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