Talib Kweli Pushes Back "Prisoner Of Consciousness," Explains Dismantling Blacksmith Records

Talib Kweli explains how his label situation influenced his decision to delay his new album.

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."

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  • Blaz9

    One of the best lyricist alive!!!

  • Anonymous

    talib kweli needs to just hang it the fuck up. his record label was a flop because talib kweli is a lazy idiot that doesn't sell records. why would you sign to a rappers label when that rapper can't do shit for his OWN career? talib should do an album with gucci and wacka flocka if hes sick of being so enlightening and "conscious". personally, i always thought he was boring geek shit that couldn't flow. if he never releases another piece of music, i won't care. amazing how mos def is still better than this bum when mos def hates rap and hates being a rapper. talib stinks

    • Pegasus Flow

      It's not possible that you're this stupid and that much of a whining little bitch. If you're not trolling, then you might be biggest clown on this site

  • Jakoba Senegelo

    Just stay independent

  • junMaf*ckn

    Being An MCEO is A Difficult Thing. Good To See Kweli Still Doing His Numbers. He Ripped The BET Cypher.

  • Jean Grae Fan

    This seems like some spin BS. This is the translation I get: "Kwe" and Corey had a falling out and went their separate ways leaving my girl Jean Grae holding the bag. She left Babygrande for Blacksmith in 2005 and has not put out an album ever since. Javotti Media? Come come now.

    • Anonymous

      LOL. Don't you remember Jeanius with 9th Wonder in 2008? Kweli can't make music for her. A lot of the time artists don't end up releasing albums because they just can't be bothered.

  • Anonymous

    Damn. Oh well I can wait another couple of months, no biggie.

  • Jus10

    I keep a notepad with all the release dates of upcoming projects that I'm interested in. Sad to have to scratch Kweli off that November 20th spot. Thanks for the update.

  • Anonymous

    lol, did Blacksmith even put anything out?

  • Its Um

    I've been waiting on Jean grae, it that seem she's the one who wants her stuff to be perfect before releasing her project, but that's how you lose people, no new news will make people that checking in. The day when you do release with little buzz will make it hard to sell when people forget that they been waiting on it. For Kweli's album I have to have a preview of what's on the album.

  • milehighkid303

    The ONE GUY besides 50 and WU Block I'm waiting on AND IMAGINE THAT!! Cmon Kweli, I'll wait all day for a LP from you but DAMNIT man, I'm ready to give up on this hip hop shit, lol everyone I listen to is damn near touchin' 40........IM OUT!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    So what happens to Jean Graes album or was that never going to come out?

  • And-What

    No comments on an actual Hip Hop artist, what a shock! If the title had been "Lil Wayne pushes back album" there would be millions of replies! I can wait until February, Kweli is always worth a listen!

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