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.”