Coast Contra On “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”

Coast Contra 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 hip hop group:


Here’s what they got into:

  • Respect to Pete Rock for bringing so many new ears to the sounds of Coast Contra
  • The lyricism of rapper JID and why they used his beat for the “Never Freestyle”
  • Drawing inspiration from Biggie’s performances of songs like “Party & Bullshit”
  • Performing at the Hollywood Bowl, the same night Dave Chappelle was attacked
  • Eric Jamal speaks on meeting his fellow Philly emcee Black Thought
  • Taj and Ras being the sons of rapper Ras Kass and singer Teedra Moses
  • RioLoz’s experience of being raised in Colombia before later moving to Miami
  • Three parts of the crew linking up in high school and bonding over their love for hip hop
  • When Eric Jamal came into the fold and what he brought to the structure as the elder
  • The crew’s years of building together in ‘Apt. 505‘ after moving out to Los Angeles
  • How they all wound up working at the My 2 Cents LA soul food restaurant
  • What’s behind their focus on financial literacy in songs like “Get The Worm”
  • The constant quest for knowledge and having the right people around you to grow
  • Discussing what 2Pac and Biggie might be doing today if they were still around
  • How they’ve managed to keep such a strong foundation over the years
  • The romantic side of Coast Contra is explored and embracing vulnerability
  • Getting the opportunity to make the title song for the soundtrack to “Queen & Slim
  • The group’s move to becoming more in tune with their spiritual side
  • What it is about their come up story that sets themselves apart from the others
  • What led them to making a conscious decision of a 7 year plan to success
  • Their plan to execute the next level of their prophecy by utilizing new resources
  • The excitement of having the chance to bring a whole new sound to the industry
  • A People’s Party cipher with each member of Coast Contra taking their turn to bar-out

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