Interview on “Sway In the Morning,” Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli spoke about the recent controversies involving Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, and their losing corporate endorsements due to the public backlash against their lyrics. Kweli says that he didn’t want anyone to lose money.
“I feel like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross should get money. I was disappointed that they got dropped,” Talib told Sway. “I wish they would have came with stronger apologies sooner and kept they money. The reason I said something, I wanted them to keep their money. I don’t want to see no Black man lose nothing. These companies obviously don’t have our best interests in mind. They obviously don’t. It’s also a money thing. It’s a look. That’s also why you can’t say these artists aren’t hip-hop. You can’t say Lil Wayne and Rick Ross ain’t hip-hop. From the outside looking in, these men have dedicated their lives to the music. Whether you like their output or not, they represent hip-hop for millions of people and that can’t be fronted on.”
The legendary Roots crew has had precious few hip hop beefs, but during a recent appearance on The Combat Jack Show, frontman Black Thought revealed that he had a brief falling out with rapper Nas. Thought says that the Queensbridge rhymer dissed his crew during an interview. “In some interview he made a comment about how wack it was for us to do the movie Bamboozled with Spike Lee and ‘How you gonna call yourself The Roots and Black Thought or something and you’re portraying a group called The Alabama Porch Monkeys in Spike Lee’s movie with the ball and chain and all,’” said Black Thought. “Nas was spazzing out on a lot of people during that point in time because he was losing his mom. He had actual beef during that time and this was just a comment he made about The Roots.”
“I hadn’t really interacted with him at all up until that point. And then there was a show one night with Talib Kweli and I think he invited Nas, and he invited me. And we were all there in the building together. I had a chance to meet Nas and he explained to me that it wasn’t coming from a personal place and he basically apologized,” Black Thought explained. “He told me he was going through it. He lost his mom. I totally relate to that, I lost my mom when I was 17. She’s a murder victim. Both my parents are murder victims, got killed in Philly.”
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. took it personal offense to media reporting a connection between hip-hop and the suspects responsible for this week’s Boston bombings. T.I. told TMZ he has no connection to the hip hop website frequented by dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev … a site that prominently featured the rapper’s mug. T.I. had no idea his pictures were posted — he’d never even HEARD of Real-HipHop.com — and he’s upset that the hip hop genre is now connected to the bombers. “Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture,” he tells us. “It doesn’t create them.” T.I. is frustrated: “Hip hop ain’t never been about hurting innocent people,” T.I. said. He feels Boston “was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved.” “Hip hop ain’t never been about hurting innocent people,” T.I. said. “[The bombing] was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved.”
Freestyle session with TEMP,EyeznPowa, Mic Deluxx, Mike Mass, and Malibu in the studio on Hip Hop Flavors. Tune in every Tuesday night to Hip Hop Flavors with BC,Dev, Big Jeff,and DJ Fader from 1AM-4AM EST on WMNF 88.5FM. Listen to our Live stream and Past shows on http://www.wmnf.org.
It’s been two long years in the making, and everyone from Black Thought of The Roots toCrooked I of Slaughterhouse to Talib Kweli and Kendrick Lamar has been interviewed to get their take on the industry that they belong to and what an aspiring artist must be willing to learn and do just to make it in the game independently. This documentary follows the lives of some pretty incredible artists from all sides and generas of the Hip Hop game and will make you think twice as a listener and consumer about how you support the artists you rock to. Kareem Forte the DEMOS Producer/Director has really put his foot in this one. It’s what many wished The Art Of Rap would have been. It’s gritty, it’s raw, but most importantly it’s real. And isn’t that what Hip Hop is supposed to be? Check it out!