Talib Kweli Says DMX "Has Been Exploited By The Media"

Talib Kweli preparing to release his own book, says Black Star is more of a "live experience" at the moment.

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli recently found himself coming to the defense of fellow emcee DMX during a conversation with Montreality. While speaking on the controversial lyricist, Talib shared his belief that DMX is an artist who has been exploited by the media.

Additionally, Talib says the hardships DMX faced at the start of his career were “packaged” and “marketed” in order to sell records, and once the fallout began to take place, both fans and those in the industry were not there for the rapper.

“Well, I definitely think DMX is somebody who has been exploited by the media,” Talib said. “He’s someone who clearly had a rough life and had some pathologies and some demons from when he first came out. And those things were packaged and marketed as something to be sold, but then when the fallout happens you get famous from that type of pathology. There’s no one there to be there. Like the record companies, management, fans, consumers. None of us are really there. And it’s really up to DMX’s family and the people who love him and care about him to be there for him. You know what I’m saying? I love DMX as a person, as an artist. To see somebody come from where he came from and achieve the heights of success that he achieved is inspirational to me.”

According to Talib, there were numerous times spent in the studio where he and DMX would discuss positive music and community.

“And me and him spent a lot of studio sessions together,” he said. “No songs ever came out of it, but we spent a lot of studio sessions together building about positive music. And music that has a community.”

Known as one-half of the Brooklyn-based duo Black Star, along with Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Talib offered an update on the group, informing listeners that at the moment Black Star is more of “a live experience.”

“We got some Black Star shows coming up,” the rapper said. “Two in London. One in Munich, Germany end of next month or so. That should be fun. But Black Star is like a live experience thing at this point…Trying to get Liberation 2 off the ground. God willing it happens.”

In addition to touring, Talib is also at work on his own book, tentatively titled Vibrate Higher.

“I’m working on a book now,” he said. “I have different titles for it. Right now it’s called Vibrate Higher. But that might change by the time the book come out. My book is like memoir, music, race, history, and memoir, all together. I’m trying to make it an interesting read.”

Talib’s discussion with Montreality about DMX comes weeks after it was reported that the Yonkers rapper would serve as George Zimmerman’s opponent in a celebrity boxing match slated for March. Numerous updates have been made in regards to the fight, but in a statement released earlier this month a rep for DMX revealed that the rapper never agreed to participate in the match.

“Damon Feldman has announced that the George Zimmerman fight is cancelled via his Twitter," DMX’s rep, Domenick Nati said in a statement. "As previously stated, DMX never agreed to the fight and we thank you for all of the support from DMX's fans. This situation will not affect any of DMX's upcoming concerts in America or around the world."

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  • Anonymous

    Stop making excuses for this guy. He's choosing to self destruct his life and career. The media is simply reporting it which is their job.

  • Walter

    Sorry Talib, but no, not at all. The guy decided to let his dogs...his 'family' participate in illegal and terrible dogfights. Acting as if he cares for them, but a dude who cares for his dogs...or as he calls it..his family, does not let it fight to the death or whatsoever. Fucker was even promoting it in his music, plus he's a crackhead and an amazing father figure for his kids. Yeah Talib...the media was all behind this. Please dude.

    • ryanmadc

      Judge not least ye be judged. I bet after sitting in a room with you for just one hour i could point out flaws you have as well

    • real

      Just because you are not on the same level as Talib is the reason for you not being able to understand that he had major problems before he started in the game and his record label used that to sell records. Who cares about the dog fighting. Dog fighting is big all over this country (down south, midwest, new york) so to act like just because he fought dogs he is worthless. 2nd I bet their is someone in your family who is on drugs and thats doesnt mean that person is totally worthless or without talent. While you type and smoke on your blunt at the same time. Worry about your nappy head ass kids instead of how he is as a father.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    There's a million niggas out there with the same problems as DMX and not nearly as many resources as DMX, and they still get their shit together eventually. I'm just sayin', you can't blame it on the media when DMX can still make as much money as he wants just off of his celebrity, thanks to the media. He could book shows at middle-of-the-road venues every other night for 2 G's a pop, make 50-60 grand a month. That's not a bad life. Stop driving for a couple years, stay out of jail, and just be grateful that you're DMX, 'cause if you weren't, you'd be another nigga with a criminal record who can't get a job. What happens is some of these rappers taste the lavish life for a few years, then when their star fades and the money isn't rolling in like it used to, they can't live humbly anymore because they're too used to being a star and they start doing desperate shit to keep up with their image or former lifestyle. Niggas can't just drive a Nissan Sentra and live in a regular house, he gotta have a brand new Denali and live in the hills, even though they can't afford it any more. I say all this as someone who has always respected DMX as an MC, as an artist, and as an individual. He's a broad thinker that has seen both sides of life, and he's a smart dude that knows what he has to do in order to get himself straightened out. It's all a matter of whether or not he WANTS to, so you can't feel sorry for him or make excuses for him. I've known mothafuckas that just LIKE being crackheads. It's their preferred lifestyle.

    • Anonymous

      See, you tough cats meowwing about the fact I told the brother to slow down shows exactly what I warned the brother: wanne be niggas-a-la justin bieber thinking that shit is cool andthe 'nigga' I was referring to is not DMX, it was the generalization, go fucking learn how to read.

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    • Anonymous

      Dude has a driver's license now, "nigga". Either he settled the child support or they let him go bankrupt.

    • Anonymous

      Well put, bro but refrain from using 'nigga' every sentence, you dig, it defeats the purpose.

  • Anonymous

    shut the fuck up dmx did that to himself

    • real

      Of course he did it to himself but does that mean the media didnt use it to sell his story and make a couple dollars. Idiots like yourself think just because someone has access to a lot of money than he should have struggles like some of the people in your family. Get real

    • Anonymous

      oh wow, you're though. not

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, DMX have been exploited. Be sure to checkout thegrandreport, they have some good hip hop & viral videos on there

  • detroit slim

    I aint a DMX fan but he by far one of the realest niggas out here. His 4ft ass would beat the fuck outta %95 of these rap niggas thats hot right now

    • Anonymous

      Kill the bullshit, ai t nothing real about being a drug abusing recidivist who doesent give his own children a respectable father image to look up to.

  • Anonymous

    "Live experience" = white nostalgia + Mos doesn't give fuck enough to WRITE.

  • son of a sax

    Yeah, DMX has obviously has some demons and issues in his life. But at whut point does 1ne fade to black and get help. DMX is a grown man and has been for awhile now. He knows right from wrong. He's the 1ne doing all of this in. Which keeps feeding the media and giving them sumthin to print. I mean, has had the most run ins with the law of any artist. I've ever seen. I really don't feel sorry for him any longer. Now, all I do is shake my head and say. Whut is it this time.

  • Bappre

    til I saw the bank draft that said $9398 , I accept that my neighbour woz like actualey bringing in money part-time from their computer. . there best friend has done this for only about 7 months and as of now took care of the depts on there house and bourt themselves a Jaguar XJ . Learn More Here.......http://x.co/3uMqh

  • Honest Cowboy

    X is the man. I just saw a video of him crashing some white boys wedding party and rapping along to one of his songs. He made their day.

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