Talib Kweli Talks Kendrick Lamar, Unreleased J Dilla Collaboration With Mike Posner

posted Tuesday February 12 ,2013 at 05:33PM CST | 9 comments

Talib Kweli Talks Kendrick Lamar, Unreleased J Dilla Collaboration With Mike Posner

Talib Kweli discusses his single with Kendrick Lamar and an unreleased track he recorded with J Dilla and Mike Posner.

In less than two months, Talib Kweli will release his highly-anticipated sixth solo album Prisoner of Consciousness. Now, the Brooklyn veteran discusses working with Kendrick Lamar on the album's lead single, "Push Thru."

In a recent interview with Fuse, Kweli discussed linking up with the good kid, m.A.A.d city emcee for his single. He revealed that K. Dot's verse for "Push Thru" was actually recorded years before following a radio interview with Kweli's wife DJ Eque that took place in the couple's Los Angeles home.

"I have a house in L.A., and I pay attention to the music [on the West coast]," he explained. "I've been listening to Kendrick Lamar for a long time. Kendrick came over to my house actually a long time ago; he had a record with U-N-I, and he came over to the crib to do a radio show with my wife [DJ Eque]. I heard him rhyme back then, and I was like, 'Yo, he's incredible.' I kept in touch with him and his whole crew, the whole Black Hippy crew. So that record ['Push Thru'] that I have with Kendrick is an old record, I just put it out recently."

Kweli also discussed a collaboration he recorded with the late J Dilla and Mike Posner, titled "Color of You." According to Kweli, he planned to include the song on his upcoming LP, but decided to hold off on releasing it until a later date.

"There was a Dilla track that was worked on for Prisoner of Consciousness, 'Color of You.' I finished it, and Mike Posner's on it, but it's not gonna be on the album," he revealed. "It's gonna be on whatever the next project I do…I was thinking about putting it out today, actually, but I've got so much going on with trying to promote the records I've got out, I didn't want it to get lost in the mix."

Slated for an April 23rd release, Prisoner of Consciousness will also feature the likes of Curren$y, Nelly, Busta Rhymes and more. "Push Thru" was also recently remixed by veteran Toronto producer Marco Polo.

Check out the full interview below.

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  • Anonymous
    i miss the Blackstar/Reflection Eternal days
    • Anonymous
      I miss the Nation Of Islam/Nation Of Gods & Earths days
    • TaZzZ
      Word, bring back the cats who can tell you the circumference of the earth. They had some real knowledge of self, the world, and their place in it. These dudes nowadays think they are much bigger than they really are. You forget your one of 7 billion? Hit your lessons boys, you got a long way to go. Why you think he likes K.Dot so much, dude has an old soul. He's like Uncle Phil in Carlton's body...
  • YESSIR
    Talib is just too lyrical for the current rap game. it's laughable at times.
    • yup
      Half-truth. Talib isn't versatile. He's a lyrical monster but can't make a hit if his life depended on it.
    • Anonymous
      You would have a point if he didn't already have a few hits. It's not his fault the radio went straight short yellow bus with a red helmet on it for all the stupid people out there. That's why you get a two chainz all day.
  • Josh Rich RapsOfficial
    Never thought I'd see a Kweli/Posner track.
  • Anonymous
    Dudes wife is ugly.
    • hehe
      him too lol