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Talib Kweli Quotes

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well.

Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record.

Hip-hop is a vehicle.

Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is.

I don't feel comfortable making empty music.

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

I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. I'm looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate.

I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop.

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.

I think its man's nature to go to war and fight.

I think music sharing of any kind is great.

I will never do a record without some sense of responsibility.

I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.

Once you're signed to a label you compromise.