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Talib Kweli

American,  Musician
Total Quotes : 26
Doing Anybody Directors

A lot of these people, these program directors, just like anybody else in the world, even though they're supposed to be leaders in the world, they're followers. They follow what they think someone else is doing, instead of trying to blaze a trail.

- Talib Kweli

Homosexuality Very

Homosexuality in hip-hop is an extension of homosexuality in the black community. The black community is very, very conservative when it comes to homosexuality, and I don't mean conservative in the good way, like we're saving money. I mean very intolerant.

- Talib Kweli

Values Morals Making

Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.

- Talib Kweli

Some Over Major Label

As far as being on a major label, some labels get it and get what they have to do, and some labels don't. I don't think the label I'm on necessarily gets it, but I think over time they're gonna have to.

- Talib Kweli

Artist Process Respected

But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected.

- Talib Kweli

Sell Market How

But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself.

- Talib Kweli

Believe Hell I Think

I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated because you believe their words and you appreciate their honesty in their music. If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music, the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props.

- Talib Kweli

College DJ Grateful Dead

My musical influence is really from my father. He was a DJ in college. My parents met at New York University. So he listened to, you know, Motown, and he listened to Bob Dylan. He listened to Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, but he also listened to reggae music. And he collected vinyl.

- Talib Kweli

Empower Deal Type

You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.

- Talib Kweli

Learn Will Lives

You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract.

- Talib Kweli

Around About Mos Def

I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18.

- Talib Kweli

Say Everybody Certainly

There's consciousness in my music, and my music comes from a conscious place. And when people say that, I certainly take it as a compliment. But my job, in terms of selling my music, is to be universal and to try to get it to everybody.

- Talib Kweli

Think Good Example Though

The materialism, the brashness, the misogyny - everything in hip-hop is amplified. Misogyny is a good example of something that is completely amplified in hip-hop. I do think there is more than enough of a balance, though, for fans who are willing to search it out.

- Talib Kweli

Art Sense Go

And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.

- Talib Kweli

Humble Be Humble Arrogant

You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft.

- Talib Kweli

Sociology Beat English

That's what hip-hop is: It's sociology and English put to a beat, you know.

- Talib Kweli

World Lost Remain

Things are fluid in this world, and if you don't remain fluid, you get lost in the sauce.

- Talib Kweli

World Problem Role

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion.

- Talib Kweli

Nature Learn Use

You have to learn how to harness technology so you can use it for positive stuff without being disconnected from nature.

- Talib Kweli

DJ Away Collaborated

You know, I've learned a lot from every person I've collaborated with, from Madlib to Jean Grae and Hi-Tek, to Mos to DJ Quik, to even somebody like Jermaine Dupri. I've taken something important away from every experience.

- Talib Kweli