Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & 9th Wonder Form New Collective, Indie 500

blame it on Shake October 22, 2014

Hip hop heads… it’s time to get excited: Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and 9th Wonder have some amazing plans for the future. Today, the three hip hop luminaries have announced the forming of Indie 500, a new collective of like-minded individuals (Jamla Records, W.A.R. Media, and Javotti Media) — led by Talib, Monch and 9th — that will move in the same vein as Native Tongues, Rawkus Records and those before them. Speaking with OKPtv, the three had the following to say about the new, exciting venture:

9th Wonder on the music:

“Indie 500 is a kind of continuation of the Native Tongues sound all the way to the Rawkus sound. Badu, Jill Scott, Slum Village — anywhere that has that texture of sound that feels good with good lyrics — Indie 500 is a continuation of that and a new generation. We’re trying to continue on the tradition of classic — what they like to call ‘traditional’ — hip-hop. Grass roots, deep-rooted hip-hop music.”

Pharoahe Monch on the business:

“We looked at each other and we were like, we should do business together and music together. Not just on the rap side, but on the touring side, the business side and sharing of information. It’s empowering, it’s beautiful, and it’s important for that to be known. To inspire younger generations to not only rap, but to start companies and corporations.”

Talib Kweli on the essence:

“It’s everybody that we’re down with… anybody that has an independent mind state or spirit is Indie 500. It’s important for us, as artists, that we value the art, and we raise the value of art. So we state that we’re independent, that we’re black owned, we’re stating that we have value and you need to pay attention to us.”

RELATED: Diamond D – Where’s The Love f. Talib Kweli, eLZhi & Skyzoo