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Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey On Black Star’s ‘No Fear Of Time,’ Fan Trust, Critics

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In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with legendary rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and Kweli’s partner in Black Star:

YASIIN BEY

Here’s what we got into:

• How much Yasiin has taught Talib about valuing his worth as an artist.
• Dave Chappelle’s words about the potential of art as a powerful commodity.
• The pitfalls of chasing mass appeal and differentiating art from entertainment.
• Being inspired by the journey of Dave Chappelle and his recent accolades.
• Black Star’s ‘No Fear Of Time’ bringing in the sounds of the cosmos.
• Explaining the origins of how the group arrived on the name Black Star.
• The dynamic of how different vibrations can create various states of being.
• Challenging common expectations of celebrities and how they should behave.
• Madlib’s, ‘Sound Ancestors’ and the creative videos paired with the project.
• Staying true being an essential component of Black Star and it’s success.
• Yasiin’s comfort with a certain level of public engagement.
• Working with designer Virgil Abloh and how much he misses his friend.
• Loving fashion and the necessity of staying fresh coming up in Brooklyn.
• The backlash over how Black Star chose to release ‘No Fear Of Time.’
• So-called fans feeling entitled to getting their music how and when they want.
• Asking the real fans of Black Star to trust in their decisions and how they move.
• Wanting to reach as many people as possible, but not at any cost.
• How much they have enjoyed working with the crew at Luminary
• Artists being complicit in evils of the industry when failing to take a stand.
• Applauding the brave souls of generations past that took their stand.
• Discussing album critics who miss the point due to bias and expectations.
• Yasiin’s future as an artist that has announced his retirement from the industry.

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