The duo confirmed the news in a press release and revealed that “Liberation 2” will be dropped in a manner similar to its predecessor; while “Liberation” was a free download via Stones Throw’s Rappcats, its follow up will be available exclusively on Luminary, the same subscription podcast network that Black Star (Kweli and Yasiin Bey‘s duo) dropped “No Fear Of Time” on.
“This album was written, recorded and mixed over 10 years,” Kweli mentioned in a statement. “It’s expansive in concept but tight in its substance and approach. People today are taking stock of what is most important – family, health, wellness, love.”
Talib added, “The materialism and debauchery that is stereotypically associated with Hip Hop has lost some of its luster. Madlib and I have been consistent in our messaging. Never has there been a better time for such honest, message-driven music that pays tribute to the sounds that came before us.”
Kweli also noted that their partnership with Luminary gives him the right to “retain ownership, allowing us to create an exclusive experience for listeners.” He continued, “I’m excited to be at the forefront of Luminary’s foray into the music space, and we have a chance to change the industry for the better with the release of this album.”
Watch the “After These Messages” music video below.