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Video: Talib Kweli x Kendrick Lamar in L.A.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Back in November for the free Myspace Thanksgiving show/Gutter Rainbows pre-release party at the Roxy in West Hollywood, Kweli brought out Kendrick Lamar to spit some bars over a Dilla instrumental.

Previously: Talib Kweli & Maseo Explore Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey (Video)

Video: Talib Kweli Sirius XM Listening Party Pt. 2

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Talib speaks to a caller about how he feels like he’s perceived, Sean Price discusses Mic Tyson and Talib performs a song with Nigel Hall.

In part 2 Talib talks about how he uses Twitter to connect with his fans and market his brand. Sean Price also talks for a few minutes about working with Talib and his upcoming album. Talib and Nigel Hall perform a track from “Gutter Rainbows” in the SiriusXM studio.

Props to itstheBino. Sean Price on his next album, “Mic Tyson”:

Sean Price: It’s not ready yet. I got a shit load of songs, but it’s not ready yet.

Interviewer: What would make it ready? What are you missing from the album right now?

Sean Price: I don’t know… I’m trying to make this like the worst album ever. To be as dumb as I am on records, it takes a lot of smarts, so… I’m working on it, I’m working on it. Nah I really got a lot of dumb shit on there, and you know I gotta concentrate on the dumb shit I’m putting together, man, for real, like, you know… if it ain’t disrespectful enough, I scrap it.

Previously: Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows Listening Session @ Hip Hop Nation Pt. 1 (Video)

Video: Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows Listening Session @ Hip Hop Nation Pt. 1

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The other night, Talib held an in-studio listening session and live performance for his latest album over at SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation.

To promote his recent album, “Gutter Rainbows”, Talib stopped by Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation for an album listening party. He took calls from listeners and performed a couple of tracks from the new album. Sean Price and Nigel Hall were also in studio to perform a couple of “Gutter Rainbows” songs. In part 1 Talib talks about the title of his new album, his split from Warner Brothers and performs Palookas with Sean Price.

Props: itsthebino

Video: Talib Kweli ft. Sean Price – Palookas (Live at SIRIUS, NYC)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Talib did an in-studio performance of this Gutter Rainbows cut with Ruck at Sirius in NY yesterday.

Due to my weight gain, I had to double the dosage
of drugs that i do, a n***a stay toasted… P!

Props to Good*Fella Media

Previously: Talib Kweli ft. CyHi Da Prynce – I’m On One (Remix)

Video: Talib Kweli Live @ Apple Store in Chicago

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Talib performs a free show at the Apple Store on North Michigan Ave. in Chicago in support of his new album Gutter Rainbows, which charted #1 on the Hip Hop Albums chart (#5 overall) on iTunes.

Congrats to Kwe, as well as Dru Ha & Buckshot who helped put it out.

Props to FSD.

Talib Kweli Interview w/ Shade45’s Morning Show

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Talib went up to Shade 45 this morning to promote and discuss his new album Gutter Rainbows which is available digitally in the US and in stores everywhere else worldwide.

Talib explains the title and why this album is digital only in the States:

In part 2, he talks about being the #1 Hip-Hop album on iTunes (#5 overall) by doing it independently this time around and compares it to Reflection Eternal’s Revolutions Per Minute not even cracking the Top 10 in the first week, which he contributes to his ex-record label’s lack of promotion.

Part 3: Talib takes calls from fans and denies rumors.

Stream the album in full here (updated with AOL link).

Previously: Talib Kweli – Cold Rain (Video)

Video: Talib Kweli – I’m On One

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows drops digitally next Tuesday.

Pre-order here. Props to DJ Enuff

Previously: Talib Kweli – I’m On One (Prod. by Khrysis)

Talib Kweli – Gutter Rainbows (Track List)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Talib Kweli’s new independent album comes out digitally on January 25th, 2011 in North America, and in all formats in the rest of the world:

As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Kweli saw gutters that ran with dirt, oil and water, revealing a shimmering rainbow to his child’s eyes. Drawing its title from this memory, this album puts at the raw center what his music has been doing for years: finding and preserving the beautiful in the hideous; the rainbows in the gutter. Weaving the lyrical and the gritty, the autobiographical with an honest, no-holds- barred hip-hop spirit; Kweli sticks fiercely to what feels true to him in creating the sound of this album. Without being tied to any particular label’s conception of what his sound should be or when his work should hit his fans, Kweli is free to build his most personal album yet in both content and motivation. Kweli’s true solo career has only just begun, and although the future holds more collaboration, “Gutter Rainbows” marks a new stage in the long and ever-evolving career of Talib Kweli.

1. After The Rain (produced by 88-Keys)
2. Gutter Rainbows (produced by M-Phazes)
3. So Low (produced by Shuko)
4. Palookas feat. Sean Price (produced by Marco Polo)
5. Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (produced by S1)
6. I’m On One (produced by KHRYSIS!)
7. Wait For You feat. Kendra Ross (produced by S1)
8. Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (produced by 6th sense)
9. Cold Rain (produced by Ski Beatz)
10. Friends & Family (produced by E. Jones)
11. Tater Tot (produced by Nick Speed)
12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (produced by Blaq Toven)
13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (produced by Oh No)
14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (produced by Maurice Brown)

“Cold Rain” is currently available on iTunes.

Talib Kweli Talks New Album, Gutter Rainbows

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Talib Kweli spoke to XXL after announcing he was putting the finishing touches on his new album Gutter Rainbows on Twitter earlier today.

“I don’t have a [release] date, per se,” explained Kweli, who began seriously writing and recording for the album in August and says it will come out before Christmas. “I’m not on a label right now and it’s exciting to just be like, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna put this out.’ And I’ve don’t that before—I put out Liberation with Madlib and I didn’t even tell anybody; one day it was not out, and the next day it was [and] like 100,000 people downloaded that for free.” Gutter Rainbows, however, unlike Liberation, will be an album for purchase, likely for around $10, according to Kweli. Production credits for the release will include Hi Tek, Ski Beatz, M-Phazes, E. Jones and Symbolyc One.

“With Blacksmith, we’ve had deals with Warner Brothers and deals with Koch before, but I wanted to experiment with just putting something out on my own, and just seeing what my worth really is to the fans,” he continued.

Below he explains how the term “gutter rainbow” was inspired by the late J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye and experiences he had as a kid.

“I read The Catcher In The Rye when I was in Europe a few months ago and I didn’t really enjoy, but one thing that I took from it was that reference,” he recalled. “The character actually says ‘gasoline rainbows’ in the book. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I’ve always wanted to call a song ‘Gutter Rainbows’—just because of the rainbows that you see when the oil and the water mix in the gutter—and do a song based on that. I just remember being a little kid and finding beauty in that, and how you have to find beauty in stuff like that when you in the hood. But that reference—him noticing the gasoline rainbows in New York City, and just the character’s love for New York City—are what attracted to me to that phrase. Somebody else got it, so it made me feel like it was more than just a song. Maybe it was an album.”

Last week on his Twitter, he stated that the project will be completely self-financed and that it will exist outside of the music industry.

“This is the first time in my career since I’ve been known to rap where I haven’t been attached to any sort of major label,” Talib said, acknowledging he’s taking a risk doing it all on his own, but assuring he’s ready for the challenge. There’s no one to say, ‘You can’t put it out because you have a contract with us.’ But, at the same time, there’s no one to distribute it on a major level. Who knows what it’s gonna end up being.”

Last week he also explained that the tracks on Gutter Rainbows are tracks that didn’t belong on Prisoner of Consciousness, what was expected to be his next album and a departure from his current sound, which he still intends on releasing in the very near future.

“I have some deals on the table [for Prisoner of Consciousness],” he disclosed. “This project is sort of an offshoot of Prisoner of Consciousness. Prisoner of Consciousness I want to be more of a departure from what people might be used to hearing from me; so, with that, I really want to take my time on it. But, at the same time, in order to maintain relevance in the marketplace, I feel like people need to hear from me.”

Expect to see a new mixtape released from Talib within the next month or so called the Community mixtape. It will consist of a collection of the best tracks that his fans have sent in to him.