I can still remember the day I heard the hip hop duo Blackstar (Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli) for the very first time. Pretty much it was love at first listen and that’s no lie. I was managing a music store in our local mall back in 1998 when this promo CD came in titled Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star that caught my eye. I thought let’s give it a shot. Growing up in the golden age of hip hop, I was very impressed with this LP upon first listen. Both Kweli and Mos Def’s flow and delivery were one of the main points that had me hooked. I knew from that day forward I would follow both their careers very closely. I consider Kweli in the Top 10 of current MCs in the game today. Fast forward to present day, Talib Kweli has made quite a name for himself as a solo hip hop artist with eight (8) solo LPs and six (6) collaboration LPs and as a political activist for many important issues that are ailing our society.
Kweli is currently on his nationwide Radio Silence Tour in support of his latest LP with the same title, Radio Silence. Kweli has continued to produce LP’s full of thought provoking and health consciousness lyrics geared toward the betterment of one’s mind and soul. He reminds us that it is ok to listen to someone on the mic that has something poignant to say. In a world full of Migos and 21 Savages, hip hop needs to be reminded of its roots at times. As Kweli once said, “I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer” on his hit track, “Get By”. Kweli’s thick, lyrical descriptive prose has remained unique and moving throughout the years.
Also on tour with Kweli: NIKO IS, DJ Spintelect, Skyzoo, Landon Wordswell, Santino Corleon, & Space Invadaz. It is always nice when you do not know much about an artist (or multiple opening acts) and they impress you so much that you tell everyone who will listen to check them out. Well this is that time, because if you love Hip-Hop then it is very important that you check out these provided links and hear for yourself! I have already started my descent into all of their discography and I can say that I am quite pleased with my decision in doing so.
- NIKO IS Bandcamp
- Skyzoo Bandcamp
- Landon Wordswell Bandcamp
- Santino Corleon YouTube Channel
- DJ Spintelect Soundcloud
- Space Invadaz Soundcloud
I hope you will also take my word and check out some of Talib Kweli’s tracks if you have not yet already done so. Here is a link to his Official Soundclound page so you do not even have to search for it online. And here is a link to check out the remaining dates left on the Radio Silence Tour to see if he is coming to a town near you. I would also like to thank Javotti Media for giving ConcertHopper.com and myself this opportunity at The Masquerade.
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