People's Party with Talib Kweli


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 May 4, 2020
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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.

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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 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. 
Apr 19, 2021
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 for all true lovers of the culture and one that’s sure to connect with all the true hip-hop heads. 
Apr 12, 2021
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 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. 
Apr 05, 2021
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. 
Mar 29, 2021
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 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. 
Mar 22, 2021
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 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. 
Mar 15, 2021
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.
Mar 08, 2021
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 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.  
Mar 01, 2021
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, 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. 
Feb 15, 2021
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. 
Feb 08, 2021
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 among young people.  If you love the Seattle-based MC, this episode is a must listen. It’s Macklemore at his rawest and realest. 
Feb 01, 2021
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. Gems are dropped left and right and Ja’s energy is absolutely infectious. 
Jan 25, 2021
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 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. 
Jan 18, 2021
Talib Kweli And Rico Nasty Talk DMV Hip-Hop, The Punk-Rap Crossover, Kenny Beats, And The Need For A “Happy Album”
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. 
Jan 11, 2021
Talib Kweli and Big Freedia Talk Homosexuality In Hip-Hop, The Beginnings Of Bounce, New Orleans After Katrina, And Working With Drake, Mannie Fresh, And Beyonce
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. 
Dec 21, 2020
Talib Kweli And Busta Rhymes Talk Q-Tip’s Mentorship, Dr. Dre, Flipmode, Classic Feature Verses, And New Album
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. 
Dec 14, 2020
Talib Kweli And Kurupt Talk Death Row History, Lyrical Reputation, 2Pac, Suge, Snoop, And Dogg Pound
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. 
Dec 07, 2020
Talib Kweli And Papoose Talk NY Hip-Hop, Mixtape Roots, DJ Kay Slay, Love & Hip Hop, And Remy Ma
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. 
Nov 30, 2020
Talib Kweli And Mannie Fresh Talk Cash Money, Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Big Freedia, And How Music Shapes New Orleans Culture
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. 
Nov 23, 2020
Inspectah Deck Talks Wu-Tang, ODB, Method Man, His “Triumph” Verse, And C.R.E.A.M.
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. 
Nov 16, 2020
DMX Shares His First-Ever Rap, Tells A Story Of Freestyling For Lyor Cohen, Connects His Hip-Hop Roots To His Drug Addiction, And Shares A Prayer
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. 
Nov 09, 2020
Talib Kweli and Diamond D Talk Kanye’s Early Approach To Samples, The Genius Of Fat Joe, And The Cultural Impact Of Big L
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. 
Nov 02, 2020
Narcy Talks Islam In Hip Hop, 'Hamdulillah', Malcolm X, Wu-Tang
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.
Oct 19, 2020
Melina Abdullah Talks Black Lives Matter, Defunding Police, And Voting
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.
Oct 12, 2020
Orlando Jones Talks 'American Gods' Firing, MADtv, 7UP, Activism
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'.
Oct 05, 2020
Capone Talks Noreaga, Biggie, Hot97 Shootout, Dogg Pound Beef
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'.
Sep 28, 2020
Royce da 5'9" Talks Eminem, Sobriety, Slaughterhouse, DJ Premier
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.
Sep 21, 2020
Hannibal Buress Talks Stand-up, Broad City, Landlord Drama, Cops
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.
Sep 14, 2020
Mo Amer Talks Comedy, Hip Hop, George Floyd, Police, Eric Trump
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.
Sep 07, 2020
Miguel Talks J. Cole & NoName, Marvin Gaye, Activism, Acting
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.
Aug 31, 2020
Cipha Sounds Talks Hot 97, Lil' Kim Shootout, Stand-Up Comedy
In this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to DJ, comedian and TV personality Cipha.
Aug 24, 2020
Monie Love Talks 'Monie In The Middle', Native Tongues, Jean Grae
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down British-born rapper, actress, radio personality, and fully-fledged member of the Native Tongues collective -- Monie Love. The conversation with Monie evolves into a wide-ranging discussion starting with her childhood, growing up in London, and being heavily influenced by her father's Jamaican heritage. She goes on to give her unique perspective on the current anti-immigration sentiments being spread by groups like ADOS, she tells the story of how she came to be part of the Native Tongues collective at the age of 16, and outlines that organic induction being based on "vibes". Monie also goes on to illustrate the importance of DJ Red Alert, him being the conduit for so many of the greats that are now house-hold names, including herself, and they explore the evolution of Chris Lightly, from security detail for Red Alert to Violator Records executive.
Aug 10, 2020
Wyclef Jean Talks Fugees, Lauryn Hill ,Pras, John Forte & Verzuz
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down Grammy Award-winning rapper, musician, producer, actor, and activist -- Wyclef Jean. This thorough interview covers his ambitious career that influenced and inspired so many with his signature success in pushing the multi-cultural boundaries within hip hop.
Aug 03, 2020
Tiffany Haddish Talks Comedy, Early Career Struggles, Hip-Hop
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actress, comedian, and author -- Tiffany Haddish. The thoughtful and hilarious conversation begins with talk about how both Tiffany and Talib met and became friends with Jasmin. Tiffany goes on to talk about being raised in South Central, she tells about her love of the movie "Roger Rabbit'' and reveals the line from the film that changed her life. She also reflects on her harsh upbringing with her mother suffering a serious brain injury due to a car accident that her stepfather caused. Tiffany talks about using comedy as a coping mechanism to get through hard times, explains how she's been helping push the industry to establish more positive black narratives in film, and speaks on her work in the documentary "Lost In America" bringing awareness to youth homelessness, a cause close to her heart, herself being homeless at one time. Tiffany is also asked how she commands such a strong presence in her performances, if she enjoys the competitive side of comedy, and what it was like working with Ice Cube and Mike Epps in "Janky Promoters".
Jul 27, 2020
Common Talks Kanye For President, Ice Cube, J Dilla, Activism
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor, author, activist, philanthropist, and winner of a Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and an Oscar -- Common Common and Kweli's many years of collaborating and touring together, as well as remaining close friends gave way for one incredible interview. Things get started with talk about their original collab together with the recording of Black Star's classic song and video "Respiration". They then go on to discuss Common's mother Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and her influence on him growing up as a teacher, as well as his father Lonnie "Pops" Lynn, who was famously featured on Common's "Resurrection" album. They also touch on the importance of HBCUs, and his hometown of Chicago being weaponized by politicians. Common gets to reflect on the making of one of the greatest concept records of all-time in "I Used To Love H.E.R.". He digs into all the things that compelled him to write that song, and the profound influence it had on the culture, which naturally leads into talk about his past beef with Ice Cube stemming from a perceived diss to the west coast within those lyrics. He details where he was when he heard the first shot from Cube, the point in time when he felt he had to fire back with his own diss track, and how they eventually reconciled with the help of Minister Farrakhan. Common and Talib go on to reflect on their shared experience of meeting with activist Assata Shakur in Cuba through the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, as well as discuss recording at the famous Electric Lady Studios and how special that place is.
Jul 20, 2020
Donnell Rawlings Talks 'Chappelle's Show' Sketches, Covid Comedy, & Charlie Murphy's Legacy
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor, and radio host -- Donnell 'I'm Rich Biaaaaatch!' Rawlings. The hilarity ensues from the jump as Donnell calls out Talib for disrespecting him during a recent comedy event they attended with Dave Chappelle. They go on to discuss Donnell's stand-up philosophy of challenging himself to the fullest with every performance, they dig into the elements that went into creating sketches on Chappelle Show like the all-time classic "Player Hater's Ball," he talks about some of his first appearances on TV with the "Ricki Lake Show," and sneaking onto People's Court every chance he could. Donnell also reflects on his early days doing stand-up in D.C. where he was born and raised, and what brought him to Brooklyn, New York where he would seek out gigs anywhere he could, until eventually landing a spot on Def Comedy Jam. He gives his thoughts on his stint in the military and then goes to expand on his "go hard or go home" hustler mentality that he's maintained over the years which he credits to his success.
Jul 13, 2020
Don Lemon Talks Ferguson, Trump, Police Brutality, And Bubba Wallace
In this special episode of ‘People’s Party with Talib Kweli,’ Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh invite CNN’s Don Lemon to the show. This shortened episode drops with a whole lot of subtext. Lemon and Kweli got into a heated argument in Ferguson, MO in 2014 -- when both men were in town because of the shooting of Mike Brown, with Kweli protesting in the streets and Lemon covering for CNN.Now, six years later, they’ve come back together on ‘People’s Party’, focused on unity and healing in the wake of further police violence. The conversation is illuminating, thoughtful, and full of insight on Trump, Bubba Wallace, black men supporting one another, the protest/ defund conversation, and Lemon’s own storied career.
Jul 09, 2020
Jessica Care Moore Talks Poetry, Detroit Hip-Hop, J-Dilla, Protests
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist, producer and close friend of Talib -- Jessica Care Moore. This interview spans the course of her long and illustrious career as not just a performer, but as someone that also helped spark the success of so many others. The discussion starts with her hometown of Detroit and how growing up in the 313 has impacted her approach to the arts. They go on to talk about her famed poem 'Black Statue Of Liberty,' which got her a 5-time win at the Apollo Theater, her push for diversity in the school curriculum, realizing the power of back ownership and then turning down big-label company's offers to establish her own company in Moore Black Press. Jessica also touches on her strong connection to the hip-hop community. They discuss Detroit's 'Hip-Hop Shop' it's legacy of historic freestyle battles, DJing, dancing, and poetry, and they talk about her friendships with J-Dilla and Proof.
Jul 06, 2020
Method Man Talks Wu-Tang, Redman, Biggie, Tupac, Marvel, And Trump
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor, producer, founding member of legendary super-group Wu-Tang Clan, and one of the most recognizable figures in hip-hop -- Method Man.
Jun 29, 2020
Michael Che Talks SNL, Kanye West, Wrestlemania, Top 5 Sketches
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and Saturday Night Live star Michael Che. The result is a hilarious, yet insightful conversation. Topics include Michael growing up in Manhattan's Lower East Side, the gentrification of Brooklyn, his father naming him after revolutionary Che Guevara, how Michael approaches politics in his comedy from a know-nothing perspective, and sticking to facts in comedy while maintaining artistic freedom. Che also goes into his time spent at LaGuardia High School, comedy not being on his radar until later, and he details his biggest takeaways and life-lessons learned there.
Jun 22, 2020
Rick Gonzalez Talks Arrow, Coach Carter, Spielberg, Singleton
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh talk to actor and musician Rick Gonzalez.
Jun 15, 2020
Eric Andre Talks Comedy, Pranks, Trolling RNC, Rawkus, & Hip-Hop
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician Eric Andre. The hilarious-yet-insightful discussion kicks off with Kweli recalling his own appearance on Eric's show where he was viciously tased with a cattle prod by Murs. They dive into great advice Eric got from Dave Chappelle, his biggest influences, crate-digging for records, and his close friendship with comedian Hannibal Burress. Later, the trio discusses the professionalism of Ice Cube, unhappy celebs over the chaos they were subjected to on 'The Eric Andre Show,' and someone brandishing a knife on Eric during the filming of 'Bad Trip.'
Jun 08, 2020
Reggie Hudlin Talks Black Excellence, Afrofuturism & Happy Rap
On this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh talk to director, writer and producer Reginald Hudlin.
Jun 01, 2020
Matthew Modine Talks Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things, Trump
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, filmmaker, and activist Matthew Modine. This wide-ranging interview begins with his early years, growing up in Utah, being the youngest of seven, living next to a drive-in theater that his father managed, then moving to San Diego where he attended high school while working at his parent's Mexican restaurant. He reflects on what compelled his move to New York at age 17, where he worked as a chef, went to acting school, and met his wife. Matthew also digs into eye opening moments in his life that changed his perspective on US history, and the realization of it's dark past, leading him to note his fears of us falling back towards those times with Trump's "manifest destiny". They also discuss Muhammad Ali's inspiring courage of speaking out during the Vietnam war, working with a young Nicholas Cage in the film 'Birdy', and Matthew's starring in the 80's film 'Vision Quest'. The actor also speaks on the United States and it's failure to fully acknowledge it's atrocities of black people and Native Americans, and breaks down how and when he came to understand the term white privilege.
May 25, 2020
John Salley Talks Playing Jordan, Rap Dreams, And Bad Boy Records
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with former NBA star, talk show host, actor, vegan activist, and all-around renaissance man John Salley. With a resume as long as John's, the crew has plenty to discuss. The conversion jumps off with Talib mentioning his first performance on TV being on BET Live -- with John as the host. They talk about basketball not being Salley's first career choice and his ambitions in the arts. He also details being the first to sign Slum Village and J-Dilla to a record deal, the current battle rap scene, and playing on the Detroit Pistons during their 'Bad Boys' years. Fan's of "The Last Dance" will be glad to see Salley dispute the fact that Michael Jordan hated the Pistons.
May 18, 2020
88-Keys Talk Beats, ATCQ, Young Kanye West, Ralph Lauren
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down Grammy-winning producer, rapper, and very close friend of Kweli -- 88-Keys. In this comprehensive discussion, we get to hear the timeline of how 88 carved out his niche in the game, becoming one of the most sought after hip-hop producers in the industry. The trio discusses 88's upbringing in the Bronx, New York, and move to Long Island, where he attended high school. The producer/rapper details the huge influence that the Native Tongues movement had on him with groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul deeply inspiring his love for hip-hop culture. He talks about how he met record dealer John Carrero, who gave him his first job cleaning records, and eventually became the ear to find all the best beats for sampling -- which John would then market at record shows to legends like Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and others. This would lead to 88 meeting Q-Tip who showed him how to work a beat machine. 88 also gets into the difference between looping and chopping when making beats, his production on Black Star's 'Thieves In The Night', his methods and motivations for sending his works out as demos, and the importance of trusting your ears.
May 11, 2020
Allen Maldonado Talk 'Black-ish,' Acting W/ Denzel & Marvel
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with the multi-talented actor, writer, and entrepreneur Allen Maldonado. During this all-encompassing interview, the trio discusses Allen's upbringing in Compton (CA) until he was 7, and his move to Rialto after a neighbor was killed. He tells the story of a marathon he competed in with no prior training -- including breaking his foot before crossing the finish line in last place. Allen reflects on his recent visit to Spain, and having an awakening there, returning home with a new perspective on balancing work and personal life. Later the conversation touches on Allen's love of short films, the influence producer Kenya Barris is having on American culture, and how 'Black-ish' has been so successful in tackling difficult social topics.
May 04, 2020
Jessy Terrero Talks 50 Cent, Soul Plane, Directing Music Videos
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with acclaimed director, writer, and producer -- Jessy Terrero. This wide-ranging discussion covers his path from being an extra in the movie 'Juice' to becoming one of the most sought after music video directors of the 2000's. They discuss his Dominican heritage and growing up in the Bronx and Queens, New York, as well as his start writing concepts for music videos before he got his chance to direct for acts like 50 Cent, G-Unit, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Daddy Yankee and countless others. They also discuss the criticism many of these videos received for the perceived objectification of women, and debate how much, if any responsibility of that falls on the director.
Apr 27, 2020
Everlast Talks House Of Pain, La Coka Nostra, Eminem Beef
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with singer, rapper, actor, and songwriter Everlast, aka Whitey Ford. This in-depth interview covers the full career arc of a man who has been able to reinvent himself time after time, the way few others in the music game have been able to pull off.
Apr 20, 2020
Gina Yashere Talks Bob Hearts Abishola, UK vs. US Racism
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with British Comedian, and actor Gina Yashere. The interview covers Gina's upbringing in London UK, to Nigerian parents, and her path to now emerging as one of the most well-known comedians worldwide. Gina, Kweli, and Jaz discuss what it was like to grow up a first generation Nigerian-Brit facing racism from every angle following her from youth through her later years as an elevator engineer. They speak on American's ignorance of world culture, the contrasts of US versus UK racism, Nigerian stereotypes, the 'Nollywood' Nigerian film industry, and Eddie Murphy's 'RAW' is also brought up for a debate on if we can still laugh at comedy considered taboo by today's standards.
Apr 13, 2020
Chuck D Talks Public Enemy, Flav's 'Firing', Tupac, Trump
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, author, producer, and one of the most influential, and respected figures around the world. We're not just talking hip-hop, but ALL of popular culture. The leader of the iconic group Public Enemy -- "Mista" Chuck D. Over the course of two hours, we get an insightful and exclusive discussion highlighting the life and career of a man who helped shape the course of music history. Public Enemy and their pull-no-punches approach to attacking politics and addressing social injustices was the beginning of a true movement in every sense of the word. With Chuck "trending like a chicken sandwich" after his fallout with Flavor Flav, he, Kweli, and Jasmine discuss the rapper's early childhood, coming up in the middle of the civil rights era, PE following Run DMC's footsteps to success in the industry, Chuck designing the PE logo, Yo! MTV Raps co-host Andre "Doctor Dre" Brown's huge contribution to hip-hop, and PE's signature sound. Chuck also speaks to the current generation, giving advice on use of their smartphones.
Apr 06, 2020
D Smoke Talks Rhythm + Flow, Snoop Dogg And Black Habits
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, and former high school teacher -- D Smoke. This extensive interview covers Smoke's youth, growing up Inglewood, California in a musical family with his mother Jackie singing for greats like Anita Baker, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson, and her teaching him to play piano, starting at age 6. The trio discusses the early days of WoodWorks Records, Smoke and his brother having their own corner store selling CDs and merchandise to promote their movement, and ghostwriting for Genuine, The Pussycat Dolls, and others.
Mar 30, 2020
Jadakiss Talks The Lox, Biggie's Legacy, Bad Boy & 50 Cent Beef
In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, writer and true curator of the culture -- Jadakiss. This comprehensive discussion kicks off with talk of Jada and Talib's shared birth year of '75, and their witnessing of hop-hop's biggest points of evolution at the perfect age, both having grown up in its epicenter of New York City. They also discuss Talib's appreciation of the Lox for showing him love at the beginning of his career, while he struggled for mainstream success. They reflect on Jada's growing up in Yonkers, and the emcees that inspired him most during those early years. The trio also explores what went into the makings of some of the classic recordings Jadakiss was involved with like "All About The Benjamins", "24 Hours To Live", "We'll Always Love Big Poppa", as well as albums such as "The Last Kiss", "Kiss Tha Game Goodbye", "Top 5 Dead or Alive", "Freddy vs. Jason", and his latest project "Ignatius" -- dedicated to his close friend and business partner Ice Pick Jay, who recently passed. Jada describes the challenges he had while recording that album, at times fighting back tears.
Mar 23, 2020
JPEGMAFIA Talks Punk/Hip-Hop Connection, Kanye's Politics, Ice Cube
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer and record producer JPEGMAFIA. As one of the most brazen, uncompromising, and unpredictable figures in hip hop today, in this interview JPEGMAFIA keeps it 💯, true to form. The wide-ranging conversation includes his early years growing up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and his move to Alabama at age 13, where he experienced prevalent racism. They also tackle gentrification, Ice Cube's profound influence on both his and Talib's unflinching approach to racism, the punk/hip hop connection, artist's empowerment to control their public image once they've paid dues, and JPEG gives his take on Kanye's support of Trump.
Mar 16, 2020
MC Eiht Talks Gang Life, Tupac, Menace II Society, DJ Quik Beef
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor and West Coast legend MC Eiht. Being a veteran and pioneer of the Gangsta Rap genre, as well as someone that was fully immersed in the lifestyle that he portrays on wax, Eiht has a deeply authentic story to tell. To kick things off, the trip discusses how Eiht got turned onto gang life at such a young age, the sensationalizing of gang-banging, and how the sets have evolved since he was active. Eiht also digs into his famous long-standing beef with DJ Quik, and how they finally reconciled.
Mar 09, 2020
Rapsody Talks MC Lyte And Lauryn Hill Inspiration, Being Pro Black, Mac Miller
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper and writer Rapsody.
Mar 02, 2020
Affion Crockett Talks Wild 'N Out, Def Comedy Jam, And Battling Kanye West
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to actor, writer, rapper and comedian Affion Crockett.
Feb 24, 2020
John Forte Talks Fugees, DMX Cypher, Liquid Cocaine Arrest & Jail Time
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and one of Talib's closest friends -- John Forte. John's life story is one of extreme highs, lows, and redemption. The show kicks off with talk of his early years growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn with an adventurous spirit, always being on the move. They explore his unique sense of style, things that drew him to the 5% Nation, and landing his first job in the industry, not as an emcee, but as head of A&R for Rawkus Records.
Feb 17, 2020
Michael Rapaport Talks Growing Up Hip-Hop, Ashy Ankles Controversy & Using The N-Word
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, writer, sports reporter, podcast host, "international hero", hip-hop aficionado, and longtime friend of Talib -- Michael Rapaport. Get ready for a wild one here, with an interview as up-front, honest, and hilarious as any we've seen on People's Party. It kicks off with Mike growing up in New York during the 1980's, where for him "it was all about basketball, hip-hop, and talkin' shit", then moving to LA to do stand-up comedy, which evolved into an acting career, starring in movies like "Zebrahead" and "Higher Learning".
Feb 10, 2020
Ice Cube Talks N.W.A., East vs. West, Squashing Beefs, 'Friday,' BIG3
On the 33rd episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, actor, producer, director, writer, sports league founder, and all-around legend among legends: Ice Cube. The conversation covers a multitude of subjects and starts at the beginning -- with the story of Cube growing up with aspirations of playing pro-football before transitioning into one of the most respected, prolific lyricists of all-time. The trio discusses the origins of Ice Cube classics like "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and "It Was A Good Day," the booming growth of the BIG3 basketball league, and emcees who had the most impact on the development of Cube's pen-game.
Feb 03, 2020
Planet Asia Talks Wu Tang Influence, Cali Agents, Hieroglyphics & Alchemy
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with longtime friend, collaborator, and legendary West Coast lyricist -- Planet Asia. Throughout the interview, we get profound insight into numerous topics including PA's upbringing in Fresno, CA, linking up with Rasco to form their group Cali Agents, his desire to leave a legacy as an emcee staying true to form throughout his career, and carving out his niche in the game as a West Coast lyricist cut from the same cloth as East Coast acts like The Wu-Tang Clan. Yep, the deep hip-hop heads are gonna eat this up.
Jan 27, 2020
Yvette Nicole Brown Talks Donald Glover, Comic-Con, & Traps Of Fame
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actress and writer Yvette Nicole Brown. They discuss her early dream of becoming a singer, which evolved into an acting career. Later, she talks about writing the movie "Always A Bridesmaid," and valuable lessons she learned from Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino on the set of the hit show "Community." Later, the trio discusses the idea of fame being a vapor and a trap that compromises the integrity of so many in the industry.
Jan 20, 2020
Zaytoven Talks Gucci Mane, Migos, And Church's Influence On Trap Music
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with Grammy Award-winning record producer and pioneer of the "Trap Music" sound — Zaytoven. This in-depth interview gives us great insight on how Zay became one of the biggest names in the industry, starting with his beginnings living in the Bay during the 90's perfecting his craft under legends like JT The Bigga Figga and E-40, then moving to Atlanta to produce and help shape the careers of so many Trap Music icons, including Lecrae, Gucci Mane, Migos, and countless others. As the interview progresses, Zaytoven opens up about the church's influence on his music, and how he balances his deep-rooted faith, while operating in the Trap world.
Jan 13, 2020
Anthony Anderson Talks Black-ish, Compton, Scorsese & Prince
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, actor, writer, and game show host Anthony Anderson. There result is a lively and entertaining start to 2020. The topics are wide-ranging -- spanning Anderson's journey from Compton to Hollywood, his rough start as a standup comic, and his huge breaks (first being cast in the film "Life", alongside Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Bernie Mack, then, only a year later, landing "Me, Myself & Irene" with Jim Carey).
Jan 06, 2020
Supernatural Talks Freestyle, Rap Battles & New York Hip-Hop History
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with the man, the myth, the legend MC Supernatural. Over the next hour and twenty minutes we get a deeply candid and rare discussion with one of the greatest freestylist of all-time. The conversation covers many topics that include early life growing up in Marion, Indiana and his move to Brooklyn, where he met Talib freestyling in Washington Square Park. They reminisce on the days before fame soaking up culture together in the streets of 90's Brooklyn. Nat also details everything that led up to those infamous battle rap sessions with Craig G and Juice that changed the freestyle game forever.
Dec 30, 2019
Roy Choi Talks Kogi, LA Riots, Anthony Bourdain, And Addiction
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh sit down with revolutionary chef, author, activist, TV host, and former b-boy Roy Choi. The conversation that follows spans a wide range of subjects -- from the launch of Choi's famous Kogi Truck to his role in Netflix's "The Chef Show." From the outset, it's clear that no subject is off-limits and Choi doesn't hold his tongue, discussing food deserts, offering his impressions of the LA riots, and opening up about his personal struggles with addiction. Choi also talks about the hip-hop/food connection, kicks a few food-inspired lyrics, and trades Bourdain stories with Kweli. The trio hits on some big ideas throughout the episode -- liked the notion of subverting capitalism in order to create a more equitable society. The entire hour is deeply insightful and unflinchingly honest while still being funny and fast-paced.
Dec 23, 2019
Michelle Wolf Talks Cancel Culture, Roasting Trump, And Comedy Cellar
In this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with comedian, writer, and producer Michelle Wolf. The conversation is an all-encompassing trip through the intersection of comedy, social justice, and politics. The trio discusses Wolf's fast-tracked comedy career after she left a secure Wall Street job, her notorious White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, and her thoughts on restorative justice. She also talks about performing at the iconic venue The Comedy Cellar alongside greats like Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld, and her work writing for Seth Myers and Trevor Noah.
Dec 16, 2019
The Game Talks Gang Life, 50 Cent, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hussle & LeBron
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, entrepreneur, and very-honest-motherf*cker, The Game. Right away the trio dives into the deep end, with a wide-ranging conversation on gang culture, rap beefs, Nipsey Hussle's legacy, and a possible G-Unit reunion. Later in the episode, Kweli and The Game talk about their mixtape collaborations, rap reality vs. street life reality, and #BlackLivesMatter. Throughout the interview, The Game is the same man you hear on the track: unflinchingly honest and fearlessly raw. No topic is off-limits and stories are told in vivid detail. As one observer at the live taping said, "Damn, listening to him is like a John Woo movie!"
Dec 09, 2019
Don Cheadle Talks Kendrick, Miles Davis, Marvel, And Boogie Nights
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with legendary actor, director, producer, writer, and Avenger Don Cheadle. The conversation covers a wide swath of his career -- as the trio discusses the backstories of what led Cheadle to take the iconic roles he became known for over the years. "Colors," "Boogie Nights," "Devil In A Blue Dress," "Iron Man," "Out Of Sight," and "Hotel Rwanda" all come up in this wide-ranging discussion. Cheadle also speaks on his contact with Kendrick Lamar, asking him to star in his self-produced and directed biopic 'Miles Ahead', and we get to hear about some of the hilarious reactions he received from Brits about the Cockney accent he used while playing Basher in the Ocean's movies.
Dec 02, 2019
Phillip Agnew Talks Bernie Sanders, HBCUs, Spike Lee & Reparations
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with activist, community organizer, National Surrogate for Bernie Sanders, and co-founder of The Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew. Over the course of the next hour and change, the trio dives deep into the importance of HBCUs to the black community, the case for electing Bernie Sanders, and the issues of reparations and identity politics. The conversation is full of big ideas tempered by plenty of laughter.
Nov 25, 2019
Lil' Kim Talks Bars, Biggie, Trump, Diddy, Feminism, & Marmalade
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper, songwriter, and icon Lil Kim. We get insight into a number of topics -- including her latest album "9," a college course created at SU dedicated to her lyrics, her first interactions with Biggie, her biggest influences in hip-hop as well as fashion, and what it is about Brooklyn that made it such pinnacle of hip hop through the years. Later she gives her feelings about being titled a feminist icon, what it was like being in the targets of C. Delores Tucker during her crusade against rap music, her experiences with Trump on his show "The Apprentice," and speaks on her own show "Girls Cruise" now airing on VH1. 
Nov 18, 2019
El-P On Run The Jewels 4, Killer Mike, Company Flow, Rawkus, Def Jux
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and a true icon of the underground, El-P. They dig into a variety of subjects, including the deconstruction of El-P's signature noisy production style, how Run The Jewels with Killer Mike came into existence, Zack De La Rocha living at his house after the Rage Against Machine breakup, as well as what led to the breakup of his own group Company Flow around the same time. Later Talib and El-P trade their stories on how they got signed to Rawkus Records, being the mecca of the underground scene in the late 90's. El-P also opens up about his song "Last Good Sleep," which outlines his own experiences dealing with domestic violence as a child. His record label Def Jux is also discussed, as well as what we can expect for his up and coming album "Run The Jewels 4" with Killer Mike. The whole interview is filled with moments that are insightful, introspective, and often hilarious. 
Nov 11, 2019
Melanie Fiona Talks Drake, Toronto Hip-Hop Scene & Major Label Deals
On this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh talk to Canadian singer and songwriter Melanie Fiona. They get the low down on Drake, the Toronto hip-hop scene and major label deals
Nov 04, 2019
Neal Brennan Talks Chappelle's Show, SNL, & Comedy In Political News
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with critically acclaimed comedian, writer, producer, and director Neal Brennan. They discuss his Netflix special "3 Mics", writing for SNL, as well as his work on the Chappelle Show where him and Dave both wrote and produced virtually every sketch themselves. They talk about his relationship with Dave and the aftermath of the show's abrupt ending and fallout. They also go on to speak on a multitude of topics, including white friends asking Neal how to make black friends, sharing stories about their first meetings with Dave Chappelle, Neal's cameo in Half Baked becoming a meme, Ellen's selfie with George W., as well as political news comedians like John Oliver, Trevor Noah and their impact during the Trump era.
Oct 28, 2019
Too $hort Talks #MeToo Vs. Pimpin', 2Pac, Biggie, And How Dope Money Financed Rap
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Bay Area Rap Legend Too $hort. The trio touch on a range of topics including the evolution of the Bay Area hip hop sound, his multiple retirements, the huge success he found working with artists outside his genre like Lil' Jon and Biggie, and his trademark persona as a pimp rapper and why that seems to translate to such a wide audience.
Oct 21, 2019
Robert Glasper Talks Kendrick Lamar, Hip-Hop Collabs, And Lauryn Hill
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz/R&B/hip-hop pianist, performer, and producer Robert Glasper. The conversation is wide-ranging -- the trio discusses his early days playing a broken organ at his local church, his time in the Brooklyn scene working with artists like Bilal, Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, and Kweli, and his later collabs with Lupe Fiasco, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Slum Village, Kendrick Lamar, Anita Baker and countless other industry legends.
Oct 14, 2019
Crooked I Talks Tupac, Slaughterhouse, And Writing Wu-Tang Lyrics For Hulu
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Rapper and Podcaster Crooked I. They discuss his interview show Crook's Corner, his involvement working on the Hulu Bioepic "Wu-Tang: An American Saga", his first time meeting 2Pac, as well as Long Beach gang rivalries and the need for black and brown unity through hip hop. Crook also speaks on working with Death Row and Suge Knight, then later moving to Shady Aftermath, touring with Slaughterhouse, his struggles with alcoholism and reaching sobriety. The trio also speak on the mainstream promoting negative stereotypes and the need to take back the culture from those that are pushing those agendas.
Oct 07, 2019
Van Lathan Discusses TMZ, Kanye West, Self-Improvement & Gun Activism
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jamsin Leigh sit down with TMZ personality and podcaster, Van Lathan. They discuss how Van operates within TMZ, his famous Kanye West encounter, his weight loss journey, their past disagreements over gun activism, and how he disagrees with white people versus how he disagrees with black people.
Sep 30, 2019
Uproxx Presents The Masters With Eli Morgan Gesner
The Masters is an interview show where UPROXX Style Editor and co-founder of Phat Farm and Zoo York, Eli Morgan Gesner, sits down with pioneers and craftsman in style, music, skateboarding, and culture to discuss how they became who they are and the inspiration behind their work. You can listen at
Sep 25, 2019
IDK Talks Kanye, Denzel Curry And How Prison Influenced His Music
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jamsin Leigh sit down with rapper, singer, and producer IDK. They discuss how he found his voice as an artist while incarcerated at age 17, his first time meeting Kanye West, and Kanye's confounding relationship with Donald Trump. Later, the conversation expands to IDK's close friendship with Denzel Curry, his wide-ranging influences as an MC, and his personal take on religion. Kweli, Jasmin, and IDK also dig into the stories behind some of the most attention-grabbing and thoughtful tracks off of "Is He Real?" -- from "Porno" to "Julia...". This interview reveals a rapper on the rise and a man who isn't afraid to be open or honest with his fans -- both in the booth and on People's Party. The insight that comes with that fearlessness makes the episode essential viewing.
Sep 23, 2019
Murs Talks White MCs, Gangs, And Lack Of Support For ‘Conscious Rap’
On this episode of the People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with rapper Murs to discuss the current state of hip-hop, the lack of support for "conscious rap," whether gangs should incorporate, and the influence of white emcees like El-P.
Sep 16, 2019
Patrisse Cullors On Black Lives Matter, Jay-Z & NFL, Prison Reform
On this special episode of the People's Party Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with friend and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Patrisse Cullors. They discuss her experience growing up in LA during the war on drugs campaign. She tells the story of how BLM got started, and later explains the guiding principles of the cause. Other topics include corruption inside LA's Sheriff's department, LGBT social movements, the making of Talib's album "Prisoner Of Conscious", how the FBI labeled them a terrorist organization, Jay-Z's recent deal he made with the NFL, reparations, and the serious problems within the US prison system.
Sep 09, 2019
Godfrey Talks Rappers vs. Comics, Studying Bernie Mac, Snoop Dogg
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh chop it up with comedian, actor, and personal friend Godfrey. They discuss the similarities of what it is to be a rapper versus a comedian. Godfrey talks about valuable lessons learned from Jerry Seinfeld and studying under Bernie Mac when he was getting started in Chicago. They go into Instagram comics possibly being the mumble rappers of comedy, and we get to hear some of his favorite impressions.
Sep 02, 2019
Ras Kass Talks Nature Of A Threat, Dr. Dre And Jail Time
On this episode of People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh converse with long time friend and collaborator Ras Kass. They discuss his legacy as a lyrical heavyweight on the west coast. He reflects on how he feels about his song "Nature Of A Threat" almost 25 years later and more.
Aug 26, 2019
Dax Shepard Talks Capitalism, Ice Cube, White Privilege And Sobriety
On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, comedian, performer, writer, and podcaster, Dax Shepard. They discuss Ice Cube, politics, white privilege, addiction, family, and more.
Aug 19, 2019
Evidence Talks Dilated Peoples Origin, Kanye And His Eminem 'Beef'
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Talib’s longtime friend and collaborator, Evidence. They discuss how his upbringing in Venice Beach and living next door to Quincy Jones’ son helped shape his love for hip-hop music and culture. They also talk about how he got his name from rapper and collaborator Everlast, showing LL Cool J one of his first songs, producing for Kanye West first debut album “College Dropout”, and the story behind his past “beef” with Eminem.
Aug 12, 2019
Estelle Talks Female Emcees, Kanye, And UK Hip-Hop
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress Estelle. In this wide-ranging interview, the UK star skewers Jermaine Dupri’s comments about women in hip-hop, opens up about launching her career by approaching Kanye West at a restaurant, and shares her creative process. 
Aug 05, 2019
Perry Farrell Talks Ice-T’s Legacy, Lollapalooza & Protest Songs
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman -- and Lollapalooza founder -- Perry Farrell. The conversation goes from Perry playing Lollapalooza with Ice-T and favorite protest songs all the way to... a discussion of other dimensions.
Jul 29, 2019
T.I. Talks Early Albums And ASAP Rocky
Talib Kweli sits down with hip-hop legend and T.I. to discuss his trap past, early albums, Trap Music, his upcoming Flint water movie, ASAP Rocky detained and in jail in Sweden, Jay Z, being "King of the South," and potentially running for mayor of Atlanta.
Jul 22, 2019
Angela Rye On Hip-Hop Vs. Pop Rap And The 2016 Election
Talib Kweli sits down with political activist Angela Rye to discuss hip-hop’s influence on culture, their approaches to Twitter trolls, the impact of the 2016 election, and the need for people to better understand where they get their information.
Jul 08, 2019
B-Real on Cypress Hill and Early Gang Life
Talib Kweli sits down with legendary hip-hop artist B Real to discuss Cypress Hill, Prophets of Rage, gang life, and marijuana and cannabis activism.
Jul 01, 2019
Jemele Hill On LeBron, Donald Trump and Athlete Rappers
Talib Kweli sits down with sports journalist and former ESPN host Jemele Hill to discuss her role with LeBron James’ “Shut Up And Dribble” documentary, Shaq and Kobe’s rap careers, and Donald Trump’s white supremacy agenda.
Jun 24, 2019
Lamar Odom Talks Addiction And His Biggest Regret
On the second episode of People's Party, Kweli sits down with former NBA star and celebrity public figure Lamar Odom. They discuss being famous vs infamous, not taking advice from Jay Z, living in the spotlight, addiction, and Lamar's relationship with Kanye West as well as the Kardashians.
Jun 16, 2019
Bun B On His Biggest Influences Growing Up
On the world premier of People's Party, Kweli sits down with Texas rap icon Bun B. They reflect on his biggest influences growing up in Port Arthur, the evolution of UGK, his lyrical style, as well as his and Pimp C's breakthrough getting on the Menace II Society soundtrack. We hear his story of hotboxing with Biggie Smalls, and how it felt like he was smoking out with the Godfather. He also gives detailed insight about the home invasion he and his wife experienced recently.
Jun 09, 2019