Talib Kweli recently updated fans on the status of his highly-anticipated collaboration album Refection Eternal II hoping to release the project within the next few months.
The Brooklyn-bred emcee spoke in an interview about working on the album in addition to some side projects.
“The Reflection Eternal project is a go, I’ve been spending a lot of time in [Cincinnati] at Hi Tek‘s studio,” Kweli told Kevin Nottingham. “We are trying to have that out before the summer on Blacksmith/Warner Brothers. Hi Tek got some heat, he still my favorite producer. The Idle Warship album is an organic process. We are putting the finishing touches on Party Robot and we will be releasing music with an independent spirit. Look out for Idle Warship, which is me, Res and Graph Nobel from Toronto, and Reflection Eternal at the Blacksmith Showcase, Thursday March 19th at the Scoot Inn, during South By Southwest in Austin.” (Kevin Nottingham Blog)
A label dispute with Warner Bros. previously had fans wondering which company the upcoming Reflection project would fall under.
“My label Blacksmith is no longer distributed by Warner Brothers, which means they will not put out Blacksmith future projects,” Kweli said. “I still have a deal to put out Talib Kweli and Reflection Eternal through Blacksmith/WBR. (All Hip Hop)
Warner may still release music from Kweli’s Blacksmith roster.
A Warner spokesperson says the company has the option to release music from Blacksmith artists such as Jean Grae, Strong Arm Steady and singer Anjulie. Kweli himself is still signed to Warner Bros. as a solo artist and is currently wrapping his upcoming duet album with producer Hi-Tek, Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought II. The set is due sometime this year. Kweli and partner Corey Smyth launched Blacksmith Music om 2006. (Billboard)
Talib has developed a strong rap following since dropping Reflection Eternal nearly a decade ago.
Kweli and Hi-Tek collaborated as a duo on Reflection Eternal (2000), which firmly established them apart from Mos Def as Black Star. For a moment there, Kweli and his Rawkus associates seemed like a full-fledged movement, a return to the sort of hip-hop associated with the so-called golden age. (All Music)