Talib Kweli & Hit-Boy On ‘Racks In The Middle,’ Big Sean, Nas, Kendrick, Kanye | People’s Party Full
In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with producer, rapper, singer, and songwriter:
Here’s what we got into:
• Growing up in Pasadena and his uncle being part of the R&B group Troop.
• The hip hop collective Surf Club and how it came together via MySpace.
• Being tired of questions about his production for ‘Ni**as in Paris’.
• His experience working with Nas on ‘King’s Disease’ I and II.
• People’s claims of Nas being bad at beat selection.
• Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Backseat Freestyle’ beat originally intended as an R&B track.
• Kendrick stealing the show during the Super Bowl Half-Time.
• Ye’s admission of being a Backpack Rap poser when he first came on the scene.
• Hit-Boy’s take on the importance beat tags.
• The emotional studio sessions with Nipsey Hussle making ‘Racks In The Middle’.
• Working with Beyoncé on her songs ‘Flawless’ and ‘Sorry’.
• People not fully grasping the depth of Beyoncé’s musical genius.
• Sharing his record deal info online and the praise he received from artists.
• How he and Benny The Butcher linked up to record the track ‘Legend’.
• The making of Nas’ ‘Moments’ as well as ‘Nobody’ featuring Lauryn Hill.
• Lauryn Hill being the Nina Simone of our generation.
• Hit-Boy’s musical connection with Big Sean and how easy it is to work together.
• Being notorious for throwing some of the best parties in town at one time.
• His work with A$AP Rocky and Ferg and the all-star collab ‘1 Train’.
• A possible Hit-Boy compilation featuring multiple artists in the works.