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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.
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In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, author, producer, and one of the most influential, and respected figures around the world. We're not just talking hip-hop, but ALL of popular culture. The leader of the iconic group Public Enemy -- "Mista" Chuck D. Over the course of two hours, we get an insightful and exclusive discussion highlighting the life and career of a man who helped shape the course of music history. Public Enemy and their pull-no-punches approach to attacking politics and addressing social injustices was the beginning of a true movement in every sense of the word. With Chuck "trending like a chicken sandwich" after his fallout with Flavor Flav, he, Kweli, and Jasmine discuss the rapper's early childhood, coming up in the middle of the civil rights era, PE following Run DMC's footsteps to success in the industry, Chuck designing the PE logo, Yo! MTV Raps co-host Andre "Doctor Dre" Brown's huge contribution to hip-hop, and PE's signature sound. Chuck also speaks to the current generation, giving advice on use of their smartphones.
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and former high school teacher -- D Smoke. This extensive interview covers Smoke's youth, growing up Inglewood, California in a musical family with his mother Jackie singing for greats like Anita Baker, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson, and her teaching him to play piano, starting at age 6. The trio discusses the early days of WoodWorks Records, Smoke and his brother having their own corner store selling CDs and merchandise to promote their movement, and ghostwriting for Genuine, The Pussycat Dolls, and others.
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer and true curator of the culture -- Jadakiss. This comprehensive discussion kicks off with talk of Jada and Talib's shared birth year of '75, and their witnessing of hop-hop's biggest points of evolution at the perfect age, both having grown up in its epicenter of New York City. They also discuss Talib's appreciation of the Lox for showing him love at the beginning of his career, while he struggled for mainstream success. They reflect on Jada's growing up in Yonkers, and the emcees that inspired him most during those early years. The trio also explores what went into the makings of some of the classic recordings Jadakiss was involved with like "All About The Benjamins", "24 Hours To Live", "We'll Always Love Big Poppa", as well as albums such as "The Last Kiss", "Kiss Tha Game Goodbye", "Top 5 Dead or Alive", "Freddy vs. Jason", and his latest project "Ignatius" -- dedicated to his close friend and business partner Ice Pick Jay, who recently passed. Jada describes the challenges he had while recording that album, at times fighting back tears.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer and record producer JPEGMAFIA. As one of the most brazen, uncompromising, and unpredictable figures in hip hop today, in this interview JPEGMAFIA keeps it 💯, true to form. The wide-ranging conversation includes his early years growing up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and his move to Alabama at age 13, where he experienced prevalent racism. They also tackle gentrification, Ice Cube's profound influence on both his and Talib's unflinching approach to racism, the punk/hip hop connection, artist's empowerment to control their public image once they've paid dues, and JPEG gives his take on Kanye's support of Trump.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor and West Coast legend MC Eiht. Being a veteran and pioneer of the Gangsta Rap genre, as well as someone that was fully immersed in the lifestyle that he portrays on wax, Eiht has a deeply authentic story to tell. To kick things off, the trip discusses how Eiht got turned onto gang life at such a young age, the sensationalizing of gang-banging, and how the sets have evolved since he was active. Eiht also digs into his famous long-standing beef with DJ Quik, and how they finally reconciled.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper and writer Rapsody.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to actor, writer, rapper and comedian Affion Crockett.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and one of Talib's closest friends -- John Forte. John's life story is one of extreme highs, lows, and redemption. The show kicks off with talk of his early years growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn with an adventurous spirit, always being on the move. They explore his unique sense of style, things that drew him to the 5% Nation, and landing his first job in the industry, not as an emcee, but as head of A&R for Rawkus Records.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, writer, sports reporter, podcast host, "international hero", hip-hop aficionado, and longtime friend of Talib -- Michael Rapaport. Get ready for a wild one here, with an interview as up-front, honest, and hilarious as any we've seen on People's Party. It kicks off with Mike growing up in New York during the 1980's, where for him "it was all about basketball, hip-hop, and talkin' shit", then moving to LA to do stand-up comedy, which evolved into an acting career, starring in movies like "Zebrahead" and "Higher Learning".
On the 33rd episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor, producer, director, writer, sports league founder, and all-around legend among legends: Ice Cube. The conversation covers a multitude of subjects and starts at the beginning -- with the story of Cube growing up with aspirations of playing pro-football before transitioning into one of the most respected, prolific lyricists of all-time. The trio discusses the origins of Ice Cube classics like "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and "It Was A Good Day," the booming growth of the BIG3 basketball league, and emcees who had the most impact on the development of Cube's pen-game.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with longtime friend, collaborator, and legendary West Coast lyricist -- Planet Asia. Throughout the interview, we get profound insight into numerous topics including PA's upbringing in Fresno, CA, linking up with Rasco to form their group Cali Agents, his desire to leave a legacy as an emcee staying true to form throughout his career, and carving out his niche in the game as a West Coast lyricist cut from the same cloth as East Coast acts like The Wu-Tang Clan. Yep, the deep hip-hop heads are gonna eat this up.
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actress and writer Yvette Nicole Brown. They discuss her early dream of becoming a singer, which evolved into an acting career. Later, she talks about writing the movie "Always A Bridesmaid," and valuable lessons she learned from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino on the set of the hit show "Community." Later, the trio discusses the idea of fame being a vapor and a trap that compromises the integrity of so many in the industry.
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.
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mikeyG

John's Poly Sci Album was an is still Dope AF!!

Mar 3rd
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Namon Anderson

Michael Rapaport has no filter. I appreciate your dialogue about you being a guru on race relations by your experiences and scholarship.

Feb 13th
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Patch

audio quality is dodgey AF. shame as the content is good..

Feb 10th
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mrmaheia@att.net

Definitely down with Planet Asia. Love the conversation. Dropping knowledge. Keep it coming Talib. Peace God !

Jan 27th
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Namon Anderson

Great Interview. Forward 'ever, backwards never.

Jan 5th
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Aieya Jean

this was by far one of my favorite episodes because RG talked pure unadulterated music. I think a correction is warranted however....u guys talked about jazz bands to some degree and relatability to hip hop but did not mention mufk'n Stetsasonic. Daddyo still got bars. how did u guys overlook them?

Dec 27th
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Madeinspace

Oh Michelle. Michael Vick did more than fight dogs (he tortured them when they lost). And he never really apologized or showed remorse. There’s even a documentary about this. I appreciate the need to allow people to be redeemed but show me the evidence he is redeemable other than having served a sentence that honestly should have been a loooooy longer to begin with.

Dec 21st
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Amanda Bennett

'less white Ryan seacrest' 😂😂😂😂

Aug 20th
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