Sitting down with Rolling Stone, Talib Kweli gave a new (hopefully solid) date for the release of his sixth studio album Prisoner Of Conscious... April 23rd.

Four years in the making, Prisoner of Conscious represents a more nuanced selection of songs, which feature guests including Kendrick Lamar, Nelly and Busta Rhymes. It retains the live instrumentation Kweli incorporated on The Beautiful Struggle and Eardrum; a sample of Eric B & Rakim's "Paid in Full" for the Trend-produced song "Turnt Up" prevented a scheduled November release. The delay allowed Kweli time to "rethink" the album, and he tacked on two more songs in December.

"I tried to focus more on the musicality of the album and make decisions based more on how the music feels, rather than make decisions based on what I wanted to say," Kweli said. "This is the most time I've ever spent on a record."

Kweli also goes on to discuss a possible Black Star reunion with Mos Def Yasiin Bey, finishing up with "I would love to get back into it whenever he's ready."

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  • david

    It's good that he's directing some of the instrumentation. Most people just ask producers for a beat with some brief info and then send a cheque. That's one of the main reasons most albums aren't sequential like albums should be. And I'm sure he'll deliver lyrically

  • Jus10

    Kweli should do a collab album wit The Roots. He's interested in directing production, has had good chemistry with the Roots in the past, and wants to do collabs... why not holla at ?uestlove?

  • Chloe

    I couldn't agree more! This album is going to be amazing & i really cant wait. But a collab with The Roots would probably give me a heart attack. Surprised they havent already