People’s Party is a weekly interview show hosted by hip-hop legend Talib Kweli. The show features big-name guests exploring hip-hop, culture, and politics.
Here's the Latest Episode from People’s Party with Talib Kweli:
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Grammy Award-winning record producer and pioneer of the "Trap Music" sound — Zaytoven. This in-depth interview gives us great insight on how Zay became one of the biggest names in the industry, starting with his beginnings living in the Bay during the 90's perfecting his craft under legends like JT The Bigga Figga and E-40, then moving to Atlanta to produce and help shape the careers of so many Trap Music icons, including Lecrae, Gucci Mane, Migos, and countless others. As the interview progresses, Zaytoven opens up about the church's influence on his music, and how he balances his deep-rooted faith, while operating in the Trap world.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor, writer, and game show host Anthony Anderson. There result is a lively and entertaining start to 2020. The topics are wide-ranging -- spanning Anderson's journey from Compton to Hollywood, his rough start as a standup comic, and his huge breaks (first being cast in the film "Life", alongside Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Bernie Mack, then, only a year later, landing "Me, Myself & Irene" with Jim Carey).
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with the man, the myth, the legend MC Supernatural. Over the next hour and twenty minutes we get a deeply candid and rare discussion with one of the greatest freestylist of all-time. The conversation covers many topics that include early life growing up in Marion, Indiana and his move to Brooklyn, where he met Talib freestyling in Washington Square Park. They reminisce on the days before fame soaking up culture together in the streets of 90's Brooklyn. Nat also details everything that led up to those infamous battle rap sessions with Craig G and Juice that changed the freestyle game forever.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with revolutionary chef, author, activist, TV host, and former b-boy Roy Choi. The conversation that follows spans a wide range of subjects -- from the launch of Choi's famous Kogi Truck to his role in Netflix's "The Chef Show." From the outset, it's clear that no subject is off-limits and Choi doesn't hold his tongue, discussing food deserts, offering his impressions of the LA riots, and opening up about his personal struggles with addiction.
Choi also talks about the hip-hop/food connection, kicks a few food-inspired lyrics, and trades Bourdain stories with Kweli. The trio hits on some big ideas throughout the episode -- liked the notion of subverting capitalism in order to create a more equitable society. The entire hour is deeply insightful and unflinchingly honest while still being funny and fast-paced.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, writer, and producer Michelle Wolf. The conversation is an all-encompassing trip through the intersection of comedy, social justice, and politics. The trio discusses Wolf's fast-tracked comedy career after she left a secure Wall Street job, her notorious White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, and her thoughts on restorative justice. She also talks about performing at the iconic venue The Comedy Cellar alongside greats like Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, and her work writing for Seth Myers and Trevor Noah.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, entrepreneur, and very-honest-motherf*cker, The Game. Right away the trio dives into the deep end, with a wide-ranging conversation on gang culture, rap beefs, Nipsey Hussle's legacy, and a possible G-Unit reunion.
Later in the episode, Kweli and The Game talk about their mixtape collaborations, rap reality vs. street life reality, and #BlackLivesMatter. Throughout the interview, The Game is the same man you hear on the track: unflinchingly honest and fearlessly raw. No topic is off-limits and stories are told in vivid detail. As one observer at the live taping said, "Damn, listening to him is like a John Woo movie!"
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with legendary actor, director, producer, writer, and Avenger Don Cheadle. The conversation covers a wide swath of his career -- as the trio discusses the backstories of what led Cheadle to take the iconic roles he became known for over the years. "Colors," "Boogie Nights," "Devil In A Blue Dress," "Iron Man," "Out Of Sight," and "Hotel Rwanda" all come up in this wide-ranging discussion.
Cheadle also speaks on his contact with Kendrick Lamar, asking him to star in his self-produced and directed biopic 'Miles Ahead', and we get to hear about some of the hilarious reactions he received from Brits about the Cockney accent he used while playing Basher in the Ocean's movies.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with activist, community organizer, National Surrogate for Bernie Sanders, and co-founder of The Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew. Over the course of the next hour and change, the trio dives deep into the importance of HBCUs to the black community, the case for electing Bernie Sanders, and the issues of reparations and identity politics. The conversation is full of big ideas tempered by plenty of laughter.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, songwriter, and icon Lil Kim. We get insight into a number of topics -- including her latest album "9," a college course created at SU dedicated to her lyrics, her first interactions with Biggie, her biggest influences in hip-hop as well as fashion, and what it is about Brooklyn that made it such pinnacle of hip hop through the years.
Later she gives her feelings about being titled a feminist icon, what it was like being in the targets of C. Delores Tucker during her crusade against rap music, her experiences with Trump on his show "The Apprentice," and speaks on her own show "Girls Cruise" now airing on VH1.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and a true icon of the underground, El-P. They dig into a variety of subjects, including the deconstruction of El-P's signature noisy production style, how Run The Jewels with Killer Mike came into existence, Zack De La Rocha living at his house after the Rage Against Machine breakup, as well as what led to the breakup of his own group Company Flow around the same time.
Later Talib and El-P trade their stories on how they got signed to Rawkus Records, being the mecca of the underground scene in the late 90's. El-P also opens up about his song "Last Good Sleep," which outlines his own experiences dealing with domestic violence as a child. His record label Def Jux is also discussed, as well as what we can expect for his up and coming album "Run The Jewels 4" with Killer Mike. The whole interview is filled with moments that are insightful, introspective, and often hilarious.
On this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to Canadian singer and songwriter Melanie Fiona. They get the low down on Drake, the Toronto hip-hop scene and major label deals
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with critically acclaimed comedian, writer, producer, and director Neal Brennan. They discuss his Netflix special "3 Mics", writing for SNL, as well as his work on the Chappelle Show where him and Dave both wrote and produced virtually every sketch themselves. They talk about his relationship with Dave and the aftermath of the show's abrupt ending and fallout. They also go on to speak on a multitude of topics, including white friends asking Neal how to make black friends, sharing stories about their first meetings with Dave Chappelle, Neal's cameo in Half Baked becoming a meme, Ellen's selfie with George W., as well as political news comedians like John Oliver, Trevor Noah and their impact during the Trump era.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Bay Area Rap Legend Too $hort. The trio touch on a range of topics including the evolution of the Bay Area hip hop sound, his multiple retirements, the huge success he found working with artists outside his genre like Lil' Jon and Biggie, and his trademark persona as a pimp rapper and why that seems to translate to such a wide audience.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz/R&B/hip-hop pianist, performer, and producer Robert Glasper. The conversation is wide-ranging -- the trio discusses his early days playing a broken organ at his local church, his time in the Brooklyn scene working with artists like Bilal, Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, and Kweli, and his later collabs with Lupe Fiasco, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Slum Village, Kendrick Lamar, Anita Baker and countless other industry legends.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Rapper and Podcaster Crooked I. They discuss his interview show Crook's Corner, his involvement working on the Hulu Bioepic "Wu-Tang: An American Saga", his first time meeting 2Pac, as well as Long Beach gang rivalries and the need for black and brown unity through hip hop. Crook also speaks on working with Death Row and Suge Knight, then later moving to Shady Aftermath, touring with Slaughterhouse, his struggles with alcoholism and reaching sobriety. The trio also speak on the mainstream promoting negative stereotypes and the need to take back the culture from those that are pushing those agendas.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jamsin Leigh sit down with TMZ personality and podcaster, Van Lathan. They discuss how Van operates within TMZ, his famous Kanye West encounter, his weight loss journey, their past disagreements over gun activism, and how he disagrees with white people versus how he disagrees with black people.
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On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jamsin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, and producer IDK. They discuss how he found his voice as an artist while incarcerated at age 17, his first time meeting Kanye West, and Kanye's confounding relationship with Donald Trump.
Later, the conversation expands to IDK's close friendship with Denzel Curry, his wide-ranging influences as an MC, and his personal take on religion. Kweli, Jasmin, and IDK also dig into the stories behind some of the most attention-grabbing and thoughtful tracks off of "Is He Real?" -- from "Porno" to "Julia...".
This interview reveals a rapper on the rise and a man who isn't afraid to be open or honest with his fans -- both in the booth and on People's Party. The insight that comes with that fearlessness makes the episode essential viewing.
On this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper Murs to discuss the current state of hip-hop, the lack of support for "conscious rap," whether gangs should incorporate, and the influence of white emcees like El-P.
On this special episode of the People's Party Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with friend and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors. They discuss her experience growing up in LA during the war on drugs campaign. She tells the story of how BLM got started, and later explains the guiding principles of the cause. Other topics include corruption inside LA's Sheriff's department, LGBT social movements, the making of Talib's album "Prisoner Of Conscious", how the FBI labeled them a terrorist organization, Jay-Z's recent deal he made with the NFL, reparations, and the serious problems within the US prison system.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh chop it up with comedian, actor, and personal friend Godfrey. They discuss the similarities of what it is to be a rapper versus a comedian. Godfrey talks about valuable lessons learned from Jerry Seinfeld and studying under Bernie Mac when he was getting started in Chicago. They go into Instagram comics possibly being the mumble rappers of comedy, and we get to hear some of his favorite impressions.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh converse with long time friend and collaborator Ras Kass. They discuss his legacy as a lyrical heavyweight on the west coast. He reflects on how he feels about his song "Nature Of A Threat" almost 25 years later and more.
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, performer, writer, and podcaster, Dax Shepard. They discuss Ice Cube, politics, white privilege, addiction, family, and more.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Talib’s longtime friend and collaborator, Evidence. They discuss how his upbringing in Venice Beach and living next door to Quincy Jones’ son helped shape his love for hip-hop music and culture. They also talk about how he got his name from rapper and collaborator Everlast, showing LL Cool J one of his first songs, producing for Kanye West first debut album “College Dropout”, and the story behind his past “beef” with Eminem.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress Estelle. In this wide-ranging interview, the UK star skewers Jermaine Dupri’s comments about women in hip-hop, opens up about launching her career by approaching Kanye West at a restaurant, and shares her creative process.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman -- and Lollapalooza founder -- Perry Farrell. The conversation goes from Perry playing Lollapalooza with Ice-T and favorite protest songs all the way to... a discussion of other dimensions.
Talib Kweli sits down with hip-hop legend and T.I. to discuss his trap past, early albums, Trap Music, his upcoming Flint water movie, ASAP Rocky detained and in jail in Sweden, Jay Z, being "King of the South," and potentially running for mayor of Atlanta.
Talib Kweli sits down with political activist Angela Rye to discuss hip-hop’s influence on culture, their approaches to Twitter trolls, the impact of the 2016 election, and the need for people to better understand where they get their information.
Talib Kweli sits down with legendary hip-hop artist B Real to discuss Cypress Hill, Prophets of Rage, gang life, and marijuana and cannabis activism.
Talib Kweli sits down with sports journalist and former ESPN host Jemele Hill to discuss her role with LeBron James’ “Shut Up And Dribble” documentary, Shaq and Kobe’s rap careers, and Donald Trump’s white supremacy agenda.
On the second episode of People's Party, Kweli sits down with former NBA star and celebrity public figure Lamar Odom. They discuss being famous vs infamous, not taking advice from Jay Z, living in the spotlight, addiction, and Lamar's relationship with Kanye West as well as the Kardashians.
On the world premier of People's Party, Kweli sits down with Texas rap icon Bun B. They reflect on his biggest influences growing up in Port Arthur, the evolution of UGK, his lyrical style, as well as his and Pimp C's breakthrough getting on the Menace II Society soundtrack. We hear his story of hotboxing with Biggie Smalls, and how it felt like he was smoking out with the Godfather. He also gives detailed insight about the home invasion he and his wife experienced recently.