’m just sayin’, if ya’ll REALLY think Kweli is whack because his rhymes “sound feminine”, he’s “too bookworm”, that shit just PROVES you’re stupid.

  • grapes

    LOL at Michelle S’ 2nd comment. That’s too true.

  • Deez

    1st of all, some of these niggas never lived in the fuckin ghetto…so they need to shut the fuck up…i’m from Compton, Greenleaf…aint everybody killers in shit…2nd, most black people call themselves “African-American” & these niggas doggin on Talib’s name…he’s a real African-American cuzhe’s connected to his roots, unlike these ignorant ass niggas…Talib you are hip-hop….there needs to be more rappers like you & mos def & common

  • http://dubcnn.com RASKO ONE SCLA

    Half of you audiences who say Talib is weak only care about a beat. Dont care about the content in an album. Go buy yourself an instrumental album or only BEATs! Kats out there saying they want gangsta shit….what is gangsta shit??? “I f*ck hoes, I shoot my foes, I sell crack and hustle.” My peoples, wake up! Real people who are from the ghetto like myself wanna make it out the hood, and want to do better for themselves and not proud to stay “ghetto”. Gangsta rap is cool, but no real rapper really wants to live in the projects or wanna be broke. These “gangsta rappers” are entrepreneurs, they are business men. And if u think they STAY hood, you naive and on crack! WAKE UP Ignorant people.
    shout out to my hood on 25th street! Lets do big things!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Big L

    Talib Kweli is fuckin WACK!!He is not in the same level as Common or Kanye.I dont know why people praise him so much.

  • http://www.myspace.com/paulwall Bmiz

    This is an ignorant statement “if you can go and buy an album and listen to a rapper say, “Nigga, nigga, nigga,” then you should also be prepared to listen to some “crackers” too.” What do you think? If a white rapper says cracker it is okay but if a white rapper says nigga they will get worst sales then Dead Prez. Why should it be a double standard. What a shitty argument on his side.

  • stan

    talib, common, mos def, nas, jay z. any real hip hop head knows these are the only few real MCs we have left…talib is lyrical and really exposed, his new album is def…selling more than swiss beats and occupying 2nd position on the billboard chart….. TALIB is hip hops life support…FU*K YUALL haters, this is real HIP HOP.

  • skibo

    Talib Kweli is a bonafide mc despite what some of these clown on here talkin. Oh you gotta shoot somebody, go to bed late and get into brawls to be considered an official mc. Don’t be mad at an mc that has something to say. If your life is fucked up don’t blame people that have knowledge of self and striving to make their lives better. Its like ignorance is cool. I hate dumb ass low self esteem individuals who have no aspirations to doing anything with their lives. So sad and pathetic. Its sad to say that a lot of people are afraid of learning and being intellectual. They either like bubble gum shit or gun-drug rap or hip-hop.

  • Dr.D

    Every time one of you ignorant ass fools disrespect a brotha, every goddamn time one of you dumb bitches glorify killin for no damn reason, every time you talk about some imaginary drug/sex/violence expliots (wait for it)

    some redneck ass racists is sittin back with a hard on and laughin’ to himself “Yeah, let those niggers kill themselves. Less work for me.”

    And don’t come back with any “I’ll shoot that redneck” bullshit, ’cause you know you won’t.

    DON’T PROVE THEM RIGHT.

  • Derreck R.

    REAL RAP ARTIST:
    nas
    talib kweli
    mos def
    jay-z
    lupe fiasco
    kanye west
    common

    These are niggas that rap about something.
    Its not all about self glory.