Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Label Splits with Warner Brothers Records
Rather than allow recently surfaced rumors to convey misleading information of Blacksmith Music being dropped, Kweli maintains the decision was conceptually a split. My label Blacksmith is no longer distributed by Warner Brothers, which means they will not put out Blacksmith future projects, Kweli explained in a statement. I still have a deal to put out Talib Kweli and Reflection Eternal thru [sic] Blacksmith/WBR. This would include his fourth solo album, tentatively titled Prisoner of Consciousness, and the much-anticipated second collaboration with beatsmith and close friend Hi-Tek in Train of Thought II.
Blacksmith Music, created in 2006 by Kweli and partner Corey Smith, boasts a tightly-knit crew of versatile artists, including Strong Arm Steady, Jean Grae, and Toronto-songstress Anjulie. Krondon, Mitchy Slick, and Phil The Agony, who make up SAS, will once again see their Blacksmith debut Arms & Hammers be delayed as a result of the distribution split.
Warner Brothers Records has yet to comment on the current situation involving Kwelis Blacksmith imprint.