Idle Warship is Res and Talib Kweli. Click Here to Listen to "Industry Diary"
Res is a world renowned singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, who has been known to mix all types of genres together to create her own sound. Her voice is the real deal. If you are not a fan of Res, you simply haven’t heard her. She released an album on Geffen in 2004 titled How I Do, which is cherished by those who own it. Talib Kweli is one of hip hop’s premier artists, known for his ability to create songs that respect hip hop culture but transcend it’s boundaries. He is considered one of our best lyricists. Along with classic albums released by his groups Black Star and Reflection Eternal and a 2007 collaboration with Madlib, he has released 3 solo albums, garnering the hits "Get By" and "Hot Thing." Res has appeared on every one of those albums. From "Where Do We Go" (Quality), to "Going Hard" and "We Got the Beat" (Beautiful Struggle), from "Soul Music" (Liberation) to "Everything Man" (Eardrum), Res and Kweli have shown incredible chemistry. 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.
Res and Talib Kweli equal Idle Warship, but Idle Warship does not equal Res and Talib Kweli. 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.
An Idle Warship sits at the port, waiting for a war that will never be fought. This is who we’ve become, so empty that we do not participate in activity we are designed for. We are Idle Warships at bay, afraid of the fight on the open seas. This music is the soundtrack for our lives. It is voyeuristic, and it takes you on a journey thru flesh and blood, but the divine is on the other side. We had to come to your world to get you and bring you back to ours.