And those are the guys who are considered the best.
And what rappers do, what MCs do, is we find ways to say things that are in people's heads but they can't express themselves. Dilla , Kanye West , Hi-Tek — some of the best producers in the business — people still don't understand that musical choices have a lot to do with where I go musically.
A lot of my favorite albums — from a lot of that Marvin Gaye stuff to even when The Beatles started experimenting more — when artists come out and they have access to more resources, they can add more things. Courtesy of Press Here Publicity hide caption.
My son was introduced to hip-hop through me, so his first hip-hop was KRS-One. And he didn't like Drake or Lil' Wayne until he went to high school. So I grew up in a house that had vinyl, stacks of vinyl lined against the walls in the living room and the dining room.
Fresh was the rapper who inspired me to write my first rhyme, but I really gravitated towards it when I heard De La Soul and Public Enemy in '87 and '88. Nah, my parents were not hip-hop fans.
But it all ties into a general point I'm making about society, about compassion, about trying to be honest with myself and my craft and things of that nature. So when we talk about hip-hop in general, hip-hop is preoccupied with life.
But the day before, I went to see her sing with her student group at Carnegie Hall, so that was a good feeling as well. T ell me about how you developed your lyrical style. They were fans of urban music.
And that's a great movie! I feel like there are many more parents in hip-hop now. I think they were probably more obscure and more abstract.Talib Kweli - Listen (Official Version) HQ Video
It used to be because they were born and I had to take care of them. In March he spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish about the roles he's played in the shifting terrain of hip-hop, his relationship to the mainstream, and honoring old-school rap. His latest album challenges that image, paying homage to old-school hip-hop and working with the present. I'm not done — by far I'm not done.
That's a classic that people missed.
My parents were professors, so there was a lot of academic influence in my household. Spike Lee had Spike's Joint across the street.
I went to the Prince concert. I've learned how to flow better, I've learned how to create references in people's minds that work for them. But, yeah, I didn't imagine it would be anything like this.
You said, "Just like gangster rappers should stay away from the title of 'gangster.