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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.

83 Episodes
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Ja Rule is the guest of the hour and things get very real, very fast. Throughout the interview Ja is incredibly honest and thoughtful about the highs and lows of his career. His love for the culture is on full-display as he recounts his rise to fame and looks back on more difficult moments -- from the beef with 50 to the infamous Fyre Fest.  If you love New York hip-hop, you won’t need us to explain why you should listen to this episode. Gems are dropped left and right and Ja’s energy is absolutely infectious.
In the conversation of “your favorite MC’s favorite MC” Sa-Roc is an absolute superstar. She’s a profound lyricist who feels deeply and captures the gamut of emotions in her music. Coming off of the success of the critically-beloved The Sharecroppers Daughter, Sa-Roc opens up to Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh about her highly-intellectual upbringing, her beginnings in the rap game, self harm and the importance of emotional honesty in music, and much more.  If you want a conversation that will inspire you, push your ideas about hip-hop as a form, and introduce you to a rapper who far more people should be listening to, this is the one.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Rico Nasty is in the booth and she’s keeping it a buck. The interview offers deep insight into Rico’s creative process, her new album Nightmare Vacation, her collaborative relationship with Kenny beats, and the influences that shaped this singular artistic talent.  Over the past two years, Rico has blossomed into a full blown phenomenon. This interview offers the origin story to her success and genuine insight into what makes her tick.
In this episode of People's Party with Talib Kweli, Bounce legend Big Freedia sits down with Kweli and Jasmin Leigh to talk about her career, enduring homophobia in rap music, her concert series in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, her documentary Freedia's Got A Gun, and more. The episode dives deep on serious issues and adds fantastic insight into some of Freedia's most high-level collabs -- from Drake to Beyonce.  If you're interested in bounce, Southern rap, and some of the bigger social issues where the genre needs to improve, this is the episode for you.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Busta Bust is here to recount his storied career with one of his closest friends in the rap universe. Over the course of nearly two hours, Busta, Kweli, and co-host Jasmin Leigh share stories, trade jokes, and give flowers to one of the most important voices in hip-hop history.  This episode is for any fan of Busta, FlipMode, and 90s hip-hop culture.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kurupt gives loves and shines light on the West Coast and the G-Funk era. Over the course of a wide-ranging and very fun interview, the Dogg Pound MC shares stories from the early, chaotic days of Death Row, talks about his iconic first meeting with Snoop, reflects on being widely respected and shouted out by other rappers, and tells the story of “inventing” his own weed style.  If Death Row intrigues you and West Coast is your jam, you absolutely can’t miss this episode.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Papoose represents for NYC hip-hop -- dropping knowledge on the mixtape scene, getting his first career boost by showing up at Hot 97 to rap for DJ Kay Slay, his wife, Remy Ma, and his career and rep for true, gritty New York MC.  Lovers of the mid-2000s New York style will know Pap as a lyricist and be thrilled to get to know him better here, as a man.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, we have Cash Money hitmaker Mannie Fresh in the building. Over the course of an hour and a half, Kweli, co-host Jasmin Leigh, and Mannie Fresh chop it up about songs like “Bling Bling” and “Back That Azz Up,” while also diving deep into Fresh’s background and the rich musical tapestry of New Orleans.  The conversation ends with a bracingly honest discussion of Mannie’s Verzuz battle with Scott Storch.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh talk to one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck. The expansive interview covers growing up in Killer Hill, the early Wu-Tang era, Deck’s lyricism, his post-Wu-Tang projects, and his thoughts on Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Along the way, Deck speaks honestly and openly about the loss of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his regard for Method Man, and the successes and failures of the Wu-Tang.
In this riveting episode of ​People’s Party with Talib Kweli​, the legend DMX sits with Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh for his first interview since his Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg. The wide-ranging conversation goes into X’s history in hip-hop and its link to his drug addiction, rapping for music mogul Lyor Cohen with his jaw wired shut, his lifelong connection to dogs, and his faith. The episode ends with DMX delivering a prayer that’s every bit as powerful as one of his (many) hit records.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with a truly prolific producer, rapper, and DJ. A man whose name has been known to true MCs for generations. We’re talking about the one, the only -- Diamond D.  The trio’s conversation spans Diamond’s storied career, including his close working relationships with everyone from Fat Joe to Lord Finesse to Kweli himself. Along the way, there’s serious knowledge dropped on the art and craft of DJing and producing. The insight into hip-hop culture is enormous and the details about a full-length collaboration between host and guest offers a sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released project.  Diamond D is a production legend and a truly skilled MC on top of that. If you don’t know his impact on hip-hop culture, listening to him chop it up with Kweli and Jasmin is a good place to start.
In this episode of 'People's Party,' Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, author, actor, activist, filmmaker and college professor -- NARCY The topics covered in this deeply profound and insightful discussion include the culture shock that Narcy experienced with his move from Dubai to Montreal, Canada at age 5. They also go on to talk about Narcy directing some of Talib's music videos, the racism that Narcy had to endure during the first Iraq war as well as following the 911 attacks. They touch on the influence of Malcolm X, dangers of the 'deep fake' era, the famous 13th century Muslim poet Rumi, internet becoming a basic human need, Narcy's album 'SpaceTime', the effectiveness of comedy in hip hop, Narcy's song 'Hamdulillah', Narcy's book 'Text Messages: or How I Found Myself Time Traveling', Narcy teaching as a hip hop professor at Concordia, how deeply he has been influenced by the Wu-Tang Clan, and much more.
In this episode of 'People's Party,' Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter and professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles -- Melina Abdullah The deeply insightful conversation begins with Melina, Jasmin, and Talib discussing her Ted Talk 'Resistance as the New Normal' speech. They also reflect on the story of MarShawn McCarrel, expand on the racial wealth gap in America and how to correct it, as well as the stock market and how it perpetuates systematic racism. They explore Melina's upbringing in East Oakland and that community's rich legacy of protesting, as well as discuss the meaning of 'Pan-Africanism'. Melina responds to those accusing her of being a Marxist, they talk about the liberal debate of class vs. race discrimination, and Melina illustrates how shows like 'Good Trouble' that she has appeared in have been so important to the cause, picking up where mainstream media has failed.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, writer, producer and activist Orlando Jones. This interview highlights some great moments in the career of a guy that defines versatility in Hollywood. Topics include his 'Homeboy's Productions' Ad company he created while he was in college, he gives his take on diversity in 'Star Wars', and speaks on gaining commercial appeal as the 7UP spokesman. He also talks about his work on the comedy sketch show 'MADtv' and explains why he decided to leave, he talks about becoming friends with Mike Judge and getting a role in the cult classic 'Office Space', his role in Biker Boyz, as well as his role as Dr. James Lee in 'DrumLine'.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper/writer, as well as one of Queensbridge's finest - CAPONE. Naturally this interview begins with Capone breaking down the elements that turned Queens into such an epicenter for hip hop excellence. Capone goes into how he met Noreaga in '92 while incarcerated, the two finding kinship through their shared hometown of Queensbridge and love of basketball. He also tells about his meeting the Central Park 5 while locked up, how he became close friends with Big L, as well as the lasting Influence and legacy of Tragedy aka Intelligent Hoodlum and what he meant to the success of C-N-N. Capone speaks on Noreaga's gift of slang, he reflects on Biggie wanting to recruit him into the Junior M.A.F.I.A. collective, he talks about his struggle with leaving the street life behind him after achieving success, and they discuss things surrounding his and Noreaga's record 'LA, LA', in response to Dogg Pound's 'New York, New York'.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, songwriter, producer, and one of your favorite emcee's favorite emcees -- ROYCE DA 5'9". The deep level of mutual respect is clear as Talib opens up by telling Royce how much his work has impacted him and his own evolution as an lyricist. Then show kicks off with talk about the history of Detroit hip hop and the infamous Hip Hop Shop. They go on to discuss and dissect Royce's song 'Tabernacle', Royce's path to sobriety, where he speaks to if he feels he's become a better artist because of it. Royce also talks about his longtime friendship with his manager Kino, he answers the question of if he regrets not signing on with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records. They discuss Royce's long-time friendship with Eminem, and he's asked if there's anything he hasn't shared about Em, and if he thinks it's true that their styles mirror each other, he shares how he feels about the old tapes of Em disrespecting black women, they discuss Em owning up to white privilege and Royce answers to why he felt the need to speak out against Lord Jamar and his public criticism of Em's relevance to the culture.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor, writer, and producer -- Hannibal Buress. The amusing episode has plenty of insightful moments including talk about Hannibal's latest comedy special 'Miami Nights' now available on YouTube. They also go on to discuss the Twitter drama over people criticizing him over his landlord status, people not believing his real name is Hannibal, his growing up in Chicago and the hometown comedians that most influenced him, how he overcame his drinking problem, dealing with color-ism growing up, his work with Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, and how his mother being a teacher impacted him on his path to success.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with stand-up comedian, writer, and actor -- Mo Amer. The conversation that follows covers a wide array of subjects. They discuss Mo's moving from Kuwait to Houston, Texas at 9 years old during the first Iraq war, and the culture shock he found when arriving in the states. They talk about the impact of George Floyd's death on the Houston community, and Mo shares his thoughts on the problems with how police operate. He also speaks on his profound love of hip hop, and shows deep gratitude to a teacher that changed his life by encouraging him to embrace his strengths as a performer.
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor -- Miguel. The extensive conversation covers a multitude of topics. All beginning with talk of how he navigated growing up in LA with a Black/Mexican mixed heritage. He goes on to talk about his childhood friendship with rapper Blu, they draw comparisons of Miguel to Marvin Gaye in how they evolved as artists, they discuss Miguel's love for hip hop, his sampling of J-Dilla's 'Crushing', J Cole being accused of misogynistic statements, as well Miguel's infamous accidental leg drop/kick on two women during his performance at the Billboard Awards.
In this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to DJ, comedian and TV personality Cipha.
Comments (15)


Had to bail on this episode when Dax sang the joys of capitalism after acknowledging benefitting from rent control when he was poor. Amazing how quickly people move on when they get a bit of money. Gentrification is a bad thing. It does not help the community. It pushes the community out of their homes, it displaces them, because of capitalism and it's insatiability. That's before we even get into the environmental impact. Dax came across as an incredibly selfish person, ignorant and lacking in self awareness. Dax is in a career that has benefitted from HUGE amounts of luck, and seems to think his current status is purely on merit. Genuinely surprised at his views. Kinda confused as to why he took this interview.

Jan 21st



Nov 9th

dr.mobina safaee

😂😂😂😂😂😂 so good.....its coolllllll😂

Nov 6th

Chris Akers

ecleftic was a great album.

Aug 3rd

Patricia Williams

Wow, just wow! What a great interview with one of my favorite artists! admittedly, you did the damn thing my brother. you are a great interviewer and you ask really solid questions. what was most impressive-wise the way you approached the interview, and the way that you probed the guest. you have a real knack for inviting guests to speak openly and transparently. bravo!

May 16th

Jay Faulkner

Loved this, foreal. So much perspective and insight on historical important moments from the viewpoint of Kiss. I learned a lot from this podcast, gained appreciation and I'm even more of a fan. Thank you Talib, thank you Jada and shout out to Jasmine 🙏🏾💐🖤

Apr 16th


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

Mar 3rd

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


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

Feb 10th

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

Jan 27th

Namon Anderson

Great Interview. Forward 'ever, backwards never.

Jan 5th

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


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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