Talib Kweli Is Excited By Pro Era, Occupying The Florida Governor’s Office And Loves Bill Murray

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Talib Kweli has been one of the most outspoken advocates in hip-hop in his fifteen-plus years in the industry, from bigging up younger artists to underlining the importance of confronting racism head-on in American society. With a new album, Prisoner of Conscious, out a few months ago, new videos dropping, and an upcoming tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Big K.R.I.T., Kweli’s been a busy man of late—but not too busy to get involved in some of the most contentious social and legal issues of the day. He’ll be heading down to Florida soon to lend a hand to the Dream Defenders organization’s planned occupation of Governor Rick Scott’s office hoping to initiate change in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, as well as using his position as a voice in the community to spread awareness. But that’s not all—Kweli also has an anniversary coming up with Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star, his 1998 iconic album with Mos Def, celebrating its fifteenth anniversary later this month. Kweli spoke to XXL about the album, his planned work with Dream Defenders, the new wave of Brooklyn hip-hop spearheaded by Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era and why he wants to be more like Bill Murray. —Dan Rys (@danrys)