Talib Kweli has been the face of “real hip-hop” for quite some time.
While his fans are treated to a new project from his genre-spanning group Idle Warship called Habits of the Heart, most of them are wondering if a reunion of Black Star will ever come into fruition. At the same time, the outspoken rapper has been known to voice his opinions about the current political landscape.
In an interview with MTV Hive, Talib sits down with Jason Newman to speak about these topics. From releasing his Habits of the Heart project weeks before its release date on Spotify to visiting Occupy Wall Street. He also addresses whether or not President Barack Obama has helped the United States flourish. He even shares his thoughts on Republican candidate Herman Cain being a contender in the 2012 presidential race. Needless to say, his feelings on Obama haven’t changed. However, at least there’s a higher possibly of a new Black Star album, setting out for release sometime next year.
An Update on Black Star:
“Me and Mos are focused on independence and quality of sound. We’re really into a Madlib/Dilla thing right now. Anything you hear from us is probably going to be that type of sound. And it’s about independence, so we are trying to find out the right mediums to get the songs out. When you heard “Fix Up” on Colbert, it wasn’t even mixed; it was something we recorded a week before. Now we’re at the mixing stage of the song and we are going to put that out ourselves. We have a bunch of songs recorded. We are just trying to figure out the best way to release them, whether it’s going to be one by one, EP or album. Right now, the plan is to release “Fix Up” and then Yaasin is working on a Yaasin Bey Presents project and then we’ll see how it goes.”
On posting a open letter supporting Barrack Obama in 2008, but condemning the two-party system and the electoral college.
“My feelings toward Obama remain exactly the same. My position hasn’t changed on electoral politics in this country; I still don’t agree with the system or how it’s ran. Anyone who expected Obama to get into office and then: Utopia! .Clearly, if anyone has seen what happened to Bill Clinton with Ken Starr, we were in a time of prosperity and they did everything they could to bring that man down. So I know how dirty and crazy politics work and Republicans made it very clear that they weren’t going to let Obama accomplish shit. So the idea that he’s not been able to deliver on some things, of course he wasn’t able to deliver! I would’ve been surprised if he delivered on anything. With that said, he’s actually doing a better job than I thought he was going to do.”
Thoughts on Herman Cain:
“Herman Cain is Bizarro Obama. He’s the flip side; he lives in an alternate universe. The thing about Cain — it’s what Touré said — he’s just not a serious thinker. When he’s saying “If you are not rich, it’s your fault,” you’re not a serious thinker. I don’t think being prosperous in America or material gain has anything to do with your level of intellect. But I think Cain is a hard worker and a decent man. I think he’s doing this because he really believes it in his heart, but he’s not a smart man. And that has nothing to do with color or race. I don’t care who [Republicans] pick. Anyone in this country who really thinks Obama is going to lose is crazy.
I like the shit Ron Paul be saying. He’s fucking crazy, but he’s without a doubt the smartest of that group and that’s why they don’t even talk about him.”