Talib Kweli on The Music Industry, Kanye West, and New Album on NBCNewYork

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Check out this interview I did for NBCNewYork.com.  His album Gutter Rainbows is out now.  

From his favorite MC’s of the ‘new era’ to his thoughts on Kanye West to what we can expect from his new album, Talib Kweli offers his thoughts on all.

“Kanye just had this passion. He decided in his mind he was the best, and he manifested it and made it happen.”

On the heavy Kanye criticism he says “I think the same people who level so much criticism at an artist like Kanye West are going to be upset when he’s gone. I think he’s a very important cultural figure and musician. His presence helps me out, it helps Mos Def out, it helps Lupe Fiasco, and if it helps all these artists, it helps hip hop, so if you’re down for hip hop you’re down for Kanye West.”

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