Talib Kweli Reveals How He and Yasiin Bey First Met on 'Desus & Mero'
The BK MC recalls Black Star origins, how Dave Chappelle’s historic SNL moment came together, and the astounding foresight of Kanye West.
With a new album on the way, Talib Kweli is officially on his Radio Silence press run, and it’s already far from silent.
First stop: getting spicy with the illustrious Desus & Mero. Diehard New York hip-hop fans that they are, the VICELAND duo pried at Kweli’s golden era recollections, opening up about Black Star origins, how he and aspiring-actor-at-the-time, Yasiin Bey, first met in Washington Square Park (Kweli freestyling, Bey handing out fucking hamburgers to other MCs) his misunderstood relationship with Jay-Z, how Kanye and Bey hopped onto the “Get By” remix (originally meant to be just Hov,) and how we flipped a random Jay Electronica encounter into a rare guest verse on his new album.
Talib Kweli’s Radio Silence is out November 17th, featuring appearances from Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Alchemist, the aforementioned rap-game recluse and more. Hit the link below to pre-order your copy ahead of its official release and scroll on to peep the remaining dates on Kweli’s tour schedule, featuring a trio of west coast dates with Yasiin as Black Star.
10/26/2017 – DJ TALIB KWELI – BROOKLYN NY @ BROOKLYN BOWL
10/28/2017 – DJ TALIB KWELI – CINCINNATI OHIO @ REVEL OTR URBAN WINERY
10/29/2017 – BLACK STAR – YASIIN BEY & TALIB KWELI – SANTS ANA CA @ THE OBSERVATORY
10/30/2017 – BLACK STAR – YASIIN BEY & TALIB KWELI – LOS ANGELES CA @ THE NOVO
10/31/2017 – BLACK STAR – YASIIN BEY & TALIB KWELI – SAN DIEGO CA @ THE OBSERVATORY
11/01/2017 – TALIB KWELI – NASHVILLE TN @ CITY WINERY
11/03/2017 – TALIB KWELI – ATLANTA GA @ CITY WINERY
11/05/2017 – TALIB KWELI – NEW YORK NEW YORK @ CARNEGIE HALL
11/09/2017 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
11/10/2017 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
11/11/2017 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
12/08/2017 – TALIB KWELI WITH THE SOUL REBELS – NEW ORLEANS LA @ JOY THEATRE
01/05/2018 – TALIB KWELI – BOSTON MA @ CITY WINERY
01/25/2018 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
01/26/2018 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
01/27/2018 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE
01/28/2018 – TALIB KWELI & BAND – NY NY @ THE BLUE NOTE