Contact Us

Talib Kweli Announces New Release Date for "Prisoner of Conscious"

Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) are sticking to their solo projects.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Kweli announced that Prisoner of Conscious—an album that has seen numerous pushbacks—will be releasing on April 23. He explains that the title is aimed to redefine the “socially conscious rapper” label.

“At the center of being socially conscious is your community – it’s where you come from, what type of person that it made you, and how you give back to that. And it’s a cycle,” he said. “With me it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s a great lyricist,’ but they don’t focus on the music. I think it’s because of how I’ve been sold and how I’ve been marketed as some sort of poster boy for underground rap.”

Kweli also shared his thoughts on the future of Black Star. Currently, him and Bey have only made minimal progress for a follow-up. Still, he says, “I would love to get back into it whenever he’s ready.”

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for XXL Mag quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!