Chatting with Changeville Headliner: Talib Kweli
In the spirit of Changeville, which is just around the corner, I was able to get a few words in with the headliner: Talib Kweli.
Kweli is the trinity of hip hop performers, acting as hip-hop artist, entrepreneur and social activist. His roots stem from Brooklyn where his parents sought to expose him to the arts, he said.
“Loving Hip Hop makes you want to learn about as much music as possible,” Kweli said.
That is just what he did.
Kweli is now an internationally known touring artist who has collaborated with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla and Madlib.
Kweli founded his own record label, Javotti Media, in 2011, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” Kweli is looking to make the label into a media powerhouse that releases music, books and films. Javotti Media released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows. He named the label after his paternal grandmother.
Kweli has grown to be one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers of his time, since he began as a local artist 20 years ago.
“Talib is a legend for his conscious lyricism,” said James Green, second year sociology major at UF.
He had no hesitation when he was asked to headline Changeville, he said.
“It’s nice to see old school hip-hop still being performed today, especially by such a socially active and intelligent person,” said Alex Couture, second year STEM major. “With collaborations ranging from Pretty Lights to Snoop Dogg, it’s clear that Talib is versatile in his style, and successful, if his 10+ albums have anything to say,” he said.
Catch Kweli, Moon Hooch, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Endless Pools, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Big Freedia and other big names at Changeville, Gainesville’s social change festival, from March 2-3. View the lineup in its entirety here.
Tickets can be purchased here for $29. Use our discount code “SCENE” for 10% off your ticket.