People’s Party is a weekly interview show hosted by hip-hop legend Talib Kweli. The show features big-name guests exploring hip-hop, culture, and politics.
Yasiin Bey Opens Up About The Black Star Era & Black Star II, New York Hip-Hop, Mental Health Among Black Men, & His New Podcast, The Midnight Miracle
Here it is. The one we’ve seen requested by fans every week. The one that people have been clamoring for since day one. The episode we promised way back when, but wanted to wait for the perfect moment to drop:
Yasiin Bey is in the building!
Today, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh are chopping it up with one of the greatest rappers to every snatch the mic. One half of Black Star. An acclaimed solo artist. A true original in every sense.
Listen, we can tell you what’s in the episode. But you don’t need that today. This is Yasiin Bey talking with one of his best friends. You’ve probably already pressed “play.”
Pete Rock Shares The True Story Behind “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” And Talks Heavy D, Kanye, Griselda, James Brown, His Reggae Influences, SP1200 Vs. MPC 2000XL, And More
You want legend talk? Like true “foundational hip-hop” talk?
We got you. Welcome Pete Rock to the People’s Party. The conversation starts hot and doesn’t let up. It’s all about Pete and CL Smooth, true stories of rap’s first era, love for vintage crews like Heavy D and the Boyz, and tales from Pete’s many incredible collaborations.
This is the gem for the true hip-hop heads. Those who want to know the pieces of the puzzle that are foundational to the culture itself. Those who want to sit at the feet of one of the culture’s grand masters.
If that’s you… well, it shouldn’t take much convincing.
Constitutional Scholar & Author Jamal Greene Explains The Role Of The Facebook Oversight Committee, The Banning Of Trump, The Limits Of Free Speech, And The Difference Between Individual And Societal Rights
Jamal Greene is straight up brilliant. Listen to him talk for two minutes and you’ll realize that. He’s also an author, a co-chair of Facebook’s Oversight Committee, an expert on constitutional law, a professor at Columbia School of Law, and the author of How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Is Tearing America Apart.
Oh… and he’s the brother of Talib Kweli, our host.
The collision of all those elements makes for a riveting discussion. Not only because of Greene’s vast areas of expertise but also because the brothers use this time to reflect on how they were raised and how the factors that influenced them affected their widely-divergent lives in unique ways.
This episode is for anyone who wants to understand the limits and nuances of what “rights in America” are all about, plus anyone who wants to understand the dynamic between these two exceptional siblings better.
J. Period Explains His Approach To Mix Tapes, Shares Thoughts On Working With Black Thought, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lauryn Hill, And Dave Chappelle, And Breaks Down His New Project, Story To Tell
For decades, J. Period has been the guy that hip-hop legends know, though the mainstream might not. He’s done official mixtapes for Lauryn Hill and the Roots, toured with Black Thought, created The Hamilton Mixtape with Lin-Manuel Miranda, and DJed worldwide with the best of the best.
Now, with the release of Story To Tell, J. Period has entered a new stratosphere. He’s stepping into the role of artist and making big moves, visiting the Tonight Show just last week. To celebrate the moment, he’s sitting down with longtime collaborator Talib Kweli and his People’s Party co-host Jasmin Leigh to talk through… all of it.
A mixtape lesson from the absolute king of the genre.
Madlib Talks Black Star, MF Doom, Ja Dilla, Medicine Show, Mac Miller, Musical Influences, And More
Madlib is a legit recluse. One of the most prolific producers in the game but definitely not the most talkative. Far from that.
Well, we got him talking about his career, his process, his influences, his collaborations, and the fascinating lane he’s carved for himself. If you need any more convincing than that, well, how about this:
He talks about producing THE ENTIRE Black Star II Album.
Fat Joe Talks Pun, 50 Cent Beef, Growing Up In The Bronx, The N-Word, DJ Khaled, And Depression
Fat Joe is a straight up legend. If you know him from Instagram or a TV cameo, then you need to come to know his REAL place in hip-hop. This is a man who’s been in the game from the early days and remains a vital voice in the culture.
Joe may be on IG talking every week, but things get real and raw when he sits to chop it up with Talib Kweli. Whether it’s the 50 Cent beef, his twin Big Pun, his use of the N-word, life in the BX, or heavy issues like depression, Joey Crack holds nothing back.
Love Talib and Jasmine!!
Kweli and Jasmine Leigh are engaging, ask smart and intriguing questions at a good cadence, and offer different perspectives on topics. I learn so much from each episode about a variety of topics, not just hip hop. I recommend this podcast to all my friends.
I’m loving this podcast and hearing all the stories and the culture can’t wait every week ever since I found it!!! Very proud to be apart of our culture!!!