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Talib Kweli
October 3, 1975 -
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.


I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop.


I don't feel comfortable making empty music.


I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. I'm looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate.


I think music sharing of any kind is great.


A lot of these people, these program directors, just like anybody else in the world, even though they're supposed to be leaders in the world, they're followers. They follow what they think someone else is doing, instead of trying to blaze a trail.


We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of.


Once you're signed to a label you compromise.


I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.


Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing.


Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well.


So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent.


I think its man's nature to go to war and fight.


As far as being on a major label, some labels get it and get what they have to do, and some labels don't. I don't think the label I'm on necessarily gets it, but I think over time they're gonna have to.


People consider Black Star a great album, and I think it's a classic album. But the fact is, both me and Mos Def have made better albums since Black Star.


Hip-hop is a vehicle.


Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.


The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.


You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft.


War is not civilized.


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