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People's Party with Talib Kweli
9 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Dom Kennedy Talks The Game & Nipsey Hussle, Gangbanging, And His Unique Flow
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.
13 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Bob Saget Talks About Full House’s Legacy, The Olson Twins, Being Mentored By Rodney Dangerfield, Cancel Culture, And More
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.
6 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Blueface Gives Love To Snoop Dogg, Breaks Down His Influences, Talks About Crip Life, Pop Smoke, And More
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.
15 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Jaleel White Discusses The Legacy Of Steve Urkel, The Success of Family Matters, How The Character Shaped The Rest Of His Life, And His New Weed Brand
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.
5 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Open Mike Eagle Dives Deep on: Being a “Rapper-Comedian,” Hip-Hop Lifespans, Divorce, Wokeness, and Podcasting
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?
10 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Jeff Ross Breaks Down The Power Of Roasting (And It’s Similarity To Early Rap), Tells The Story Of Jamie Foxx At The Emmitt Smith Roast, And Talks USO, Ann Coulter, Shaq, Buddy Hackett, Chappelle, And More
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.
5 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Isaiah Rashad Opens Up About The House Is Burning, Mental Health, His Rapping Style, Outkast Influences, TDE Family, And More
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.
4 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Terrace Martin Talks About Collaborating With Kendrick Lamar And TDE, Being A Multi-Instrumentalist, The Great Robert Glasper, And Gangbanging Fact Vs. Fiction
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.
7 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Skyzoo On Being Influenced By Bad Boy And Puffy, Wrestling With Rap’s Capitalism, Spike Lee, Basketball Raps, Ghostwriting, And More
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.
10 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Kendrick Sampson Talks Working With Issa Rae, Organizing With BLM, Building A Pro Black Acting Career, And Becoming A Police Abolitionist
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!
6 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Lady London Discusses Her Sway Cypher, BLM Freestyle, Studying Other Rappers, HBCUs, And Her Uncle, Chino XL
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!
123 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Raekwon Talks Wu-Tang Dynamics, C.R.E.A.M. History, Ghostface Killah Collaborations, Favorite Gangsta Movies And More
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.
69 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Talks Anti-Racism, Black Liberation Theology, ADOS, Reparations, And The Idea That The Word “Racist” Is A Slur
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.
123 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Darryl McDaniels (DMC from Run DMC) Talks Jam Master Jay, ‘Proud to be Black’, Tupac, Rick Rubin, and the Beastie Boys
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.
95 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Yasiin Bey Opens Up About The Black Star Era & Black Star II, New York Hip-Hop, Mental Health Among Black Men, & His New Podcast, The Midnight Miracle
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.”
83 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Pete Rock Shares The True Story Behind “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” And Talks Heavy D, Kanye, Griselda, James Brown, His Reggae Influences, SP1200 Vs. MPC 2000XL, And More
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.
85 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Constitutional Scholar & Author Jamal Greene Explains The Role Of The Facebook Oversight Committee, The Banning Of Trump, The Limits Of Free Speech, And The Difference Between Individual And Societal Rights
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.
78 minutes | May 24, 2021
J. Period Explains His Approach To Mix Tapes, Shares Thoughts On Working With Black Thought, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauryn Hill, And Dave Chappelle, And Breaks Down His New Project, Story To Tell
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.
53 minutes | May 10, 2021
Madlib Talks Black Star, MF Doom, Ja Dilla, Medicine Show, Mac Miller, Musical Influences, And More
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.
84 minutes | May 3, 2021
Fat Joe Talks Pun, 50 Cent Beef, Growing Up In The Bronx, The N-Word, DJ Khaled, And Depression
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.
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