Talib Kweli Recalls Meeting Macklemore & Recording With Jay Z

Talib Kweli explains how he and Macklemore first linked up, as well as how Jay Z ended up on the "Get By Remix."

Macklemore has made headlines recently for his Grammy-sweeping results in all of the Hip Hop categories. In a recent interview on DJ Whoo Kids "Whoolywood Shuffle," Talib Kweli recalled meeting the Seattle emcee for the first time.

"I met Macklemore at the [XXL] Freshmen show he did at Best Buy," said Kweli. "It was MGK, Danny Brown, Future... To me, Macklemore did the best that night. I had heard the name, but I'd never seen him perform. Then I went to Seattle a year later, this was when 'Thrift Shop' was about to pop, I did a show, and he was in the audience, and I was like, 'Alright, come on stage and rap.' And he did real good."

Kweli continued, explaining how the two ended up on tour together. "So then, when I changed agencies, I got with the same agency as them right as their records was blowin' up, and he was doing interviews talkin' about his favorite album was me and Hi-Tek's album... So I hit my agent up, that tour would make a lot of sense for me. That's the only tour that sold out in the country Hip Hop-wise. These other tours, God bless them, but they wasn't sellin' out."

Kweli also spoke on how he came to have Jay Z featured on his "Get By Remix," which featured one of Kanye West's earlier productions. "I had met Jay at Lincoln Center. He was doing shows with The Roots... He had a two-way pager, and he had given me his two-way pin number. And I hit him on the two-way, and I'm like, 'I got this record,' this was before 'Get By' was even a single. I had this shit planed out. I was like, 'I want you to get on this remix.' And for three months, he would be like, 'I'm on it. I'm on it.' ...and then I got a two-way back, he was like, 'Send me your email.' I sent him my email, and five minutes later, the verse was in my email."

Watch the interview below:

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  • Anonymous

    yall mother f@ckers can hate on Talib if u want but this was a smart business move his part he jumped on tour with the biggest entertainer out doing sold out shows and got paid yeah Macklemore might be a wack pop artist by Talib got paid Money Over all you hating Bitches

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  • egfwjkgjkg

    Kweli sucked dat nigga dick

  • Johnnie

    This is funny to me. You have T. Kweli, one of the most infamous underground/message rappers always mentioning Macklemore. It really should be the other way around. Truth is, and it says clear as day in the article, is that Kweli needs Macklemore more than Macklemore needs him. Its sad cause Macklemore doesn't even really talk about Kweli at all, yet Kweli stay with Macklemore name in his mouth. This dude changed his tour and added Macklemore, went to his company, and then his tours started selling out. I feel bad to be honest for our brothers in hip hop cause every interview you see (Pusha T with DJ VLAD, kweli, Faboulous with First Take, and others) they always tryna say how good he is. But you can see in their hearts that they cant rally be honest because Macklemore has gained so much power already that it would be a career disaster to tell the truth on how they really feel. You can tell they know he isn't that good, and that most of his success has only came because he is white and he has "music" about "social issues". All our brothers in hip hop scared to tell it how it is when they are asked because they know what will happen to their own careers. How do you get a guy like Mackemore, who is supposedly "independent", have so much power over legendary artists in the game? Sad...

    • Anonymous

      your an idiot. you might wanna actually watch interviews before spewing ignorance. mack mentions kweli all the time at leas 70% of ints. doosh

    • Anonymous

      did you even watch the interview?

    • sizakhoza

      I co-sign. Kweli was my favourite artist between 1998 and 2003, its sad to see him trying to appeal to the mainstream audience by praising lame artists like this. Right now my favourite artist is Madlib, you will never hear him praising lame artists to get attention.

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    • Anonymous

      what does dick have to do with anything? they are friends. they tour the globe getting money together rocking shows.

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