By Andrew Bangs #6
Apr 30 2008 4:23PM
Since his days as a member of rap-super group Black Star1 with fellow-Brooklynite Mos Def2 in the 1990s, Talib Kweli has established himself as one of the most visionary, prolific and sonically powerful artists in hip-hop—and frequently found in the headphones of NBA players. Earlier this year, Kweli made the bold move of founding his own label, Blacksmith Music, to take control of his career and to produce and promote up-and-coming acts like Jean Grae and Strong Arm Steady. Kweli’s first album on Blacksmith, Ear Drum, hit stores this fall. We caught up with Kweli after a show in his hometown of New York City.
How was the show today?
Is it special for you playing shows in your hometown, NYC?
How did your approach to Ear Drum differ from your previous albums?
What will that mean?
Where did the title Ear Drum come from?
From the Nov/Dec 2006 issue