Talib Kweli was originally slated to release his new album Prisoner of Consciousness on November 20th, but fans will have to wait a few more months for its release. During an interview with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, the Brooklyn, New York rapper explained that the dismantling of his label Blacksmith Records is to blame for the delay.
“No, that’s atually going to be pushed back. It was originally supposed to come out on Blacksmith/EMI/Capitol, it’s not longer coming out on EMI/Blacksmith/Capitol. It was my label, we have now dismantled it,” he said. “I have a label called Javotti Media, which I put my last album Gutter Rainbows on, so it’s now coming out on Javotti/EMI/Capitol. But in order to make the transition, I pushed it back a couple of months. I’m looking at February.”
Kwe explained that his manager, Cory Smith, decided to focus more on management and didn’t have as much time to focus on running Blacksmith Records. As a result, he launched a new label, Javotti Media, to release future projects.
“Me and my manager Cory Smith, he’s still my manager. We still got a lot of work to do. He just partnered up with Red Light Entertainment, he’s doing more of the managing thing. So it’s hard for him to focus on the label thing. For me, I’ve gotta focus on getting the music out. I was successful with Gutter Rainbows with Javotti, shout out to Dru-Ha and Noah from 3D Distribution, and I’m doing it myself at this point.”