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im surprised it took someone this long to come up with a talk show/podcast like PEOPLE'S PARTY that used the insights and talents of a renowned and respected voice like TALIB KWELI to shine a light on issues important to his community and the intersection of black culture within music, politics and sports. seems this is long overdue because whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, we all are living in a world influenced and continually reinventing (remixing?) itself in the mold of HIP HOP.
KWELI is especially adept as an interviewer and proves himself an engaged student of his guests, which i find entirely refreshing. its not so much about gleaning out information, but rather understanding the context and perspective from which they emanate. with regards to HIP HOP there seems to be a prevailing notion that OLD HEADS (of which KWELI is a member) aren't interested in the current state of the form, instead relying on "back in my day" bullshit arguments. the interviews i've seen with such past luminaries as CHUCK D, ICE CUBE, BUN B, RZA and B REAL (embedded below) among others showcase a class of MCs fully engaged in the now, keenly aware of the shifts in the culture and are still actively engaged in nurturing new talent and promoting the continuation of the genre. its a wonderful thing and a show like this breaks the narrative of what passes as cultural commentary on the genre from white music magazines and blogs or national media which only focuses on sensationalism or tragedy.
in the age of TRUMP, im also glad that KWELI and his guests get political. seems off-brand these days to be politically controversial for rappers. gross consumerism and thoughtless sexism is encouraged, but criticizing our moron in chief isn't high on the agenda as it may split your white audience. at a time that we need the youth engaged in politics (black, white, whatever), it is nice to see someone using their pulpit to relay a message of hope that as a community we can defeat this assface clown.
definitely check out his UPROXX-produced podcast on YouTube and whatever streaming platform you use to access your audio podcasts.