After recent reports of rapper Talib Kweli and record label Warner Bros. falling out with one another, the label has now spoken on the new business relationship between the two.
Despite early reports claiming Kweli was dropped, the Brooklyn, New York-bred emcee recently hit up Allhiphop to debunk rumors that claimed that Warner will no longer work any of his artists.
“My label Blacksmith is no longer distributed by Warner Brothers, which means they will not put out Blacksmith future projects,” Kweli told AllHipHop.com. “I still have a deal to put out Talib Kweli and Reflection Eternal thru Blacksmith/WBR.
No longer having the exclusive distribution to Kweli’s Blacksmith Music label, Billboard reports the mega music company will still maintain a first right to turn down any Blacksmith acts. 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.
On Talib Kweli’s first major album Black Star, he rapped with Mos Def. That record was released on the underground Rawkus Records in 1998.