The pair confirmed the news in a press release and revealed that Liberation 2 will be released in a manner similar to its predecessor; while Liberation was a free download via Stones Throw’s Rappcats, its followup 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 said 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.”
He continued, “The materialism and debauchery that is stereotypically associated with Hip Hop have 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 added, “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.”
To celebrate the announcement, the pair dropped the album’s first single “After These Messages,” which features a guest appearance from Kweli’s son Amani. Watch the “After These Messages” music video below and stay tuned for an official release date for Liberation 2. Follow The Drop NYC For Updates.