Hi-Tek On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Hi-Tek On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down producer, DJ, and rapper:


Hi-Tek’s productions defined the Rawkus Records sound. Here’s what was discussed among two legends who literally came into the game together:

  • The difficulties of artists breaking through in his hometown of Cincinnati.
  • Receiving the demo tape of Talib after his group Mood came back from NY.
  • How rappers Vicious Lee and Big Del inspired Hi-Tek to keep at his craft.
  • Moving to New York and avoiding all the distractions the city had to offer.
  • Cincinnati’s unique mix of influences from all over the map.
  • Getting put onto Rawkus and producing 6 songs for the Black Star album.
  • Why producers are naturals when they choose to pick up a mic.
  • Going on to produce Jonell’s radio hit ‘Round And Round’.
  • Meeting singer Dion Jenkins and bringing him to Dr. Dre at Aftermath.
  • The legacy of Snoop Dogg and working with him as well as Dr. Dre.
  • Crazy stories of Talib and Hi-Tek in a jail’s drunk tank and almost beating up a cab driver.
  • Talk about the possibility of a 3rd Reflection Eternal album.
  • A breakdown of his production for Anderson .Paak’s ‘Come Down’.
  • 9th Wonder contacting Hi-Tek to get on his Soul Council collective.
  • Hi-Tek’s and J Dilla’s friendship resembling that of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.

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