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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.

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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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.




Yasiin Bey Opens Up About The Black Star Era & Black Star II, New York Hip-Hop, Mental Health Among Black Men, & His New Podcast, The Midnight Miracle

Here it is. The one we’ve seen requested by fans every week. The one that people have been clamoring for since day one. The episode we promised way back when, but wanted to wait for the perfect moment to drop: Yasiin Bey is in the building! Today, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh are chopping it up with one of the greatest rappers to every snatch the mic. One half of Black Star. An acclaimed solo artist. A true original in every sense. Listen, we can tell you what’s in the episode. But you don’t need...


Pete Rock Shares The True Story Behind “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” And Talks Heavy D, Kanye, Griselda, James Brown, His Reggae Influences, SP1200 Vs. MPC 2000XL, And More

You want legend talk? Like true “foundational hip-hop” talk? We got you. Welcome Pete Rock to the People’s Party. The conversation starts hot and doesn’t let up. It’s all about Pete and CL Smooth, true stories of rap’s first era, love for vintage crews like Heavy D and the Boyz, and tales from Pete’s many incredible collaborations. This is the gem for the true hip-hop heads. Those who want to know the pieces of the puzzle that are foundational to the culture itself. Those who want to sit at...


Constitutional Scholar & Author Jamal Greene Explains The Role Of The Facebook Oversight Committee, The Banning Of Trump, The Limits Of Free Speech, And The Difference Between Individual And Societal Rights

Jamal Greene is straight up brilliant. Listen to him talk for two minutes and you’ll realize that. He’s also an author, a co-chair of Facebook’s Oversight Committee, an expert on constitutional law, a professor at Columbia School of Law, and the author of How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart. Oh… and he’s the brother of Talib Kweli, our host. The collision of all those elements makes for a riveting discussion. Not only because of Greene’s vast areas...


J. Period Explains His Approach To Mix Tapes, Shares Thoughts On Working With Black Thought, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauryn Hill, And Dave Chappelle, And Breaks Down His New Project, Story To Tell

For decades, J. Period has been the guy that hip-hop legends know, though the mainstream might not. He’s done official mixtapes for Lauryn Hill and the Roots, toured with Black Thought, created The Hamilton Mixtape with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and DJed worldwide with the best of the best. Now, with the release of Story To Tell, J. Period has entered a new stratosphere. He’s stepping into the role of artist and making big moves, visiting the Tonight Show just last week. To celebrate the moment,...


Madlib Talks Black Star, MF Doom, Ja Dilla, Medicine Show, Mac Miller, Musical Influences, And More

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 Talks Pun, 50 Cent Beef, Growing Up In The Bronx, The N-Word, DJ Khaled, And Depression

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 Tells Stories Of Collaborating With J Dilla, Snoop, And Talib Kweli And Yasiin Bey on Black Star; Breaks Down The Cincinnati Sound; And Names His Favorite Producers

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...


Onyx Breaks Down Their Landmark Hits “Slam” and “Throw Ya Gunz”, Talk Queens & Jam Master Jay, And Get Real About Police Brutality

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...


Big Daddy Kane And Talib Kweli Talk Flat-Tops, Brooklyn Rap, Influencing Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, And Eminem, Doing A Rakim Verzuz, & More

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...


Pharoahe Monch Talks “Simon Says” Lawsuit, Internal Affairs, Rawkus Era, Facing Depression, Eminem Shoutouts, Politics & Race, And More

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...


Sunny Anderson Talks About Getting Her Start At Hot97, Anthony Bourdain, Emeril, Facing Racism, ‘Every Day’ Food, And More

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.


Questlove Talks About The Early Days Of The Roots, Shares His Early Influences, Gives Black Thought His Flowers, And Reminisces About The Soulquarians

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...


Dascha Polanco On Landing Her Iconic Orange Is The New Black Role, The Prison Industrial Complex, Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, Nursing, Single Motherhood, And More

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...


DJ Clark Kent and Talib Kweli talk about Jay-Z, Jaz, The Early Days Of Roc-Fella, And More

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.


Gangsta Boo Talks To Talib Kweli About Three 6 Mafia, Working With Run The Jewels, Missing Out On An Oscar, Dealing With Depression, And More.

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...


Master P Explains The No Limit Hustle, His Gritty Origin Story, Crossing Over From Hoops To Rap, Mia X, Romeo, No Limit Chronicles, And More

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,...


Goodie Mob Talks Dungeon Family, Outkast, ‘Soul Food’, New Music, & More

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.


Mackelmore and Talib Kweli talk recovery and sobriety, Trump & Bush, The Heist, “Jimmy Iovine,” and making indie music.

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...


Talib Kweli And Ja Rule Talk Queens Vs. Brooklyn Rap, Murder Inc., Irv Gotti, 50 Cent, Fyre Festival, And New Projects

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....


Talib Kweli And Sa-Roc Talk About Pan-Africanism, Self Harm, Artistic Integrity, Black Thought And More

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...