People's Party with Talib Kweli

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People’s Party is a weekly interview show hosted by hip-hop legend Talib Kweli. The show features big-name guests exploring hip-hop, culture, and politics.

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If you know Capp’s flows and vibe, you know he’s fearless and that’s the word that defines this convo. It’s a sweeping interview that touches everything from Capp’s upbringing, to the Wu-Tang’s formation, to tough times and drama, to his solo career and beyond. And if that doesn’t promise enough electricity, you get Capp doing his most famous verse, acapella, with Kweli on the punch ins. Check it!

Nov 22

7 min 13 sec

In this episode, singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer Aloe Blacc reveals how the sound of classic soul music and the production of underground hip hop producer OhNo helped him find his voice as a singer. The musician gives us a deep dive into his unique sound and discusses the critical influence that the melting pot of Panama has on his music. Explore Aloe Blacc’s most well known songs and his deepest thoughts in this essential interview.

Nov 15

11 min 30 sec

In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli activist Tamika Mallory opens up about the challenges of her work and her commitment in fighting on behalf of marginalized peoples. The prominent leader holds nothing back while discussing her work, past controversies, and her goals for the future. If you are ready to dive deeper into the intersectional black activist movement, this insightful interview is absolutely essential.

Nov 8

9 min 38 sec

Our first two-person episode is a fitting one. Miles Brown is the young star of Black-ish and a musician on the cusp of mega-stardom. His dad, Jack Brown a.k.a Wildchild, is an original member of the Lootpack crew -- produced by Black Star collaborator Madlib. Together, they’ve got great stories to tell and plenty of insight to share. On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Miles and Jack unpack their respective career highs and lows, trade stories, and speak boldly about their father-son relationship. Taken all together, it’s an incredibly insightful episode -- an exploration of dreams, family, and music as a bond that spans the generation gap. 

Nov 1

9 min 29 sec

Seth Green has been at work. He’s a true multi-hyphenate who has starred in big budget movies, done podcasts, voiceovers, animation, writing, directing. . . This man’s career is diverse, and his impact is huge. In this chat with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh, Seth opens up about everything from the Austin Powers movies and his friendship with Verne Troyer, to scoring his role on Family Guy, to his incredible work on Robot Chicken, and getting to meet with George Lucas as well as be involved in the Star Wars universe. It’s a fun ride that mixes Hollywood and hip-hop tales and plenty of insight from a star who has been in the public eye for decades now. There’s even some talk of more Austin Powers movies!

Oct 25

5 min 5 sec

Stop what you’re doing. If you ever wanted to hear an interview with one of the greatest guitarists ever to live; if you ever wanted to share an hour learning about the guitarist’s guitarist—a man who is equally revered by Bruce Springsteen, Slash, and Chuck D—then you need to drop what you’re doing and turn your eardrums to this interview with Tom Morello.   Over the course of 1.5 hours, Tom wrestles with his Blackness (and being perceived as white by rock fans), and getting famous for revolutionary music; unpacks his biggest hits; tells the story of his SNL ban, and so much more. The interview isn’t all about big subjects, though. There’s also lots of technique talk and plenty of laughs. Truly, if you’re down for one Tom Morello interview this year (and you should be, he’s amazing!), try this gem and tell us your thoughts!

Oct 18

5 min 16 sec

Mysonne is one of the most fascinating, revolutionary voices in rap music. He’s a one-time drug dealer now standing on the frontlines as an activist. A seemingly underground artist whose Funk Flex freestyles do mega-numbers. A man who reps his home harder than just about anyone while wrestling with big issues in his bars. Sounds fascinating, right? Well, he is.   If you haven’t heard Mysonne’s story, don’t know about his incredible activism and advocacy, and haven’t explored his deep, diverse catalog — this is the convo to start with.

Oct 11

7 min 46 sec

Deon Cole is a comic’s comic. His name has been dropped many times on our show and his appearance on People’s Party feels way overdue. Well... better late than never. We’re thrilled to finally have the legendary comic, Blackish and Barbershop star, and creator of the fantastic special, Cole-Hearted on set. The convo between Cole, Kweli, co-host Jasmin Leigh spans the comedian’s career, drops in on fantastic stories from his early years on the Chicago stand up circuit, and dives deep into the many complexities of the Black experience in America.  The episode is funny and thoughtful in equal measure -- a perfect representation of Cole himself! 

Oct 4

9 min 12 sec

Tom Segura has his own podcast and multiple Netflix specials. So you might think you know him and what he stands for. But this conversation with Talib Kweli — who he met while opening for Dave Chappelle — brings a new side out of the comic.  In this sprawling conversation, Segura, Kweli, and Jasmin Leigh explore issues of race, dive deep on the angst of quarantine, and tell classic stories from their collective years in show business.  It’s a funny, thoughtful episode sure to delight Segura and People’s Party fans alike.

Sep 27

7 min 30 sec

Our guest today is a wordsmith and a true son of Los Angeles. In a single decade, he dropped nine mixtapes, including classics like The 25th Hour, Future Street/ Drug Sounds, Best After Bobby, From The Westside With Love, and The Yellow Album. He’s also released eight studio albums throughout his career, including From the Westside with Love II, Get Home Safely, Los Angeles is Not For Sale, Volume 1, Courtesy of Half-A-Mil -- in collaboration with Hit Boy -- and Rap N Roll. 

Sep 20

9 min 2 sec

Bob Saget. You might know him as America’s dad. We know him as a bold, hilarious, often-profane comic—loved by his peers and committed to his craft.   In this episode, Saget talks about the irony of being mentored by Rodney Dangerfield then becoming “America’s Dad” on Full House, getting pigeonholed in his career, fighting cancel culture, hanging with John Mayer, and so much more.   This is a deep dive into a 90s icon, one of the funniest, most self-effacing comics working, and a huge rap fan.

Sep 13

12 min 55 sec

Blueface is the youngest guest we’ve ever had on People’s Party. To put it in context, he was born the year before Kweli’s Black Star. But in this conversation, the two rappers find plenty of common ground -- discussing gang codes, Snoop’s sway over LA rap, navigating stardom, social media, and the death of Pop Smoke, among other topics. You may feel like you know Blueface but this sitdown reveals a different side of the rapper -- one that audiences of both new and old school hip-hop will be thrilled to see. 

Sep 6

6 min 25 sec

Jaleel White is not Steve Urkel. That’s obvious. But it’s hard to imagine a time in recent memory when a single character so dominated the career and conversation around a single actor. In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, White wrestles with that legacy, explains the conversations and struggles behind the scenes on Family Matters, and talks about how he eventually charted a path forward after sitcom mega-fame -- including re-taking ownership of “Urkel” as a brand and launching a weed company called Purple Urkle.  The episode is, above all things, deeply personal and tremendously insightful. White and Kweli have been friends for years and they’re able to explore topics with a high degree of trust shared between them. It’s a powerful conversation and one that anyone with interest in how Steve Urkel shaped the man behind the snorts and high-waisted pants should certainly tune in for.

Aug 30

15 min 6 sec

Open Mike Eagle isn’t just one thing. He’s been on tour and had his own Comedy Central show—proving that he transcends easy definitions. He’s a polymath, and follows his creativity wherever it takes him—even if that means talking about divorce and depression. Box him in at your peril. In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and Mike realize how much overlap their careers have had, and trade stories about everything from producers they’ve both worked with, to mutual friends, to their local rap scenes. They crack jokes and also wrestle with weighty issues—from mental health to career angst.  This is an episode that defies definition in part because its guest defies definition. It will surprise you, make you laugh, and make you look at rap in unique ways. What more could you ask for?

Aug 23

5 min 11 sec

You want to laugh? Moreover, are you ready to understand the fine art of roasting and where it intersects with hip-hop?  Jeff Ross has you covered.  Yes, People’s Party fans, the Roastmaster General is here in the flesh. He’s telling stories from his incredibly rich comedy career, roasting Talib and Jasmin, and breaking down the art and craft of comedy.  This episode may feel like a slight departure for us, but anyone who knows hip-hop also knows that Jeff Ross is definitely part of the culture and rap’s intersection with comedy is undeniable. In fact, Kweli, Jasmin, and Ross explain exactly why in this episode! A very funny, very raw, very uncensored episode perfect for fans of roasting, stand-up, and Ross’ legendary career. 

Aug 16

10 min 19 sec

If there’s one person that the whole rap world is talking about this month, it’s Isaiah Rashad. The TDE label star and rapper behind the acclaimed new album The House is Burning, is getting love from every corner right now. The day before the release, Rashad sat down with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh with hip-hop on the brain. This is a real rap convo. Whether it’s explaining his influences, giving love to Outkast, honoring his TDE family, or breaking down Lil’ Wayne’s genius, Isaiah comes real and deep with every word.  If you’re just finding Rashad’s music, this is the interview you need. It’ll help you understand his approach and unique genius while also sharing his humor and joy. 

Aug 9

4 min 56 sec

To call Terrace Martin a musician feels like an understatement. His musical tastes and talents range so widely and his list of collaborators is so vast, it feels like there should be a whole other word for it. This is a man who has worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Snoop and Kendrick Lamar to Kamasi Washington. He plays multiple instruments and explores music in a way that feels radical, inventive, and fun. He crosses genres with ease and remixes concepts in a way that always keeps fans guessing.  In this deeply thoughtful and seriously impactful conversation, Martin talks to Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh about his early days as a producer, his biggest collaborations and musical influences, and his experience growing up in South Central. It’s a true hip-hop conversation, in the sense that all music has a place in hip-hop -- jazz, rock, funk, etc -- and Martin is perhaps the best possible person to unpack that for the listener. 

Aug 2

4 min 6 sec

We’ve had a few guests who fall into the “your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper” category, but Skyzoo certainly deserves that claim. We’re talking about a man who has worked with everyone from Black Thought to Lloyd Banks to Dr. Dre to John Legend. He’s versatile lyrically and career-wise and his thoughtful flows resonate on the lyrical and thematic levels.  If you like 90s hip-hop, especially NYC rap from that era, then you must hear this conversation. Bad Boy, Puffy, Biggie, Kim, and Mase are all discussed in-depth and with serious insight. Skyzoo also speaks frankly with Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh about how he wrestles with capitalism, his incredible list of collaborators, ghostwriting, his enduring love for The Wire, 9th Wonder and J Dilla, and so much more.  This conversation is fascinating and electric -- with tons of back and forth and a whole lot of genuine insight. 

Jul 26

7 min 15 sec

There are a lot of actors who are generous with their time and energy in helping others. A handful who take on the title of “activist.” And a very select few who live up to that designation, day in and day out.  Kendrick Sampson is part of the latter group.  This man does the work.  Sometimes that means speaking at BLM rallies. Others it means lending his celebrity and social following to pro-Black causes. Others still, it means penning an open letter to Hollywood execs, asking them to distance themselves from pro-police content.  Point being?  Sampson is really all about activism and this interview -- in which he expands on ways his commitment to justice has both helped and hindered his career -- is deeply insightful in that regard.  Give this a listen to hear one of Hollywood’s brightest emerging stars speak on the challenges and joys of being a pro-Black actor in Hollywood. Plus plenty of insight on Insecure and his numerous other roles! 

Jul 19

9 min 38 sec

Normally our show is a career retrospective, but today we’re doing something different -- interviewing an artist at the start of her arc. Our guest today grew up in hip-hop. This is a woman who has been reciting Lil Kim bars since before grade school. She started writing poetry at age 11. She’s a novelist, a rapper, and a songwriter.  Maybe you saw her burn it up on the Breakfast Club last year or caught her acapella flows on IG. She’s working with Dave East, Joe Moses, DJ Clark Kent, and OT Genesis. Safe to say: If you’re looking for someone who cares about lyrics deeply, you’ve found a new artist to love. Ladies and gentlemen… Lady London is joining the People’s Party today! 

Jul 12

6 min 14 sec

Raekwon the Chef is in the building! You know what that means? No punches pulled, no questions dodged. It’s all kept 100, 100% of the time. When Rae sits down to talk with Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh, there’s no need for chit chat. The trio gets into the meaty convos right away -- from Wu family dynamics to the Supreme Alchemy of the 5% Nation to songwriting techniques to The Purple Tape. The convo is wide-ranging and avoids nothing. It’s not just about “what” is discussed, though -- it’s also “how.” Raekwon and Kweli respect one another as lyricists, road warriors, and rappers who have been in the game and are still thriving. That mutual respect leads to a level of honesty that’s rare in celebrity interviews. You love the Wu-Tang? Get your ears on this one -- it’s a classic. 

Jul 5

2 hr 2 min

Conversation and learning connected to anti-racism are absolutely vital to our culture. They speak to every American and are crucial for understanding how racism shapes the United States (and what to do about it). Our guest today is THE person at the forefront of this movement, none other than Dr. Ibram X Kendi.  When Dr Kendi sits down with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh, the conversation flows immediately. Rather than keeping things on a surface level, the trio talks ADOS and reparations, breaks down the idea that the word “racist” could be a pejorative, and discuss the influence of Black Liberation Theologists like James Cone. It’s a sprawling conversation that dives deep on serious issues.  This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to better understand the impact of slavery and racism and how they have shaped our nation. 

Jun 28

1 hr 9 min

DMC? The man is straight legend status. No ifs, ands, or buts. We’re talking about a member of a band that changed hip-hop forever, permanently connected rap with sneakers, and influenced generations of lyricists.  Darryl McDaniels joins Kweli and Jasmin Leigh this week on People’s Party with Talib Kweli and the conversation is big, sprawling, and deeply important. It covers everything from DMC’s ardent pro-Blackness (even when the industry wasn’t ready) to his rock influences to his love for comics (and everything in between!).  Are you interested in real hip-hop? You want to know this culture right down to its roots? Then you don’t dare miss this episode.

Jun 22

2 hr 3 min

Here it is. The one we’ve seen requested by fans every week. The one that people have been clamoring for since day one. The episode we promised way back when, but wanted to wait for the perfect moment to drop:  Yasiin Bey is in the building! Today, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh are chopping it up with one of the greatest rappers to every snatch the mic. One half of Black Star. An acclaimed solo artist. A true original in every sense.  Listen, we can tell you what’s in the episode. But you don’t need that today. This is Yasiin Bey talking with one of his best friends. You’ve probably already pressed “play.” 

Jun 14

1 hr 35 min

You want legend talk? Like true “foundational hip-hop” talk? We got you. Welcome Pete Rock to the People’s Party. The conversation starts hot and doesn’t let up. It’s all about Pete and CL Smooth, true stories of rap’s first era, love for vintage crews like Heavy D and the Boyz, and tales from Pete’s many incredible collaborations.  This is the gem for the true hip-hop heads. Those who want to know the pieces of the puzzle that are foundational to the culture itself. Those who want to sit at the feet of one of the culture’s grand masters.  If that’s you… well, it shouldn’t take much convincing. 

Jun 7

1 hr 22 min

Jamal Greene is straight up brilliant. Listen to him talk for two minutes and you’ll realize that. He’s also an author, a co-chair of Facebook’s Oversight Committee, an expert on constitutional law, a professor at Columbia School of Law, and the author of How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart.  Oh… and he’s the brother of Talib Kweli, our host.  The collision of all those elements makes for a riveting discussion. Not only because of Greene’s vast areas of expertise but also because the brothers use this time to reflect on how they were raised and how the factors that influenced them affected their widely-divergent lives in unique ways.   This episode is for anyone who wants to understand the limits and nuances of what “rights in America” are all about, plus anyone who wants to understand the dynamic between these two exceptional siblings better. 

Jun 1

1 hr 24 min

For decades, J. Period has been the guy that hip-hop legends know, though the mainstream might not. He’s done official mixtapes for Lauryn Hill and the Roots, toured with Black Thought, created The Hamilton Mixtape with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and DJed worldwide with the best of the best.  Now, with the release of Story To Tell, J. Period has entered a new stratosphere. He’s stepping into the role of artist and making big moves, visiting the Tonight Show just last week. To celebrate the moment, he’s sitting down with longtime collaborator Talib Kweli and his People’s Party co-host Jasmin Leigh to talk through… all of it.  A mixtape lesson from the absolute king of the genre. 

May 24

1 hr 18 min

Madlib is a legit recluse. One of the most prolific producers in the game but definitely not the most talkative. Far from that.  Well, we got him talking about his career, his process, his influences, his collaborations, and the fascinating lane he’s carved for himself. If you need any more convincing than that, well, how about this:  He talks about producing THE ENTIRE Black Star II Album. 

May 10

53 min 28 sec

Fat Joe is a straight up legend. If you know him from Instagram or a TV cameo, then you need to come to know his REAL place in hip-hop. This is a man who’s been in the game from the early days and remains a vital voice in the culture.  Joe may be on IG talking every week, but things get real and raw when he sits to chop it up with Talib Kweli. Whether it’s the 50 Cent beef, his twin Big Pun, his use of the N-word, life in the BX, or heavy issues like depression, Joey Crack holds nothing back. 

May 3

1 hr 23 min

Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli have known one another for decades. They’ve collaborated on full albums -- most notably the iconic Reflection Eternal -- and Hi-Tek was the most heavily featured producer on Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. This is all to say: When the usually-reticent Tek agreed to sit down for People’s Party with Talib Kweli, we knew it was going to be a great episode.  If you love the Soulquarians era and count yourself as a fan of Black Star, you’re going to want to catch this one. Hi-Tek gets real and raw, shares stories about coming up with Kweli, and talks about shifting to the West Coast to work with Snoop. The discussion spans the careers of both Tek and Kweli and comes full-circle with discussions of current projects and future collaborations.  This is an episode for true production heads. Because Hi-Tek is -- without a doubt -- one of the best that the culture has seen. 

Apr 26

1 hr 22 min

When Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr show up to the People’s Party with Talib Kweli, you know it’s going to be a good time. The duo are two of the realest and most authentic OGs in the game. They’re also bitingly funny and full of fantastic insight.  Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh lead a discussion that charts Onyx’s whole discography -- while bringing in bigger thematic conversations about police violence, the state of rap, and social justice.  If you bounced to mega-hit “Slam” in the 90s or remember the crazy, chaotic “Thrwo Ya Gunz” video, you won’t want to miss a second of this episode. It’s real, raw, and fun as hell. 

Apr 19

1 hr 8 min

On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with one of the most influential to ever do the damn thing: BIG DADDY KANE.  If you love Eminem, RZA, or Jay-Z, you need to dive deeper into Kane’s work. If you know and love Kane already, you’re really going to love this interview. The two Brooklyn MCs go deep on serious issues of how art-influences-the-real-world, then keep it light by talking about the power of Kane’s famous flat top.  An episode for all true lovers of the culture and one that’s sure to connect with all the true hip-hop heads. 

Apr 12

1 hr 28 min

On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with underground legend Pharoahe Monch to talk about his career up and downs -- from the smash success of “Simon Says” to the lawsuit that followed and beyond.  If you’re a fan of pure lyricism, you know who Pharoahe Monch is. His layered, searing rhymes have influenced everyone from Kweli himself to Eminem, Proof, and the D12 crew. In this conversation, everyone’s favorite rapper’s favorite rapper holds nothing back. He gets raw and keeps everything 100 -- whether he’s talking about his “sex bars,” his bout with depression, or the contract frustrations that nearly derailed his career. 

Apr 5

1 hr 31 min

On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with ex-dj and current Food Network star, Sunny Anderson. The trio discusses Sunny’s fascinating career — from cutting her teeth at Hot97 to finding her lane at The Food Network — and how her upbringing shaped her cooking POV. 

Mar 29

1 hr 41 min

In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with the wildly talented and endlessly curious Questlove. The conversation spans Questlove’s career -- from bucket drumming in Philly to forming The Roots to launching OkayPlayer to taking a gig as Jimmy Fallon’s band leader.  Kweli and Quest are close friends and it shows throughout the episode, as they recount stories from the “Soulquarian” era, early tours, and in-studio collaborations. The episode offers a fascinating look into one of the most creative minds working today -- a relentlessly eclectic musician who takes sincere joy in his craft. 

Mar 22

1 hr 53 min

On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Dascha Polanco -- actress, advocate, mother, and world class conversationalist (as you shall see!).  Throughout the sprawling sit down, Polanco is raw, funny, and bracingly honest. No subject is off limits and she speaks with sincere care and plenty of wit about matters of culture, race, politics, and the pandemic. There’s also a whole lot of Orange Is The New Black talk, which is certainly fun for any fan of the show.  Even if you haven’t seen Dascha as Daya Diaz even once, there’s plenty to catch your ear in this ep -- a perfect blend of heart, humor, and big ideas. 

Mar 15

1 hr 25 min

On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with DJ Clark Kent -- a founding father of hip-hop culture.  The beloved DJ, producer, A&R man, sneaker enthusiast, and all-around legend of the culture holds nothing back in this wide ranging conversation. Want to know more about Jay-Z’s early era? The foundational days of rap? The birth of sneaker culture? Then you want to listen to this gem.

Mar 8

1 hr 26 min

On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Gangsta Boo -- a widely beloved lyricist and early member of Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia. The interview spans Boos fascinating career, coming up as a young rapper, making a name with Three 6, her own fascination with the occult, jumping ship before the Oscar for Hustle & Flow, and her role as “the third member of Run the Jewels.” Over the course of the interview, Boo is incredibly open, deeply insightful, and every bit as raw and real as her (very underrated) lyrics. If you’re a fan of Three 6, women in rap, or lyricism you’re going to want to check this episode out with a quickness.  

Mar 1

55 min 53 sec

This week on People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with one of the greatest hustlers in the history of the rap game -- Master P. The No Limit general talks about his upbringing in the notorious Calliope Projects, making the jump from hoops to music, launching No Limit in the Bay area, his myriad influences, and unpacks his biggest hits. While plenty of Master P interviews talk about the brand he created, this conversation centers on P the man -- his lyrics, favorite tracks, closest relationships, and the records that started it all.  If you’ve been looking for a Master P interview that really centers on his music and how those accomplishments led to future successes, while also revealing what makes Master P tick -- we got you. 

Feb 15

1 hr 7 min

In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Goodie Mob is in the building and we’re diving deeeeeeep. Big Gipp, Khujo, Cee-Lo, T-Mo, are all here and nothing is off limits — we’re talking Outkast, reminiscing about the Dungeon, looking back on the power and influence of ‘Soul Food,’ and digging in to the group’s latest release, ‘Survival Kit.’ If you’re ready to understand the intersection of Southern Rap and Conscious Rap — this interview is the place to start. 

Feb 8

1 hr

It’s been a long time coming and we’ve finally got Macklemore in the (virtual) building!  This conversation goes... everywhere -- with Mack keeping it 100 and holding nothing back.The discussion spans his whole career, his fight with addiction, his forays into squaring up against politicians, and how he’s handled mega-stardom. After touring together in 2016, Kweli and Macklemore have a whole lot of rapport and that shows as they chop it up about everything from white privilege to drug abuse among young people.  If you love the Seattle-based MC, this episode is a must listen. It’s Macklemore at his rawest and realest. 

Feb 1

1 hr 39 min

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. 

Jan 25

1 hr 46 min

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. 

Jan 18

1 hr 44 min

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. 

Jan 11

1 hr 19 min

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 2020

1 hr 10 min

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 2020

2 hr

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 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 2020

1 hr 8 min

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 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 2020

1 hr 48 min