Warner Music Group has relinquished its exclusive distribution rights to Talib Kweli's Blacksmith Music label. However, the major label still has the first right of refusal for 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.
Kweli and partner Corey Smyth launched Blacksmith Music in 2006. Neither were available for comment at deadline.