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Once you're signed to a label you compromise. ...
by Talib Kweli

Once you're signed to a label you compromise.
- Talib Kweli

But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself.
- Talib Kweli

Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record.
- Talib Kweli

I think its man's nature to go to war and fight.
- Talib Kweli

 

I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say,
I want as many people to hear me as possible,
and I do everything in my power to make that pop.
- Talib Kweli

I will never do a record without some sense of responsibility.
- Talib Kweli

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

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I don't feel comfortable making empty music.
- Talib Kweli

I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up
with him until I was about 17 or 18.
- Talib Kweli

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think music sharing of any kind is great.
- Talib Kweli

People consider Black Star a great album,
and I think it's a classic album.
But the fact is, both me and Mos Def have made better albums since Black Star.
- Talib Kweli

Woman are complex creatures.
- Talib Kweli

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

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

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

Hip-hop is a vehicle.
- Talib Kweli

War is not civilized.
- Talib Kweli

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

A lot of these people, these program directors,
just like anybody else in the world,
even though they're supposed to be leaders in the world,
they're followers.
They follow what they think someone else is doing,
instead of trying to blaze a trail.
- Talib Kweli

So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the
moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all
my energy on that is when things started to happen.
So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output.
- Talib Kweli

I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated
because you believe their words and you appreciate
their honesty in their music.
If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music,
the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props.
- Talib Kweli

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

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

As far as being on a major label, some labels get it
and get what they have to do,
and some labels don't.
I don't think the label I'm on necessarily gets it,
but I think over time they're gonna have to.
- Talib Kweli

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Once you label me, you negate me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

If you plan for a year, plant a seed.
If for ten years, plant a tree.
If for a hundred years, teach the people.
When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest.
When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests.
- Kuan Chung

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

You only meet your once in a lifetime friend ...
once in a lifetime.
- Little Rascals

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing.
You don't win once in a while,
you don't do things right once in a while,
you do them right all the time.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Once we doubt ourselves, success slips beyond our grasp.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We come this way but once.
We can either tiptoe through life
and hope we get to death without being badly bruised
or we can live a full, complete life achieving
our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
- Bob Proctor

The whole world is a cyclone.
But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears.
This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.
- Osho

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens,
you can never regain their respect and esteem.
It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time;
you can even fool some of the people all of the time;
but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
- Abraham Lincoln

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

For those who do not think,
it is best at least to rearrange
their prejudices once in a while.
- Luther Burbank

The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
- E. Joseph Cossman


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