Talib Kweli has established himself as one of hip hop’s most prolific and respected talents. He has earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say.
The result of this artistic growth and exploration arrives with Kweli’s dynamic Prisoner Of Conscious AKA P.O.C., an artistic tour de force that signals the start of the next chapter of Kweli’s remarkable career. The BK MC spent more time working on Prisoner Of Conscious than any of his other albums, a three-year journey that found him exploring new vibes, joining in some unlikely collaborations and taking him to foreign lands. This album features collaborations with Nelly, Miguel, Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Busta Rhymes and Ryan Leslie along with production by S1, J. Cole, RZA, Terrace Martin, Oh No, and Harry Fraud among others.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down #InTheLab with one of hip hop’s great and most unique talents Talib Kweli right after his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, to talk about his incredible new album “Prisoner Of Conscious”, his iconic career ranging from Black Star with Mos Def to his critically acclaimed solo work, being featured on Chappelle’s Show, who is favorite lyricist of all time is, the current state of hip hop, balancing commercial viability and artistic liberty, and he even raps a verse from “Turnt’ Up off his new album! I was a fan of Talib Kweli for years before this interview, but that affection has gone 10 fold after interviewing him.
Talib Kweli Performing “Turnt’ Up” #InTheLab: