Talib Kweli And Ja Rule Talk Queens Vs. Brooklyn Rap, Murder Inc., Irv Gotti, 50 Cent, Fyre Festival, And New Projects
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Ja Rule is the guest of the hour and things get very real, very fast. Throughout the interview Ja is incredibly honest and thoughtful about the highs and lows of his career. His love for the culture is on full-display as he recounts his rise to fame and looks back on more difficult moments -- from the beef with 50 to the infamous Fyre Fest. If you love New York hip-hop, you won’t need us to explain why you should listen to this episode. Gems are dropped left and right and Ja’s energy is absolutely infectious.
1 hr 46 min
Talib Kweli And Sa-Roc Talk About Pan-Africanism, Self Harm, Artistic Integrity, Black Thought And More
In the conversation of “your favorite MC’s favorite MC” Sa-Roc is an absolute superstar. She’s a profound lyricist who feels deeply and captures the gamut of emotions in her music. Coming off of the success of the critically-beloved The Sharecroppers Daughter, Sa-Roc opens up to Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh about her highly-intellectual upbringing, her beginnings in the rap game, self harm and the importance of emotional honesty in music, and much more. If you want a conversation that will inspire you, push your ideas about hip-hop as a form, and introduce you to a rapper who far more people should be listening to, this is the one.
1 hr 44 min
Talib Kweli And Rico Nasty Talk DMV Hip-Hop, The Punk-Rap Crossover, Kenny Beats, And The Need For A “Happy Album”
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Rico Nasty is in the booth and she’s keeping it a buck. The interview offers deep insight into Rico’s creative process, her new album Nightmare Vacation, her collaborative relationship with Kenny beats, and the influences that shaped this singular artistic talent. Over the past two years, Rico has blossomed into a full blown phenomenon. This interview offers the origin story to her success and genuine insight into what makes her tick.
1 hr 19 min
Talib Kweli and Big Freedia Talk Homosexuality In Hip-Hop, The Beginnings Of Bounce, New Orleans After Katrina, And Working With Drake, Mannie Fresh, And Beyonce
In this episode of People's Party with Talib Kweli, Bounce legend Big Freedia sits down with Kweli and Jasmin Leigh to talk about her career, enduring homophobia in rap music, her concert series in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, her documentary Freedia's Got A Gun, and more. The episode dives deep on serious issues and adds fantastic insight into some of Freedia's most high-level collabs -- from Drake to Beyonce. If you're interested in bounce, Southern rap, and some of the bigger social issues where the genre needs to improve, this is the episode for you.
Dec 21, 2020
1 hr 10 min
Talib Kweli And Busta Rhymes Talk Q-Tip’s Mentorship, Dr. Dre, Flipmode, Classic Feature Verses, And New Album
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Busta Bust is here to recount his storied career with one of his closest friends in the rap universe. Over the course of nearly two hours, Busta, Kweli, and co-host Jasmin Leigh share stories, trade jokes, and give flowers to one of the most important voices in hip-hop history. This episode is for any fan of Busta, FlipMode, and 90s hip-hop culture.
Dec 14, 2020
Talib Kweli And Kurupt Talk Death Row History, Lyrical Reputation, 2Pac, Suge, Snoop, And Dogg Pound
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kurupt gives loves and shines light on the West Coast and the G-Funk era. Over the course of a wide-ranging and very fun interview, the Dogg Pound MC shares stories from the early, chaotic days of Death Row, talks about his iconic first meeting with Snoop, reflects on being widely respected and shouted out by other rappers, and tells the story of “inventing” his own weed style. If Death Row intrigues you and West Coast is your jam, you absolutely can’t miss this episode.
Dec 7, 2020
2 hr 24 min
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Papoose represents for NYC hip-hop -- dropping knowledge on the mixtape scene, getting his first career boost by showing up at Hot 97 to rap for DJ Kay Slay, his wife, Remy Ma, and his career and rep for true, gritty New York MC. Lovers of the mid-2000s New York style will know Pap as a lyricist and be thrilled to get to know him better here, as a man.
Nov 30, 2020
1 hr 8 min
Talib Kweli And Mannie Fresh Talk Cash Money, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Big Freedia, And How Music Shapes New Orleans Culture
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, we have Cash Money hitmaker Mannie Fresh in the building. Over the course of an hour and a half, Kweli, co-host Jasmin Leigh, and Mannie Fresh chop it up about songs like “Bling Bling” and “Back That Azz Up,” while also diving deep into Fresh’s background and the rich musical tapestry of New Orleans. The conversation ends with a bracingly honest discussion of Mannie’s Verzuz battle with Scott Storch.
Nov 23, 2020
1 hr 33 min
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh talk to one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck. The expansive interview covers growing up in Killer Hill, the early Wu-Tang era, Deck’s lyricism, his post-Wu-Tang projects, and his thoughts on Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Along the way, Deck speaks honestly and openly about the loss of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his regard for Method Man, and the successes and failures of the Wu-Tang.
Nov 16, 2020
1 hr 48 min
DMX Shares His First-Ever Rap, Tells A Story Of Freestyling For Lyor Cohen, Connects His Hip-Hop Roots To His Drug Addiction, And Shares A Prayer
In this riveting episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, the legend DMX sits with Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh for his first interview since his Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg. The wide-ranging conversation goes into X’s history in hip-hop and its link to his drug addiction, rapping for music mogul Lyor Cohen with his jaw wired shut, his lifelong connection to dogs, and his faith. The episode ends with DMX delivering a prayer that’s every bit as powerful as one of his (many) hit records.
Nov 9, 2020
1 hr 13 min