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Talib Kweli Quotes: "Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction."

Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.




Talib Kweli Quotes: "I ignored your aura but it grabbed me by the hand, like the moon pulled the tide, and the tide pulled the sand."

I ignored your aura but it grabbed me by the hand, like the moon pulled the tide, and the tide pulled the sand.




Talib Kweli Quotes: "Do the math: You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half."

Do the math: You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You gotta get back to your essence, Use your gifts and share your presence, Don't count your dollars 'til you count your blessings."

You gotta get back to your essence, Use your gifts and share your presence, Don't count your dollars 'til you count your blessings.




Talib Kweli Quotes: "Life without knowledge is death in disguise."

Life without knowledge is death in disguise.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with."

The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "If lyrics sold then truth be told/I'd probably be just as rich and famous as Jay-Z."

If lyrics sold then truth be told/I'd probably be just as rich and famous as Jay-Z.




Talib Kweli Quotes: "I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified."

I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle."

You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "When you shine bright, some won't enjoy the shadow you cast."

When you shine bright, some won't enjoy the shadow you cast.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is."

Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Just because no one can understand how you speak, Don't necessarily mean that what you be sayin is deep."

Just because no one can understand how you speak, Don't necessarily mean that what you be sayin is deep.




Talib Kweli Quotes: "We get high on all types of drugs when, all you really need is Love"

We get high on all types of drugs when, all you really need is Love



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract."

You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You can have your own opinion, but not your own facts."

You can have your own opinion, but not your own facts.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "If you ain't using all the talents God provided you with For the betterment of Man, understand, You ain't nothing but a waste."

If you ain't using all the talents God provided you with For the betterment of Man, understand, You ain't nothing but a waste.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted, Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets. Where were you the day hip-hop died? Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride?"

Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted, Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets. Where were you the day hip-hop died? Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride?



Talib Kweli Quotes: "A true artist does not depend on radio for success. A true fan does not let radio determine what they support"

A true artist does not depend on radio for success. A true fan does not let radio determine what they support



Talib Kweli Quotes: "The responsibility of an artist is to be honest with themselves."

The responsibility of an artist is to be honest with themselves.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old -- he's a misguided 40-year-old person."

I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old -- he's a misguided 40-year-old person.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Life is a beautiful struggle."

Life is a beautiful struggle.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I think hip hop is a dance music that's rebellious by nature."

I think hip hop is a dance music that's rebellious by nature.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft."

You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "War is not civilized."

War is not civilized.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. Im looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate."

I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. Im looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work."

I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent."

So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "When I met you it was magic... We polar opposites, but attracted like we was magnets."

When I met you it was magic... We polar opposites, but attracted like we was magnets.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "You gotta eat right, you gotta have healthy habits, you know, and balance out your decadence with a healthy lifestyle during the day."

You gotta eat right, you gotta have healthy habits, you know, and balance out your decadence with a healthy lifestyle during the day.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "We send young white boys to the Army. We're sending young black boys to the prisons."

We send young white boys to the Army. We're sending young black boys to the prisons.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion."

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Woman are complex creatures."

Woman are complex creatures.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected."

But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of."

We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing."

Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I don't feel comfortable making empty music."

I don't feel comfortable making empty music.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals."

Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well."

Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Once you're signed to a label you compromise."

Once you're signed to a label you compromise.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I have enough rhythm to blend at this point. I have enough rhythm to blend one song into another. But man, I have such respect for the art of deejaying. I hesitate to even call myself a deejay."

I have enough rhythm to blend at this point. I have enough rhythm to blend one song into another. But man, I have such respect for the art of deejaying. I hesitate to even call myself a deejay.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "God gave us music, so we play with our words."

God gave us music, so we play with our words.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "As an artist, I have to be a leader of my fans, not like follow them. Because if I chose to follow them, you know, they could do it."

As an artist, I have to be a leader of my fans, not like follow them. Because if I chose to follow them, you know, they could do it.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I like the fact that I can rep New York, but my style does not - I'm not trapped in a New York thing. I can do art songs with other artists and it's seamless."

I like the fact that I can rep New York, but my style does not - I'm not trapped in a New York thing. I can do art songs with other artists and it's seamless.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Young kids should be doing music that has shock value. They'll grow out of it."

Young kids should be doing music that has shock value. They'll grow out of it.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together."

And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "There are staples to my show. I have to be conscious about switching things up because I know people who saw me last year will say, 'He did that last time.' But if certain things work, they work."

There are staples to my show. I have to be conscious about switching things up because I know people who saw me last year will say, 'He did that last time.' But if certain things work, they work.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "I have such respect for the art of deejaying. I hesitate to even call myself a deejay."

I have such respect for the art of deejaying. I hesitate to even call myself a deejay.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "Hip-hop is a vehicle."

Hip-hop is a vehicle.



Talib Kweli Quotes: "The most important time in history is - NOW - the present, So count your blessings cause time can't define the essence."

The most important time in history is - NOW - the present, So count your blessings cause time can't define the essence.