Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Check out the debut video from Idle Warship, the new supergroup made up of Talib Kweli, Graph Nobel, and vocalist Res. Of course we all know Talib, and if you don't remember Res, she was big on the scene in the late 90s. The trio is scheduled to drop their first album, Party Robot , in early 2009 .
This is a different sound for all the artists involved, most notably Kweli. Unlike his more sample-heavy beats, Idle Warship's music is dance based and fits in perfectly with the evolving sound of "hipster hip-hop". The group says on their myspace page:
"Idle Warship started as an idea to make a dance song for fun. It has since morphed into a full blown labor of love, with it's own identity. We no longer control it. Idle Warship is a vehicle of expression, it is a state of mind that creates art that is needed. It is not needed for the world, it is needed for the artist. It is selfish. It is egotistical. It is confused. It is human.
Pop stars, movie stars, celebuglies, this is what we worship. They are beyond royalty, we try to assign a divine quality to them. We prop them up and make sacrifices to them. There are always new deities screaming for our attention, and we dispose of our gods in grand fashion. We tear them to shreds and fight over the scraps like rats on a sinking ship. The Lauryn Hills, Britney Spears and Anna Nicoles of the world were once little girls with dreams. They seem crazy, but I say they are sane reactions to a crazy world. "
Interesting-- my jury is still out on this one, but overall it looks positive. If you want to see more of Idle Warship, they will be performing at BB Kings on December 22nd, featuring special guest Blu and Exile. Buy tickets here.