In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor — Miguel.
The extensive conversation covers a multitude of topics. All beginning with talk of how he navigated growing up in LA with a Black/Mexican mixed heritage. He goes on to talk about his childhood friendship with rapper Blu, they draw comparisons of Miguel to Marvin Gaye in how they evolved as artists, they discuss Miguel’s love for hip hop, his sampling of J-Dilla’s ‘Crushing’, J Cole being accused of misogynistic statements, as well Miguel’s infamous accidental leg drop/kick on two women during his performance at the Billboard Awards.
They go on to discuss his song/video for ‘Get Your Hands Up’, and how he’s evolved as an artist since those early days, as well as the process and learning experiences while making his album ‘Wild Heart’. They also talk about Miguel’s work in the movie ‘Live By Night’ directed by Ben Affleck, he talks about what it was like being on tour with singer Sia, his work in activism with the ‘School-to-Prison pipeline’, why felt to come so political on his album ‘War & Leisure’, his collaboration with D Smoke on ‘Rhythm + Flow’, the importance of meditation to mental health, and Miguel outlines his love for the classic rock classic ‘Hotel California’.