But, it looks like Kweli’s Instagram post wasn’t an attempt to jumpstart the collaborative process after all. Rather, it was a reminder that the Black Star luminary had warned ‘Ye about people out there who would use him — including conservative commentator Candace Owens.
“We started working on one but I stopped going around once it was clear that he wasn’t hearing me re: the Trump/Candace Owens stuff,” Kweli tells HipHopDX via email. “I posted that clip on IG not so much to restart the album, but to remind him that I was warning him thru song about the very people who took advantage of him way before he allowed them to.
“I have a lot of love for Ye but he still has more work to do.”
Earlier this week, ‘Ye announced he was distancing himself from politics. Toward the end of Kweli’s Instagram caption, he welcomed ‘Ye “back.”
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on October 31, 2018 at 12:20 p.m. PST and can be found below.]
At this point, Kanye West is almost like a musical assembly line. He’s pumped out multiple projects this year — including Nas’ NASIR and Pusha T’s DAYTONA — but evidently he has much more waiting in the wings.
According to a recent Instagram post from Talib Kweli, ‘Ye was working on a joint album with the Black Star MC. In light of Kanye’s recent “awakening” and decision to step away from politics, Kweli clearly thinks production should resume.
“Me and @kanyewest started an album together last January,” he wrote in the caption. “That same month Candace Owens trolled me on twitter and her followers called me all types of niggers and monkeys for months. Hey Ye it’s probably time to revisit this one… lyrics are timely AF. Welcome back.”
In the Instagram clip, Kweli raps a few bars from one of his collaborative tracks with ‘Ye. Unsurprisingly, the verse revolves around the current political divide plaguing the nation.
“Niggas wanna play both sides/Like both sides got very fine people/One side is fighting, playing nazis/The other side is straight evil/If people wanting to be equal is a threat to you/And equality is death to you/You’re probably sensitive about your testicles/We celebrate diversity with carnivals festivals,” he spits.
HipHopDX has reached out to Talib for comment.