110+ Talib Kweli Quotes On Palestine, War And Kanye
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- A flower that grow in the ghetto know more about survival than the one from fresh meadows.
- I ignored your aura but it grabbed me by the hand, like the moon pulled the tide, and the tide pulled the sand.
- Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.
- Do the math: You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half.
- You gotta get back to your essence, Use your gifts and share your presence, Don't count your dollars 'til you count your blessings.
- Life without knowledge is death in disguise.
- When you shine bright, some won't enjoy the shadow you cast.
- If lyrics sold then truth be told/I'd probably be just as rich and famous as Jay-Z.
- 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.
- I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified.
Talib Kweli Image Quotes
Life without knowledge is death in disguise. — Talib Kweli
I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Short Quotes
- I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old -- he's a misguided 40-year-old person.
- Life is a beautiful struggle.
- When I met you it was magic... We polar opposites, but attracted like we was magnets.
- Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing.
- Once you're signed to a label you compromise.
- Hip-hop is a vehicle.
- Honestly, you have to take care of yourself. That's probably something I have learned on the road.
- And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.
- Woman are complex creatures.
- Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record.
Talib Kweli Quotes On Love
We get high on all types of drugs when, all you really need is Love — Talib Kweli
The way I see it, if people truly love my music, they will support me in some way down the road. — Talib Kweli
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. — Talib Kweli
By the time you get into other kinds of music - R&B, country, or whatever - it becomes something that's romantic. It becomes something unattainable. Never-ending undying love. And in hip hop, we're still taking direct inspiration. — Talib Kweli
Love is blind, you just see bright light — Talib Kweli
We speak the love language, they speak from pain and anguish. Some don't love theyselves, so they perception is tainted. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On My Way
The only way for me to be an artist is to be honest in my craft. If I veer from that, I'm not giving the investors what they want. Sometimes it's my job as an artist to know what I want to do, even when the fans tell me different. — Talib Kweli
Homosexuality in hip-hop is an extension of homosexuality in the black community. The black community is very, very conservative when it comes to homosexuality, and I don't mean conservative in the good way, like we're saving money. I mean very intolerant. — Talib Kweli
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. — Talib Kweli
I feel like I have way more resources, way more experience. I'm better. But my fans romanticize the earlier stuff, and I don't think it's just like a nostalgia thing of "He's not as good" - I think it's because that earlier stuff was aggressively marketed as a lifestyle to them. — Talib Kweli
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. — Talib Kweli
People can be inspired the way I've been inspired by music. — Talib Kweli
Hopefully, we learn to appreciate hip-hop here so that it doesn't go the way of jazz. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On Creative
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. — Talib Kweli
Jazz is the greatest American art form and our greatest export. We don't pay attention to the youth of jazz, don't stoke the fires creatively for the youth coming up. I feel like jazz musicians became too much of purists - with Donald Byrd doing funk jazz in the '70s. — Talib Kweli
My fans like to be romantic. I feel like I'm creating at least at the same level or even a higher level of creativity than I was at twenty-one. I've gotten better as an artist. — Talib Kweli
But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On Conscious
There are staples to my show. I have to be conscious about switching things up because I know people who saw me last year will say, 'He did that last time.' But if certain things work, they work. — Talib Kweli
It doesn't get any more underground, conscious or indie than Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, but because they got a couple of really big pop hits, actually some of the biggest pop hits that hip-hop has ever seen, people are missing that part of their story. People are not counting that blessing. — Talib Kweli
Being called a conscious rapper is quite a compliment. It's a great thing to be. But as an artist, my nature is to not be in a box. — Talib Kweli
Being called 'conscious' is a great thing to be, but it's the connotations and preconceived notions that come with the buying audience about what conscious music can be. — Talib Kweli
I am not a prisoner of conscious, but people try to make me one sometimes. It is both a gift and a curse. It's a high honour but can create limitations - I have to be fluid. — Talib Kweli
There's consciousness in my music, and my music comes from a conscious place. And when people say that, I certainly take it as a compliment. But my job, in terms of selling my music, is to be universal and to try to get it to everybody. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On Music
I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated because you believe their words and you appreciate their honesty in their music. If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music, the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props. — Talib Kweli
A true artist does not depend on radio for success. A true fan does not let radio determine what they support — Talib Kweli
I think hip hop is a dance music that's rebellious by nature. — Talib Kweli
My musical influence is really from my father. He was a DJ in college. My parents met at New York University. So he listened to, you know, Motown, and he listened to Bob Dylan. He listened to Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones, but he also listened to reggae music. And he collected vinyl. — Talib Kweli
I don't feel comfortable making empty music. — Talib Kweli
God gave us music, so we play with our words. — Talib Kweli
Young kids should be doing music that has shock value. They'll grow out of it. — Talib Kweli
Hip hop is at its essence a folk music, because it speaks the language that people are still speaking at ground zero, it speaks the language that people speak on the streets. — Talib Kweli
I think people are into me because of my music choices and my musicality. — Talib Kweli
My personal take on politics is I deal with social situations and cultural situations in my music and in my life. I have said on record many times that I haven't voted. I'm not the type of person who says, 'I'm never going to vote.' I think it's clear to me that our system has failed us. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On People
I think once you're in the public eye, whether you're a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you're automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question. — Talib Kweli
People didn't really take white rappers seriously until Eminem, because he was better than everybody. Like female emcees, you need to be like Lauryn Hill or Nicki Minaj or killing everything before somebody takes you seriously. — Talib Kweli
What's more condescending and corny than someone telling you how much more money they have than you and telling you basically, 'I don't care about poor people,' which is a large part of what you hear of corporate hip-hop on the radio. — Talib Kweli
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. — Talib Kweli
I have a luxury of people coming to see me whether I play for the crowd or not. I don't take that lightly. — Talib Kweli
You see somebody rapping and you're like, "Nah, my cousin can do that." You're spoiled by the experience. Overseas, it's still something that people can appreciate. — Talib Kweli
I feel like people mislead themselves when they tell themselves they're into me because of the lyrics. From my vantage point, people aren't into me because of the content, because of the lyrics. Because there's a million of rappers who have great content. — Talib Kweli
As far as my New York influence, one thing I'm proud of in my career is, I rep Brooklyn, New York all day. But people don't look at my music as New York music. People consider my music underground music. — Talib Kweli
I support the idea that artists have to make a stand. I'm with that - you're putting the discussion on the table and you're letting people know. You're being brave as an artist and responsible to the community. — Talib Kweli
I'd like to work with Outkast, I'd like to work with RZA, I'd like to work with Timbaland, York, a whole bunch of people. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Quotes On Artist
Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted, Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets. Where were you the day hip-hop died? Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride? — Talib Kweli
But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected. — Talib Kweli
I like the fact that I can rep New York, but my style does not - I'm not trapped in a New York thing. I can do art songs with other artists and it's seamless. — Talib Kweli
As an artist, I have to be a leader of my fans, not, like, follow them. Because if I chose to follow them, you know, they could do it. You know, it's me who's doing it. — Talib Kweli
I tour whether I have album out or not. I tour more than any other hip-hop artist. — Talib Kweli
I'm not an artist that has a big, huge radio record that's going to be on BET. — Talib Kweli
The responsibility of an artist is to be honest with themselves. — Talib Kweli
I take certain steps to make sure I'm relevant artistically. I always have new music and a reason to be on the road. I'm not just playing 'Get By' over and over. I have 12 albums. — Talib Kweli
Hip hop has always been, for us, for artists who are pure to the craft - any place overseas, whether it's Australia, any place in Asia, Germany, Africa, it becomes something where you can still go and work. Hip hop is an import culture. We're spoiled by it here. It's homegrown. — Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli Famous Quotes And Sayings
Life without knowledge is death in disguise. — Talib Kweli
I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified. — Talib Kweli
You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. — Talib Kweli
If you ain't using all the talents God provided you with For the betterment of Man, understand, You ain't nothing but a waste. — Talib Kweli
My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball... then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers. The most important thing I learned was that you control your crowd, not the other way around. — Talib Kweli
You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft. — Talib Kweli
You gotta eat right, you gotta have healthy habits, you know, and balance out your decadence with a healthy lifestyle during the day. — Talib Kweli
We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of. — Talib Kweli
The most important time in history is - NOW - the present, So count your blessings cause time can't define the essence. — Talib Kweli
I listened to a mind joint, and I wanted to do my own version of it, and what you hear on my mixtape is my take on what the whole CD sounds like. — Talib Kweli
They hope for the Apocalypse like a self-fulfilling prophecy Tell me when do we stop it? Do they ask you your religion before you rent an apartment? Is the answer burning Korans so that we can defend Islamics? — Talib Kweli
If you go to a college campus and you do stop and frisk, you're going to find a lot of drugs there too. — Talib Kweli
Artists look at the environment, and the best artists correctly diagnose the problem. I'm not saying artists can't be leaders, but that's not the job of art, to lead. Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte - there are artists all through history who have become leaders, but that was already in them, nothing to do with their art. — Talib Kweli
When I look at the arc of my career, my focus is on lyricism, right? I own that. — Talib Kweli
These niggaz ain't thugs, the real thugs is the government. Don't matter if you Independent, Democrat or Republican, Niggaz politickin' the street, get into beef, Start blastin'...now a new cat is executive chief. — Talib Kweli
I think hip-hop is no more misogynistic than America is as a society. I just think hip-hop is a lot more brash, a lot more bold, a lot more loquacious. There are a lot more words that go into a hip-hop song than go into a regular song. — Talib Kweli
Unfortunately hip-hop is so competitive that in order for fringe groups to get in, you gotta be better than whoever's the best. So before Eminem, the idea that there would be a white rapper that anybody would really check for was fantastic or amazing or impossible. — Talib Kweli
Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well. — Talib Kweli
"Art Imitates life," of course, is that phrase by Oscar Wilde. I called that song "Art Imitates Life" because Oh No was in the studio and he actually came up with that hook. When I was trying to figure out a name for the record, it just kind of made sense. — Talib Kweli
Who you? Your name smaller than fine grains in couscous It's the highest calibre, your calibre is deuce deuce — Talib Kweli
That's what hip-hop is: It's sociology and English put to a beat, you know. — Talib Kweli
There's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. — Talib Kweli
You know, I've learned a lot from every person I've collaborated with, from Madlib to Jean Grae and Hi-Tek, to Mos to DJ Quik, to even somebody like Jermaine Dupri. I've taken something important away from every experience. — Talib Kweli
I have enough rhythm to blend at this point. I have enough rhythm to blend one song into another. But man, I have such respect for the art of deejaying. I hesitate to even call myself a deejay. — Talib Kweli
I just got a new manager. He's like, "So what do you want to do with the deejay thing?" I'm like, "The deejay thing for me is more my hobby." It's great when you can supplement your income, when you have a weekly or something, it's fun. It's really a hobby, because I don't want it to take away from what I do, which is emceeing. — Talib Kweli
Just because no one can understand how you speak, Don't necessarily mean that what you be sayin is deep. — Talib Kweli
My parents are my biggest influences. My parents and my city. Brooklyn, New York, New York City, the community I grew up. I don't feel like I'm special in that. I feel like that's everybody. — Talib Kweli
Things are fluid in this world, and if you don't remain fluid, you get lost in the sauce. — Talib Kweli
If I focus on being an activist and my job is to be a rapper, I'm not going to be as good of a rapper. I need to focus on hip-hop and focus on making the music, so that when the activists come to me and they need my voice to create a platform, then I've got enough people listening to me. Not because I'm conscious, but because I'm dope. — Talib Kweli
War is not civilized. — Talib Kweli
Before Eminem, the idea that there would be a white rapper that anybody would really check for was fantastic or amazing or impossible. — Talib Kweli
If I'm performing with a DJ, it's all on me to draw the energy. I like the camaraderie of a band. — Talib Kweli
Or is it the mind state that's ill, creating crime rates to fill the new prisons the build — Talib Kweli
There just needs to be a gay rapper. He doesn't have to be flamboyant, just a rapper who identifies as gay - who's better than everybody. Unfortunately hip-hop is so competitive that in order for fringe groups to get in, you gotta be better than whoever's the best. — Talib Kweli
I'm spinning records and I look across the restaurant and I see somebody who looks Asian. And I'm like, "Yo, that looks like Yoko Ono." I'm like, oh, I can just meet - that's going to be great. Then I look carefully and I'm like, "That's not Yoko Ono, that's Bruno Mars." And it was Bruno Mars. That just happened recently. I was bugging out. Because that was totally not Yoko Ono at all. — Talib Kweli
Just because someone has great content doesn't mean you like them as a rapper. — Talib Kweli
There just needs to be a gay rapper who's better than everybody. That's when that question will no longer be able to be asked. — Talib Kweli
I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. I'm looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate. — Talib Kweli
With Prisoner of Conscience, the focus was - I've worked with Madlib, High Tech, Kanye West, J Dilla. I feel like I've worked with some of the greatest of all time. That's been overlooked. That's been overshadowed by the weight of the lyrics. — Talib Kweli
You'll be fooled if you only get your hip-hop from the mainstream, you know. The things that move people are not just found in the mainstream cultures. And when we talk about hip-hop in general, hip-hop's basically preoccupied with life. — Talib Kweli
I think its man's nature to go to war and fight. — Talib Kweli
I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work. — Talib Kweli
Truthfully I wanna rhyme like common senseNext best thing I do a record with common sense — Talib Kweli
You have to learn how to harness technology so you can use it for positive stuff without being disconnected from nature. — Talib Kweli
Everybody could write, deejay, rap. Everybody could do it all. — Talib Kweli
I think the line is where you're in the studio, you're creating. That belongs to you as an artist. Nothing should taint that. I shouldn't be thinking about what the fans want, I shouldn't be thinking about what the radio wants, what the label wants, what your manager wants, a song for the chicks, a song for the street. — Talib Kweli
I think music sharing of any kind is great. — Talib Kweli
Artists make art for themselves. Art is an honest expression. Artists who pander to their fans by trying to make music "for" their fans make empty, transparent art. The true fan does not want you to make music for them, they want you to make music for you, because that's the whole reason they fell in love with you in the first place. — Talib Kweli
If you look at my career, doing albums with Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne or KRS-One and Jean Grae, I can't be pigeonholed. — Talib Kweli
But Rawkus is integral to what I do, because the cats who started Rawkus are the first ones who really saw my vision, and gave me a platform to get it out there, so I'm definitely totally grateful for that. — Talib Kweli
I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18. — Talib Kweli
Coltrane had a sax, Dale Earnhardt drives a race car and everybody has their tools. — Talib Kweli
But there's so many things in life like women, like children, like God and family that transcends the world of hip-hop. — Talib Kweli
Why give you the cure when the disease makes money? — Talib Kweli
I look at the deejay thing as something - I'm good at it because I have my own music. I have enough rhythm to blend at this point. — Talib Kweli
When Occupy Wall Street happened, I took my money out of Citibank. I already had problems with all the banks - Citibank, Bank of America - but I was kind of just too lazy to take my money out until I saw how Citibank responded to Occupy Wall Street. — Talib Kweli
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. — Talib Kweli
Life Lessons by Talib Kweli
- Talib Kweli is a great example of how to use music to spread a message of social justice and political awareness.
- His lyrics often challenge the status quo and encourage his listeners to think critically about the world around them.
- Through his work, he shows us the power of using art to make a difference in the world and to spark meaningful conversations.
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