Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli might have a crazy 200-shows-a-year tour schedule for his Gutter Rainbows, but he still manages to find time to record new music and work on a book.
"This is how I make my money. On the road, having Blacksmith music, making music, working on my book, and other things that I am working on. I enjoy being on the road and writing this book and other things I am involved in," Kweli tells AllHipHop News. "I enjoy being on the road and the essence of MCing is the Master of Ceremony. In order to master the ceremony, you have to be at the ceremony."
He's currently working on a book about his experiences and philosophies on life. "I am still a relatively young person in the scheme of the world, so I don’t feel like I feel like I will stop learning by any strength of the imagination," he says. "I’ve learned some things that I can impart that can be worth some thing to some people."
He also mentions enlisting the help of Brazilian guitar player Seu Jorge for his next project and that there were no plans in the works for a Black Star reunion with Mos Def.
"There’s no update, there’s no album that we are working on, we have done a lot of music together and a few songs that people haven’t heard, but Mos operates very differently than your average artist in terms of how he wants to get his music out there," he says.
"I think what it is with him is really trying to explore ownership and really trying to explore the best way for us to put out an album that is based on the creative love for the music, rather than based on the demand from the fans. As much as this is a business, music is not made because of supply and demand. Music is made from your heart, and we just got to do it because its right and not just because there is a demand for it. But I want to hear it too."
His latest album Prisoner of Conscious will be released digitally in the United States this summer and a Gutter Rainbows record will be re-released physically soon after.
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