Talib Kweli Quotes


32 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."
"Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well."
"Fortunately, artists can live off their works, if you're creative at how you do it. If you just depend on the videos and the radio, you're at a loss."
"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 think music sharing of any kind is great."
"I was always rhyming and doing it for the love before I found out I was gonna have children and when I found out, doing it for the love wasn't enough."
"I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work."
"Let me finish my music, and let me present it the way I want to present it. And then share it, put it online, do whatever you want to do after that."
"Once you're signed to a label you compromise."
"So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent."
"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."
"The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion."
"Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing."



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