Interview by: Martin Bauman
If there were a picture next to the word "lyricist" in the dictionary, it would probably be of Talib Kweli
. The Brooklyn-raised emcee has long been known for his gift with the pen, one he's harnessed to paint a portrait of his surroundings ever since bursting onto the scene in 1998 with the classic Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
. Over the years, he's shone a light on everything from race and politics ("The Proud"
), to women's strength ("For Women"
), to the everyday struggle ("Get By"
), crafting some of hip-hop's most memorable songs in the process. On his latest work, Gravitas
, he turns his gaze inward, making for perhaps his most personal album yet. We caught up with Kweli to talk about Gravitas
, the importance of honesty in music, our responsibility to the world, and much more.
Read the full interview after the jump.