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Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Music imprint has dissolved its distribution arrangement with Warner Brothers Records. The Brooklyn MC confirmed the split to AllHipHop.com today after rumors surfaced online that he had been released from his contract with the label. "My label Blacksmith is no longer distributed by Warner Brothers, which means they will not put out Blacksmith future projects,” Kweli told AllHipHop.com. “I still have a deal to put out Talib Kweli and Reflection Eternal thru Blacksmith/WBR." Blacksmith Music was born out of a partnership between Blacksmith Management, originally established by Kweli’s partner Corey Smith, and Warner Brothers in 2006. The roster includes Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and Guyanese/Canadian import Anjulie, the label's sole non-Hip Hop act.


  • big_jay

    is this a good thing or a bad thing?

  • McHuge VT

    A Good Thing, I can’t beleive Kweli got involved with those corporate thugs in the first place. Get Back to your roots Kwe, fight the good fight. Or mabey he was trying to break the machine down from the inside, I don’t know. All i’m sayin is that you shouldn’t rap against the “system” and then turn around and sign a deal with them, it sends mixed messages to your fans. “we all gotta live and gotta eat”.

  • Hiphop’s savior…

    Hmmmm…. distribution wise this isn’t a GOOD thing, because WB can get distribution in a lot of music outlets that most independent labels can’t. However, Talib and Jean Grae already have their established fanbase… and in reality, I don’t think this will have a very large impact on the quality or frequency of their music. If anything, major labels often try to water down an artist’s album for mass consumption.. to inflate sales to possible crossover or casual fans. I think this is a good thing for the fanbase of Jean Grae and Talib, but it might hurt their record sales somewhat. *shrugs

  • Thought & Theory

    This can only be a good thing. In these modern times, with an established fan base and following, why do you need someone to help with distribution?

    Everything you need is available to get your work out there. Just need to get out of the traditional mindset.

  • c.blak

    I don’t know. I don’t think it’s as simple as some of you are making it out to be. If COREY and TALIB decided to end things then I suppose it’s a good thing. But if they had every intention of keeping some sort of distributor for their work, and this is a shock to them, then no this isn’t good at all. But then again, no body seems to buy music anymore so it might not be such a bad thing. We, as outsiders looking in, won’t know until someone from that camp steps up and lets us know.

  • CriticalBEATdown

    Like this wasn’t a surprise? Blacksmith should stay indie and learn how to run an independent business proper. i.e. Stones Throw

  • nothanks

    …I hope it works out for Kweli and his crew, from an outsider looking in, seems like he is a real hardworker, and stays on the grind…I wish him all the best…

  • Conducta

    Do it right Kweli, you do not need WB!

  • Achilles

    I wish the best and can’t wait for new music! Have a good year!

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