Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey (A.K.A. Mos Def)

  • Aired:  10/05/11
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Black Star's Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (A.K.A. Mos Def) discuss their musical partnership and working outside the major record label structure. (4:45)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE

UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP PIONEERS.

I'LL ASK THEM TO CLARIFY IF

THEY'RE MORE HIP-HOP OR RIP-RAP.

PLEASE WELCOME BLACK STAR.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANKS FOR COMING BACK.

ALL RIGHT.

TALIB, MOS, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

YOU WERE HERE THIS SUMMER.

>> I GAVE YOU HAT.

YOU GOT THE SWAG.

>> Stephen: I GOT SWAG AND YOU

GAVE ME SOME SWAGGER.

WE HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE.

MANY OF MY AUDIENCE MEMBERS MAY

BE LOOKING AT YOU AND THINKING,

HEY, THAT LOOKS LIKE MOS DEF,

BUT YOU ARE NO LONGER MOS DEF,

CORRECT?

>> NOPE, I'M IN THE USING MOS

DEF AS A PROFESSIONAL NAME

ANYMORE.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE?

>> YASSIN BAY.

>> Stephen: WHY WOULD YOU NOT

BE MOS DEF ANYMORE?

HE'S A FAMOUS GUY WHO SELLS

RECORDS.

WHY NOT DO THAT?

>> WELL, I... IT'S A NON DE

PLUME SIMILAR TO WHAT MARK TWAIN

WAS.

>> Stephen: ONE OF AMERICA'S

GREAT ET CETERA HIP-HOP ARTISTS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: IN HIS DAY.

>> A GREAT INSPIRATION.

>> Stephen: THOUGH I WAS

OFFENDED BY THE WAY HE DROPPED

THE "N" WORD IN "HUCKLEBERRY

FINN."

THAT IS NOT RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO YOU'RE NOT... YOU GUYS,

YOU'RE CONSIDERED LIKE

UNDERGROUND RAP, LIKE PIONEERS

OF UNDERGROUND RAP.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

THAT AND CORPORATE RAP BECAUSE I

LOVE CORPORATE THINGS.

>> WELL, UNDERGROUND RAP, IT'S A

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN -- LABEL

THAT WE NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN, THAT WE DON'T

RHYME ABOVE SEA LEVEL?

I DON'T KNOW.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF

DIVERSITY IN HIP-HOP.

THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT

STYLES AND, YOU KNOW, ACROSS ALL

DIFFERENT GENRES OF ART.

SO, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO LIKE

THE LABEL THINGS I GUESS BECAUSE

IT'S... STEPHEN, IT ALLOWS ME TO

PIGEONHOLE YOU.

>> EXACTLY, WHICH IS FAVORITE

PASTIME FOR SOME PEOPLE.

WE JUST DO WHAT WE DO.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE TO... I

GUESS THIS IS A REBELLIOUS

THING.

YOU DON'T HAVE A CONCERN RAT

SPONSOR FOR YOUR MUSIC RIGHT

NOW, DO YOU?

>> THAT'S WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT US

BEING ABLE TO DO THIS SHOW IS

THAT BOTH ME AND YASSIN ARE IN

CREATIVE SPACES AND IN

PROFESSIONAL SPACE, BUT WE ARE

NOT ALIGNED WITH ANY PARTICULAR

RECORD COMPANY SOME WHEN WE

PERFORM MUSIC OR WHEN YOU GET

MUSIC FROM US AT THIS POINT, YOU

ARE GETTING IT DIRECTLY FROM US.

THERE'S IN MIDDLE MAN.

IT'S STRAIGHT INDEPENDENT.

>> Stephen: I'M THE MIDDLE

MAN.

I'M THE MIDDLE MAN.

I'M KIND OF THE LABEL FOR THE

NEXT COUPLE MINUTES.

I HOPE I HEAR A SINGLE WHAT I'M

HEARING.

I HOPE I HEAR A SINGLE.

NOW WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE

LOOK.

I'M THINKING MOP TOPS.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: AND WE ADD A GIRL.

>> MAYBE.

WE GOT A GIRL.

>> WE CAN DO ELVIS PRESLEY IN

THE GHETTO.

♪♪

>> Stephen: AM I IN?

>> YOU'RE ON THE TEAM.

>> Stephen: NOW, YOU GUYS

COLLABORATE.

A LOT OF HIP-HOP PEOPLE

COLLABORATE TOGETHER.

OKAY.

BUT IN ANY COLLABORATION, LIKE

IN ANY PARTNERSHIP, THERE'S ONE

GUY THAT'S DOING THE WORK AND,

YOU KNOW, ONE GUY IS THERE FOR

THE RIDE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

SO YOU'RE DOING THE WORK?

>> THAT'S ME.

>> Stephen: AND HE'S THE ONE

WHO LOOKS PRETTY AND HITS THE

TAMBOURINE?

>> MORE COW BELL.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE A GREAT

ACT COMING UP CALLED "BLACK

STAR."

WOULD YOU GUYS STICK AROUND AND

WITH -- BE THEM.

>> BEFORE THE SHOW, THIS IS OUR

CLASSY WARRIOR PACKAGE FOR YOU.

>> Stephen: CLASSY WARRIOR?

>> JUST IN THE EVENT THAT YOU

GET, YOU KNOW, SUMMONED TO THAT

CHENEY HUNTING INVITATIONAL.

>> Stephen: I MIGHT GET INVITE

TODRICK PERRY'S HUNTING

INVITATIONAL.

YOU GUYS SHOULD HEAD DOWN THERE,

TOO.

>> OR GOLF SUMMIT.

HERE'S A CLASSY WARRIOR TIE FOR

YOU.

>> Stephen: CLASSY WARRIOR.

>> BECAUSE IF IT'S A CLASS WAR,

YOU SHOULD BE A CLASSY WARRIOR.

>> Stephen: OH.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

WELL, GUYS, ARE YOU READY FOR

THE COLBERT BUMP?

>> I CAME HERE FOR THE COLBERT

BUMP.

>> Stephen: STICK AROUND.

WE'RE GOING TO BUMP 'EM UP.

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