Talib Kweli revealed the new release date for his LP as well as some exciting features, and talked about shedding his "backpack rapper" image, and possibility of a new Black Star project.
Rejoining Yaasin Bey (Mos Def) on stage for a couple performances and then hinting at a Black Star reunion album, Talib Kweli turned some heads in 2012.Â He also dropped his Attack The Block mixtape, and geared up for his next solo LP, which was ultimately pushed back to 2013.Â Now the New York spitta says he has a new release date for his next album.Â He also talks about the frustration of being the âposter boy for underground rapâ, and talks on the status of reuniting for more Black Star records.
Originally slated to drop November 15th, Kweliâs Prisoner Of ConsciousÂ will drop April 23rd, and will feature Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and Nelly, to name a few, and he hopes to break-free of his âconsciousâ rapper title, and just be viewed as a musician.Â "With me it's like, 'Oh, he's a great lyricist,' but they don't focus on the music. I think it's because of how I've been sold and how I've been marketed as some sort of poster boy for underground rap,â the Brooklyn emcee said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
As far as a new album with Yaasin Bey, it seems that reports early this year were premature and the two are open to working together, and plan to in the future, but it is a matter of timing, especially with Beyâs acting schedule, "I would love to get back into it whenever he's ready."
[Update: Album Pushed Back Again]
Talib took toÂ Twitter todayÂ to announceÂ a new release date for Prisoner of Conscious, that beingÂ May 7. ApparentlyÂ the delayÂ is due toÂ sample clearance issues.Â He dropped aÂ promising glimpse of the project last week called "Come Here," featuring Miguel. Listen to itÂ and read hisÂ tweets below:Â Â