Brooklyn based MC Talib Kweli took some time to sit down with AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview about his recent endeavors and his upcoming projects, including his new book, Black Star and his new album, Prisoner of Conscious.
While Talib currently maintains a rigorous tour schedule of over 200 shows a year, he still is taking the time to record new music and is steady at work on his new book.
“This is how I make my money. On the road, having Blacksmith music, making music, working on my book, and other things that I am working on. I enjoy being on the road and writing this book and other things I am involved in,” Talib Kweli explained of his lengthy tour schedule and work.
“I enjoy being on the road and the essence of MCing is the Master of Ceremony. In order to master the ceremony, you have to be at the ceremony,” Talib said.
According to Talib, his untitled book is based on his life experiences, mixed in with his philosophies about life.
“I am still a relatively young person in the scheme of the world, so I don’t feel like I feel like I will stop learning by any strength of the imagination,” Talib said of his untitled book. “I’ve learned some things that I can impart that can be worth some thing to some people.
Touring in support of his project Gutter Rainbows hasn’t stopped his recording schedule either.
Although he was tight lipped on the details of his new project, he did mention that he has acquired the talent of Seu Jorge, the Brazilian guitar player who is well known for his roles in “City of God” and “The Life Aquatic” with Steve Zissou.
“When I was in Brazil, I tweeted that I would love to do a song with him,” Talib told AllHipHop.com of the collaborative project. “5 minutes later his manager responded and we put the song together.”
In addition to questions about his solo work and book, Talib answered the question every hip-hop fan wants to know about any sort of Black Star reunion.
While he and Mos Def made an appearance headlining this year’s Rock the Bells concert series, the show left many fans across the internet eagerly anticipating a new Black Star project.
“There’s no update, there’s no album that we are working on, we have done a lot of music together and a few songs that people haven’t heard, but Mos operates very differently than your average artist in terms of how he wants to get his music out there,” Talib told AllHipHop.com about his counterpart.
“I think what it is with him is really trying to explore ownership and really trying to explore the best way for us to put out an album that is based on the creative love for the music, rather than based on the demand from the fans,” Talib said. “As much as this is a business, music is not made because of supply and demand. Music is made from your heart, and we just got to do it because its right and not just because there is a demand for it. But I want to hear it too.”
Talib Kweli expects to release his Prisoner of Conscious project digitally in the U.S. later this summer, while he will re-release Gutter Rainbows physically in the U.S. shortly after.
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