Talib Kweli Rejects "Conscious Rapper" Label, Says It's Limiting

Talib Kweli admits that there's truth to his label as a "conscious emcee," but simultaneously rejects it.

Talib Kweli's latest project, Prisoner of Conscious, may, in fact be reflective of his stance towards being typecast as a particular artist.

"I don't consider myself as a prisoner of anything," explained Kweli in an interview with VladTV. "Clearly, I do songs with Nelly," he added, laughing.

However, Kweli is aware of attempts to label an categorize him. "Clearly, other people in this business, whether it be consumers or fans, or more importantly, the labels or the media, have the need to label me and package me as a conscious artist."

"I'm not special. They don't just do it for me. Everybody get a label applied to them," conceded Kwe, before adding, "But it's a matter of how much you live up to that label, and how much you accept whatever label someone else has given to you."

"The conscious rapper label correctly applies to me, because I am a conscious rapper," he explained. "...But this industry has demonized the term 'consciousness,' and has demonized  the idea of positive message and music that can move people in a different direction other than debauchery."

Kweli explained that he embraces the challenge of making positive music, but that the label placed upon him is limiting nonetheless. "That's why I fight against that label. That's why I fight against being put in that box, because the people who strive to put me in that box... are limiting the audience that can hear my music."

Watch the interview below:

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44 Comments

  • Anonymous

    nobody is more conscious den Drake

  • Anonymous

    You motherfuckers minds are too minuscule to comprehend what's being said.Grow the the fuck up kiddies!!!!!

  • sxxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyWVf-mVVSQ

  • Eziekiel Mcloud

    Nigga be looking like a Hornet with them Shades on.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga looks like hes 60. he done!

  • zxsss4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • sxx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SCtyEOJy0A

  • zxsss4

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  • Money First

    Real shit what he said....Hell just look at all the fake wannabe E-Thugs on threads like this...Everybody wants to be hard or talk shit but when it comes down to some positive shit that gets put in a box or sometimes labeled "soft."

  • FREDYYY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCGNTO0qaVc

  • crazy mother fucker

    shushes mother fuckers coming out the bushes. chaseing son of a dicks with chainsaws swinging.throwing em on the mother fucker

  • Anonymous

    ja rule will make him unconscious

  • 000x9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLIbtbd32jI

  • talib annoying

    this nigga is reaching for attention too much ive heard about enough of this nigga. His music isnt all that great either he should stop trying to force himself to relevence because we all know that he will never be relevent

  • Anonymous

    Talib = BUM RAPPER period

  • wiz

    now at the wiz george lopez new album titled "beat it my name is zack now" with songs titled 'lets stand in stores really long and talk to indians " and "well u have to talk like monsters to fool people. at the wizz

  • Urban Flow

    He has a big point I agree.

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  • Hating

    If you want to worry about labels then worry about why most people think you're wack. Learn to rhyme on beat.

  • sxx004

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ktawH1-X84

  • Used2be

    Used to like him, now he gets on my nerves. Boy stop!

  • Anonymous

    "Irrelevant Rapper" would label him better.

  • Drake best rapper alive

    alien looking bug eyed wack nigga with horrible voice and flow. Drake shits on this niggas whole carreer of irrelevence

  • Anonymous

    this why i dont like this do anymore now that title is in a box when the term itself defines being outside the box. just say you wanna make wack shit too and you like other mainstream artist when they come out uses gimmicks for gain you did the same thing at rawkus with the real mc and pro culture label. now you wanna do what you all ways wanted to do which is hammer time and puffy music. less john robinson,j-live,asheru and more nelly,2chainz,lilwayne. just cause they demonize it to keep the agenda means their right and you have to switch over unless thats in you in the first place but if you were a conscious you could know that im just sayin tho. niggas always got excuses to sellout

  • Anonymous

    ja rule will knock this lil nigga unconscious

  • FTK

    If u don't want people to associate your work with the word 'conscious', then y u put that word in the title of your album? I just don't get it...

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  • anon

    Just start rapping about guns n bitches n hoes and they'll stop calling you conscious.. whining ass nigga. You made your whole career on making positive music which is GOOD, but stop complaining about it. Starting to sound like bitch ass Lupe..

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