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Talib Kweli

American,  Musician
Total Quotes : 26
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

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

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

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

Politics Head Straight

Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.

- 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

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

Focus Good Voice

If I focus on being an activist and my job is to be a rapper, I'm not going to be as good of a rapper. I need to focus on hip-hop and focus on making the music, so that when the activists come to me and they need my voice to create a platform, then I've got enough people listening to me. Not because I'm conscious, but because I'm dope.

- Talib Kweli

Song Like Collage

The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.

- 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

World Lost Remain

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

- 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

Habits Decadence Gotta

You gotta eat right, you gotta have healthy habits, you know, and balance out your decadence with a healthy lifestyle during the day.

- 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