People's Party with Talib Kweli

People's Party with Talib Kweli

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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September 20, 2021 9 min
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 co...
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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 f...
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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 -- ...
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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 -- in...
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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 everythi...
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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 ...
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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 TD...
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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 genr...
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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...
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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 p...
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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. ...
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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 avoi...
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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 thin...
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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 th...
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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.  ...
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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...
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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...
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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, visit...
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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. 
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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, ...
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