Aloe Blacc On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

Aloe Blacc On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and philanthropist:


Aloe has stated his purpose for music is positive social change…Here's what they got into:

  • Aloe and Talib's last meeting at Harry Belafonte's birthday celebration at the Apollo Theatre
  • How Aloe applies his mindset of "A.I.M.": affirmation, inspiration, and motivation
  • Being raised by Panamanian parents and the memorable experiences visiting their home country
  • Aloe's working for the rights of undocumented immigrants
  • His introduction to musicianship when he started playing a rented trumpet in third grade
  • Meeting rapper Exile in 1995 while in high school and forming their group Emanon
  • His history of emceeing being the training ground on his path to becoming a singer
  • Linking up with the group Lootpack when he joined them on their European tour
  • The importance of producer Oh No and Sam Cooke's song "A Change Is Gonna Come"
  • Early inspirations coming from emcees that use melody in their rapping style
  • Blu asking Talib to break down some of Wu-Tang's Five Percenter references
  • Aloe's take on why it's so important for people to put their dreams before anything else
  • The time that Bow Wow decided he wanted Talib to become his mentor
  • Aloe living through Paul Robeson's quote of "artists are the gatekeepers of truth"
  • Talib, John Forte, and Aloe performing "Get By" at Harry Belafonte's Birthday Celebration
  • Using his platform in support of the campaign to end malaria
  • His song, "Patria Mia", having the essence of what it means to be Black Panamanian
  • Working on the 'Bee' project with the Japanese production duo Cradle
  • Talib becoming friends with jazz musician Weldon Irvine who played keys on early records
  • How his song, "I Need A Dollar", became the theme for HBO's "How To Make It In America"
  • His song, "Loving You Is Killing Me", and discussion about the need to end toxic relationships
  • Aloe's collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii on the hit "Wake Me Up" and honoring his passing
  • Working with DJ Khalil on the song, "The Man", and it's sampling of Elton John
  • Aloe's acting debut in "Get On Up" playing a musician in James Brown's band
  • Witnessing the incredible work ethic of Chadwick Boseman
  • The tongue-in-cheek humor of Aloe's "I Got Your Christmas Right Here"
  • Aloe's song "Merry Christmas Mr. Brown" and it's heartfelt dedication to those lost
  • The concept of qualified immunity and how police have hid behind it for too long
  • The song, "Harvard", being heavily inspired by Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"
  • Aloe shares some of the philanthropic plans he has with his wife Maya Jupiter

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