Talib Kweli Quotes

I think its man's nature to go to war and fight... view

By: Talib Kweli

Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing... view

By: Talib Kweli

So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen. So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output... view

By: Talib Kweli

I will never do a record without some sense of responsibility... view

By: Talib Kweli

I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work... view

By: Talib Kweli

Once you're signed to a label you compromise... view

By: Talib Kweli

People consider Black Star a great album, and I think it's a classic album. But the fact is, both me and Mos Def have made better albums since Black Star... view

By: Talib Kweli

So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent... view

By: Talib Kweli

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... view

By: Talib Kweli

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion... view

By: 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... view

By: Talib Kweli

Woman are complex creatures... view

By: Talib Kweli

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... view

By: 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... view

By: Talib Kweli

War is not civilized... view

By: 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... view

By: Talib Kweli

I think music sharing of any kind is great... view

By: Talib Kweli

I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop... view

By: 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... view

By: Talib Kweli

And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together... view

By: Talib Kweli

But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected... view

By: Talib Kweli

But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself... view

By: Talib Kweli

Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well... view

By: Talib Kweli

Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record... view

By: Talib Kweli

Hip-hop is a vehicle... view

By: Talib Kweli

Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is... view

By: Talib Kweli

I don't feel comfortable making empty music... view

By: Talib Kweli

I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18... view

By: 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... view

By: 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... view

By: Talib Kweli