Talib Kweli Clarifies Label Situation: “In No Way Have I Been Dropped,” Reunites W/ DJ Hi Tek
After rumors recently hit the net that Talib Kweli was dropped from his label Warner Bros. Records, XXLmag.com caught up with the Brooklyn rapper to set the record straight and find out when fans can expect another release from Reflection Eternal.
While Kweli released his most commercially successful album on the label – 2007’s Eardrum debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 – he said that he will no longer be working with Warner. “In no way have I been dropped, I’ve never been dropped,” he clarified for XXL. “My joint venture with WBR, Blacksmith Music, will no longer be distributed by WBR because there was not a lot of support for it in that building. We are currently choosing between deals we have for distribution somewhere else.”
The MC wanted to also make clear to fans that even though he has parted ways with the label, he is still contractually inclined to record several albums for Warner, including the highly anticipated follow up disc to 2000’s Reflection Eternal album Train of Thought with producer DJ Hi Tek. “The deals that were in place before we made this decision still stand,” he said. “WBR/Blacksmith is still owed albums from myself, Talib Kweli and Reflection Eternal, Hi Tek and I. Reflection Eternal is next on the schedule and I am currently in Cincinnati recording that album.”
Not only is Kweli in the Natti with Tek making new music but the two will also be hosting and performing at a New Year’s Eve Bash at local club Celebertie’s. The event, which will also feature DJ Eque on the ones and twos, kicks off at 9 p.m.
As of press time there is no release date for the new Reflection Eternal disc. – Jesse Gissen