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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.

97 Episodes
Madlib is a legit recluse. One of the most prolific producers in the game but definitely not the most talkative. Far from that.  Well, we got him talking about his career, his process, his influences, his collaborations, and the fascinating lane he’s carved for himself. If you need any more convincing than that, well, how about this:  He talks about producing THE ENTIRE Black Star II Album.
Fat Joe is a straight up legend. If you know him from Instagram or a TV cameo, then you need to come to know his REAL place in hip-hop. This is a man who’s been in the game from the early days and remains a vital voice in the culture.  Joe may be on IG talking every week, but things get real and raw when he sits to chop it up with Talib Kweli. Whether it’s the 50 Cent beef, his twin Big Pun, his use of the N-word, life in the BX, or heavy issues like depression, Joey Crack holds nothing back.
Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli have known one another for decades. They’ve collaborated on full albums -- most notably the iconic Reflection Eternal -- and Hi-Tek was the most heavily featured producer on Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. This is all to say: When the usually-reticent Tek agreed to sit down for People’s Party with Talib Kweli, we knew it was going to be a great episode.  If you love the Soulquarians era and count yourself as a fan of Black Star, you’re going to want to catch this one. Hi-Tek gets real and raw, shares stories about coming up with Kweli, and talks about shifting to the West Coast to work with Snoop. The discussion spans the careers of both Tek and Kweli and comes full-circle with discussions of current projects and future collaborations.  This is an episode for true production heads. Because Hi-Tek is -- without a doubt -- one of the best that the culture has seen.
When Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr show up to the People’s Party with Talib Kweli, you know it’s going to be a good time. The duo are two of the realest and most authentic OGs in the game. They’re also bitingly funny and full of fantastic insight.  Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh lead a discussion that charts Onyx’s whole discography -- while bringing in bigger thematic conversations about police violence, the state of rap, and social justice.  If you bounced to mega-hit “Slam” in the 90s or remember the crazy, chaotic “Thrwo Ya Gunz” video, you won’t want to miss a second of this episode. It’s real, raw, and fun as hell.
On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with one of the most influential to ever do the damn thing: BIG DADDY KANE.  If you love Eminem, RZA, or Jay-Z, you need to dive deeper into Kane’s work. If you know and love Kane already, you’re really going to love this interview. The two Brooklyn MCs go deep on serious issues of how art-influences-the-real-world, then keep it light by talking about the power of Kane’s famous flat top.  An episode for all true lovers of the culture and one that’s sure to connect with all the true hip-hop heads.
On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with underground legend Pharoahe Monch to talk about his career up and downs -- from the smash success of “Simon Says” to the lawsuit that followed and beyond.  If you’re a fan of pure lyricism, you know who Pharoahe Monch is. His layered, searing rhymes have influenced everyone from Kweli himself to Eminem, Proof, and the D12 crew. In this conversation, everyone’s favorite rapper’s favorite rapper holds nothing back. He gets raw and keeps everything 100 -- whether he’s talking about his “sex bars,” his bout with depression, or the contract frustrations that nearly derailed his career.
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with ex-dj and current Food Network star, Sunny Anderson. The trio discusses Sunny’s fascinating career — from cutting her teeth at Hot97 to finding her lane at The Food Network — and how her upbringing shaped her cooking POV.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with the wildly talented and endlessly curious Questlove. The conversation spans Questlove’s career -- from bucket drumming in Philly to forming The Roots to launching OkayPlayer to taking a gig as Jimmy Fallon’s band leader.  Kweli and Quest are close friends and it shows throughout the episode, as they recount stories from the “Soulquarian” era, early tours, and in-studio collaborations. The episode offers a fascinating look into one of the most creative minds working today -- a relentlessly eclectic musician who takes sincere joy in his craft.
On this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Dascha Polanco -- actress, advocate, mother, and world class conversationalist (as you shall see!).  Throughout the sprawling sit down, Polanco is raw, funny, and bracingly honest. No subject is off limits and she speaks with sincere care and plenty of wit about matters of culture, race, politics, and the pandemic. There’s also a whole lot of Orange Is The New Black talk, which is certainly fun for any fan of the show.  Even if you haven’t seen Dascha as Daya Diaz even once, there’s plenty to catch your ear in this ep -- a perfect blend of heart, humor, and big ideas.
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chop it up with DJ Clark Kent -- a founding father of hip-hop culture.  The beloved DJ, producer, A&R man, sneaker enthusiast, and all-around legend of the culture holds nothing back in this wide ranging conversation. Want to know more about Jay-Z’s early era? The foundational days of rap? The birth of sneaker culture? Then you want to listen to this gem.
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Gangsta Boo -- a widely beloved lyricist and early member of Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia. The interview spans Boos fascinating career, coming up as a young rapper, making a name with Three 6, her own fascination with the occult, jumping ship before the Oscar for Hustle & Flow, and her role as “the third member of Run the Jewels.” Over the course of the interview, Boo is incredibly open, deeply insightful, and every bit as raw and real as her (very underrated) lyrics. If you’re a fan of Three 6, women in rap, or lyricism you’re going to want to check this episode out with a quickness.
This week on People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with one of the greatest hustlers in the history of the rap game -- Master P. The No Limit general talks about his upbringing in the notorious Calliope Projects, making the jump from hoops to music, launching No Limit in the Bay area, his myriad influences, and unpacks his biggest hits. While plenty of Master P interviews talk about the brand he created, this conversation centers on P the man -- his lyrics, favorite tracks, closest relationships, and the records that started it all.  If you’ve been looking for a Master P interview that really centers on his music and how those accomplishments led to future successes, while also revealing what makes Master P tick -- we got you.
In this episode of People’s Party with Talib Kweli, Goodie Mob is in the building and we’re diving deeeeeeep. Big Gipp, Khujo, Cee-Lo, T-Mo, are all here and nothing is off limits — we’re talking Outkast, reminiscing about the Dungeon, looking back on the power and influence of ‘Soul Food,’ and digging in to the group’s latest release, ‘Survival Kit.’ If you’re ready to understand the intersection of Southern Rap and Conscious Rap — this interview is the place to start.
It’s been a long time coming and we’ve finally got Macklemore in the (virtual) building!  This conversation goes... everywhere -- with Mack keeping it 100 and holding nothing back.The discussion spans his whole career, his fight with addiction, his forays into squaring up against politicians, and how he’s handled mega-stardom. After touring together in 2016, Kweli and Macklemore have a whole lot of rapport and that shows as they chop it up about everything from white privilege to drug abuse among young people.  If you love the Seattle-based MC, this episode is a must listen. It’s Macklemore at his rawest and realest.
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.
Comments (16)


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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