In this episode of "People's Party With Talib Kweli", Talib Kweli sits down with rapper and writer:
Here's what they got into:
His early life, being born in Bed–Stuy, Brooklyn and eventually moving to Queens
How the tragedy of his mother's murder when he was four impacted him
The strong women in his life and how they affected his growth as an artist
Mega's take on the deep cultural impact of Queensbridge on the world
The pride Mega holds in his long history as an independent artist
How he feels being viewed as one of the most slept on artists in the game
Intentionally being overlooked by the gatekeepers of the industry
Being locked up during the release of his childhood friend Nas' iconic 'Illmatic'
The deal he had for an album produced by Marley Marl before being arrested
How he felt when he found out he was going to be excluded from The Firm
The love Mega and Nas still had for each other throughout years of negativity
The impact and storied legacy of Violator Records exec Chris Lighty
The chance to be affiliated with Def Jam being a dream come true
Queens rappers being a reflection of the greatness of their community
The immortal legacy of street legend Supreme Magnetic
Discussing notable cuts from Mega's 2014 album 'Mega Philosophy'
The strategic move of featuring members from The Firm on 'Mega Philosophy'
Expecting to be blacklisted from the industry with the song 'The Industry'
When he started challenging himself to be more responsible as an artist
Discussing tracks from Mega's latest album 'The Realness II'
Taking every opportunity to be a supporter of his peers and their endeavors
The deep underappreciated influence of the Five Percent Nation on hip hop
Releasing a physical copy of his "Black Book" book of inspirational quotes
The debate over the origins of hip hop and tracing it back to the early 1900s
Why Mega considers Run DMC to be the greatest rap group ever
How hip hop became one of the most powerful unifiers in the world