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Producer, DJ, and member of Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark sits down with Talib and Jasmin to discuss the origins of Jurassic 5, sharing stories behind the group’s most popular songs and albums.   Nu-Mark also talks about the finer aspects of DJing, like how to read a crowd, and the art of crate digging. Nu-Mark also describes how he innovates on the stage.   Fans of good vibes—and how to curate them—will find a lot of sage advice in this conversation with an absolute legend of the art of DJing.
Comedian Aida Rodriguez sits with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh to discuss her place in comedy, as well as the big issues that she mines for her material. The conversation is wide-ranging, but Aida’s own tremendous insight is a throughline. She opens up about her success on Last Comic Standing, mentorship in Hollywood, the Puerto Rican diaspora, and so much more.
Ty Dolla $ign is in the place to be, chatting with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh. The conversation traces Ty’s incredible career from his upbringing to signing with Taylor Gang to making monster hits with some of the biggest names in music – from Ye to Rihanna to Post Malone.  If you’re a music fan and want to truly understand one of the biggest voices helping to bridge two eras in American hip-hop, you’ll want to hear this deeply illuminating interview with Ty Dolla $ign!
Radio Rahim sits down with Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh to talk all things boxing, including how Rahim pivoted his travel and boxing show, during the pandemic, to the Luminary Original podcast, "Til This Day," and how he’s managed to become one of the most effective boxing commentators in the sport, despite not being an ex-fighter, nor being, as Kweli puts it, “an old white man.”  Radio Rahim also talks about the massive importance of Mike Tyson, and what it was like spending time with Pacquiao right at the height of his career. Radio also shares his list top five boxers of all time.
Comedian Ron Funches talks with Talib and Jasmin about the origins of his joyful and unique style of comedy, and how his love of cannabis has influenced what he does creatively.   The writer, actor, and comedian also discusses finding strength in his son’s experience with autism, and speaks on his own extraordinary weight-loss journey, and his passion for wrestling. Plus: finding new avenues of expression via the Twitch platform and voice acting (BoJack Horseman, Trolls, Hoops, and more).
Hip-hop legend and icon Yasiin Bey joins Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh for a second time to talk about the process behind “No Fear Of Time,” including the decision to drop it as a Luminary exclusive, and where the group is going next. In the this interview, Bey also touches on his deep love of fashion and his friendship with the late Virgil Abloh. This episode isn’t solely for fans of Black Star and the artistry of Kweli and Bey. Followers of underground hip-hop, comedy, and fashion will discover some previously unknown gems, too.  More Info Listen to the "No Fear of Time" album within "The Midnight Miracle" podcast feed on Apple Podcasts, or on Luminary: https://luminarypodcasts.com/black-star
This week Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh are joined by poet, writer, and activist Aja Monet.   The trio talk about some of Monet’s seminal works, exploring her patterns of language and the deeper meaning of some of her most well-known poems. They also discuss the poet’s role in modern society.   Monet breaks down her complicated and complex relationship to hip-hop, and speaks to the power and vitalness of language and of the written word. Plus, she talks about what’s next in her career. This episode is for lovers of language, whether you’re a fan of the written, rapped, or spoken word.
This week Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh are joined by Just Blaze–architect of classics from the ‘90s, aughts, and into today–for a deep dive into his storied career.   Kicking it off with a discussion of how producing and computer coding go hand-in-hand, Just and Kweli go into the history behind his alias “Megatron Don” as well as Just’s love of sneakers–and how that led him to his new Uproxx show “Fresh Pair.”   Kweli and Just also delve into the history behind the Just Blaze tag, and the importance of branding yourself as a producer. They also discuss his work with rap legends Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel, among others.   The episode rounds out with a discussion of the production behind Rihanna and TI’s “Live Your Life” and the recording of “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C” with Jay Electronica.
In this important episode of The People's Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with hip-hop legend DJ Quik for a much-anticipated career retrospective.   Quik breaks down the West Coast sound, and how he learned the importance of pushing himself while working with Teddy Riley. He describes growing up in Compton, and the fact that his focus on music allowed him to avoid gang life as a youngster. Quik also goes deep on his collaborations—giving flowers to and speaking on the importance of the late Eazy-E and Tupac. Plus, he recounts some of his work with Suga Free, Raphael Saadiq, and of course Talib Kweli.   This episode is truly legendary, and will take you places you wouldn’t expect. Talib, Jasmin, and Quik will have you locked in. Enjoy!
Poet and civil rights activist Sonia Sanchez joins Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh for a deep exploration of her poetry, the importance of spoken word, and her relationship with hip-hop music.   But this interview is more than a study on the power of words. Sanchez also dips into colorism, shares how she turned her personal struggles into triumphant pieces of art, and touches on the contentious relationship between art and the media.   Whether you’re moved by words or actions, Sanchez is an interview that will deepen your thinking on the power of both in this must-listen interview. It also offers tremendous context for those who want to understand more about the era of conscious hip-hop.
Comedian and actor Russell Peters joins Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh for an in-depth discussion on his storied career as a stand-up.   Peters also breaks down the art, beauty, and ethos of roast culture, what it was like to launch the first Netflix comedy special, opening the door for many comics to follow, and how his brand of comedy continues to evolve.   Kweli, Leigh, and Peters shared love and knowledge of both comedy and hip hop make this a must-listen for fans of a clever turn of phrase and a good rhythm.
Legendary hip-hop producer and rapper Lord Finesse talks about the formula that lead to “Funky Technician,” what it was like working with Dr. Dre on “The Message,” and takes us behind the scenes of his groundbreaking album “The Awakening.” Whether you grew up during hip-hop's golden era or simply have a deep appreciation for the greats, this interview is a must-listen. Talib and Jasmin's interview is full of hidden gems from one of hip-hop's greatest living producers.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with hip-hop icon Ali Shaheed Muhammed, who shares stories of putting together Tribe’s most iconic works, as well as the formation of The Ummah production collective and R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl.   The DJ and producer also shares his tricks for pulling out warmth in samples, how he met J Dilla, putting together the score of Luke Cage, and his deep love of jazz. If you’re a fan of hip-hop history and the art of production in equal measures, this episode is a must-listen.
Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with RioLoz, Eric Jamal, and Ras and Taj Austin of Coast Contra to talk about the origins of their iconic table rap videos and why those performances seem to connect with so many legendary MCs. The group also shares stories about their respective upbringings, their debut album “Apt 505,” the Black love featured in their lyrics, and where they plan to take their careers next.   If you’re down for a new rap group filtered through an old-school, lyrics-driven lens, this is the episode for you.
Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Karen Bass joins Talib Kweli for a deep discussion about race and politics, as well as how Bass’ upbringing, social work, and experiences play into her politics.   Aside from the concerns of Los Angeles, and her plans for the city if she were to become mayor, Kweli and Bass also discuss the George Floyd Policing Act, her relationship with BLM and the importance of the rap endorsement.
It’s Redman. Funk Dr. Spock. DJ Kut-Killa. Reggie Noble.   This interview goes deep and – better still – heads in unique and fun directions that most Redman interviews don’t. If you love hip-hop culture, you want to listen to Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh interview Reggie. Trust that.
In this expansive conversation with B-Real, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo, the Futuristic Funk pioneers share stories from the sessions that launched their most celebrated albums, the streets they grew up on, and the legacy of hits like “Insane in the Brain.”   Because this is a Cypress Hill interview, you can also expect a lot of deep discussions on cannabis, and how the group turned their weed anthems into pieces of activist art.   If West Coast hip-hop from the ‘90s is your golden age, this interview is a must-listen.
Leon Mobley has lived an absolutely fascinating life. From performing with Duke Ellington as a child, to being mentored by Babatunde Olatunji, to recording with Stevie Wonder, to collaborations with Nas, the longtime percussionist with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals is a legend among drummers. The story for Mobley starts early, at the Elma Lewis School of Fine art and continues with a role in Raisin (the musical based on A Raisin In The Sun) on Broadway. From there, he embarked on a fascinating ride that saw him share a stage with everyone from Michael Jackson to the Marley family. His collaboration list is unimpeachable and his energy is always turned to 11. If you have an interest in drumming, and the traditional African rhythms that informs so much of our music today, this is the episode for you!
Talib Kweli is joined by trilingual MC, songwriter, rapper, and Javotti Media signee Niko Is who talks about growing up in Orlando, and takes us behind the scenes of the Florida hip-hop scene. The Chillest Rapper In Showbiz also breaks down the process of tightening up his bars by rapping in the streets of LA, and talks about the importance of travel on artistry, as well as the massive influence Tupac has had on him.   Later in the episode, Niko Is and Kweli discuss some of the rappers' greatest collaborations, including their recent "Live From The Blue Note." If you like bars that make you laugh as much as they make you think, you’re not going to want to skip this interview. 3hwM0Vr1h95PrYFN7z2t
Talib Kweli is joined by legendary songwriter, producer, rapper, and one of the founders of Death Row Records, The D.O.C.   In the episode, D.O.C. takes us behind the scenes of his solo albums, including “No One Can Do It Better,” and talks about the early days with the Fila Fresh Crew.   He also shares some stories about the “Straight Outta Compton” sessions and how Snoop helped him recover his voice. If you have a deep love and respect for ‘90s G-Funk, and all things Dre, this is a must-listen.
Comments (20)

jermaine stephens

great discussion. wish there was more about this blk men vs blk women & the bottom of the totem theory. don't understand why sisters are seen as at the bottom when brothers are behind in college degrees, stem, and corporate acceptance & are incarceratedat the highest rate relativelyspeaking...

Jun 28th
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mikeyG

we went to Boblo Island for our 7th grade trip!!,,that shit was 🔥to Ghetto kids!!!!

Jun 25th
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mikeyG

when you gonna get RUN or RAKIM ???

Jun 24th
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James Jr

oh man! oh man oh man! y'all are the best! Thanks so much to Yasin for blessing us wit his presence!

Jun 14th
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thayden

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
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Miltz

BEAUUUUTIFUL CONVERSATION!!!

Nov 9th
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dr.mobina safaee

😂😂😂😂😂😂 so good.....its coolllllll😂

Nov 6th
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Chris Akers

ecleftic was a great album.

Aug 3rd
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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
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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
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mikeyG

John's Poly Sci Album was an is still Dope AF!!

Mar 3rd
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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
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Patch

audio quality is dodgey AF. shame as the content is good..

Feb 10th
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mrmaheia@att.net

Definitely down with Planet Asia. Love the conversation. Dropping knowledge. Keep it coming Talib. Peace God !

Jan 27th
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Namon Anderson

Great Interview. Forward 'ever, backwards never.

Jan 5th
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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
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Madeinspace

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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