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TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but

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TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 17, 2005 06:22PM


TALIB KWELI

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DJ FLIP

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Rob Kelly



The Village, Wexford St.



Wed 28th September. Doors 8pm.



Tickets €27.50 from Wav, Ticketmaster and usual outlets. www.ticketmaster.ie or ph: 1890 200 078



Finally making a his Irish debut after years of anticipation, Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli plays at The Village on Wenesday week 28th September. Universally acknowledged as one of the best lyricists and rapper sin the world over the last seven or eight years years; Talib Kweli first came to prominence as part of records scene through his work with Mos Def, Hi Tek, Pharoah Monch and others.



His new album, produced by long time collaborators Kanye West features Mary J Blige, Common, John Legend and Faith Evans amongst the guests and it’s quality ensure that word on this rising star is set to spread. Also playing at The Village on the night are Ireland’s DJ Flip, famous for having won the world DMC championship in December 2003 (coming second in last year’s was still further than any other Irish DJ has achieved) and much-vaunted MC Rob Kelly.



TALIB KWELI



"Life is a beautiful struggle/People search through the rubble for a suitable hustle/Some people using the noodle, some people using the muscle/Some people put it all together, make it fit like a puzzle"

-Talib Kweli, "I Try"



An old saying is that the pen is mightier than the sword, and nowhere is this more apparent than on Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli's second solo offering, The Beautiful Struggle. An explosive aural stockade of rhymes touching on issues ranging from his own ashy-knuckled New York upbringing to the plight of AIDS-infected orphans in Sierra Leone, hip-hop's premier scholarly MC returns to drop sonic A-bombs on lesser lyricists and restore hope among those struggling to find meaning in the ruins of rap's gallingly vacuous empire of Bling.

"Beautiful Struggle is like another way of saying 'a good fight,' " Kweli explains. “In describing the struggle, you're also talking about where you're trying to get at the end of that struggle, and that's somewhere beautiful. So while the struggle might be hard, what you're fighting for makes it beautiful."



To this end, Talib kicks off his new set with the inspirational, gospel-tinged "I Try," featuring Mary J. Blige. A powerful piano-driven tribute to overtime-working 9-to-5ers searching for more meaning in their weary lives, the Kanye West-produced tune picks up where Talib’s 2002 Billboard smash "Get By" left off.

Kweli's ascension to the top has been a long time coming. Gaining notoriety as one-half of the groups Black Star (with childhood friend Mos Def) in 1998 and then Reflection Eternal (with Cincinnati DJ Hi-Tek) in 2000, the cerebral MC, due to his insightful, well-crafted lyrics and passionate delivery, has long been considered one of the most prolific rappers in the game.

The eldest of two sons born to college professors, Talib Kweli (which means "student of truth" in Arabic) realized he had a knack for self-expression as early as elementary school. Gifted in writing poetry, short stories and plays, as Kweli entered junior high, the awkward teen, who had once harbored dreams of becoming a Major League Baseball player, ditched his plans after discovering a market for his written wares among his friends. "I wasn't really one of the cool kids," Kweli recalls. "Hip-hop became a way for me to write and be cool; it gave me a language to speak to my peers. I started writing rhymes for my friends, and then I eventually began writing rhymes for myself."

But schoolyard rap ciphers would give way to professional ambition when Kweli met Dante Smith (aka Mos Def) years later in high school, and then producer Tony "DJ Hi-Tek" Cottrell, during a 1994 trip to Cincinnati. Impressed by Kweli's rhyme style, Hi-Tek, who was working with a local rap clique named Mood at the time, tapped him to appear on several tracks for group's 1997 album, Doom. The same year, Kweli and Hi-Tek, dubbing themselves Reflection Eternal, released "Fortified Live," a now classic single on Rawkus' first Soundbombing compilation.

Flipping the script the following year, Kweli teamed up with Mos Def to record and release Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Hailed one of best albums of 1998, the pair went on to spearhead the making of Hip-Hop for Respect less than a year later. The four-song maxi-single featuring 41 MCs--including Kool G. Rap, De La Soul, Common and dead prez, was created to protest the murder of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant shot 41 times by New York City cops in 1999.

After reuniting briefly with Hi-Tek in 2000 to drop the refreshingly original Reflection Eternal - the brainchild of a brilliant MC and masterful musician which yielded Billboard hits "Move Somethin’" and "The Blast", Kweli finally went off on his own to release the highly-anticipated Quality in 2002, much to the delight of many of his long-time supporters. The album, producing such potential hip-hop classics as the feel-good hit "Get By," "Waitin' for the DJ" and "Joy," helped secured Kweli's reputation as one of the most talented MCs of our generation.

"I released Quality to prove I could make an album without Mos or Hi-Tek," says Kweli. "They're highly talented people, but I needed to show my fans what I was capable of … I also needed to show myself."

Although Quality is a tough act to follow, The Beautiful Struggle certainly does not disappoint. Kweli demonstrates just how well he holds his own on tracks like the Neptunes-produced “Broken Glass,” a harrowing tale of a young girl whose struggle to make it in the big-city streets ends tragically when she’s lured into drugs and prostitution.


Next the rapper teams up with R&B newcomer John Legend for "Around My Way," a somber report on the perils of 'hood life that flows against a musical backdrop of one of Sting's classics with The Police, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Some of his shrewdest work ever, he spits passionately over the chorus "All the corners filled with sorrow/All the streets are filled with pain/Around my way."



On the violin-supported, Just-Blaze track “Never Been in Love,” a lovesick Talib puts his pimp game high on up the shelf and opts to do the grown-up commitment thing. Kweli also enlisted the help of his soul label mate RES on "We Got the Beat," a nod to the pioneers of breakdancing.



Having collaborated with many of rap's A-list producers on Struggle as well as guest stars such as Common, Faith Evans, and Anthony Hamilton -Talib is excited to introduce the project he calls one of his most honest works to date. "On this album I let the music dictate what I wrote about ... I stayed true to my own experiences and convictions. I didn't worry about pleasing anybody in particular … I just wrote for myself. It is my hope that this kind of truth and sincerity resonates with my fans."



Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 06:51PM


over 18's ?

please say no

and if yes difficulty getting in wit relatively good id.


talib kweli is probably my fave mc
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 06:54PM


should be a great gig, i just hope he does either black sat and or reflection eternal stuff!

blast off ya suckaz
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 08:12PM


sweet should be a savage nite
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 10:00PM


im so super excited about this gig!




^Itiopia ijochwan wada igziabher tizarglach^
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 10:08PM


i was waitin to see how long it took before a pic MosDef appeared

a day and a bit.... your getting slopy




Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 10:11PM


thats a nice shirt!
i may have competition for nicest shirt on the night!
im gona have to step my game up!
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 10:27PM



Current mood:
... he looks YUMMY wit no hair...

Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 10:48PM



Mos looks soooo good hes just got to be fattening!



^Itiopia ijochwan wada igziabher tizarglach^
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 18, 2005 11:08PM



Current mood:
... haha he cud fatten ure tummy wit a minnie Mos...

Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 19, 2005 04:31PM


hello is this over 18's plz?

they usually are in d village but wide o said a while ago u cud get in accompanied but it doesnt say on ticketmaster

any help appreciated
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 19, 2005 10:22PM


dog123 Wrote:
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> hello is this over 18's plz?
>
> they usually are in d village but wide o said a
> while ago u cud get in accompanied but it doesnt
> say on ticketmaster
>
> any help appreciated

Last Time I Went To Village Under 18'S Could Get In But Had To Wear A Band So They Couldn't Get Served At Bar Or Something Like That! I Got In On Me Mates Garda ID... I looked Like Her Though!!
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 19, 2005 10:26PM


hopefully i can get to this its lookin bleak at the moment tho

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Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 19, 2005 10:41PM


jeess my birthday on friday, ye's think all would chip in, get my arse from derry to wexford and buy me a fookin ticket since i miss everything in this dump...of a nice city

Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 11:54AM


Tonight talib will rock.cant wait
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 12:04PM


it's next wed
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 12:22PM


not tonight . ah damn had taken the day off for tommorrow for it. may god rest my soul.
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 02:22PM


ohhh..lookin forward to this
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 10:42PM


Sarah Wrote:
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> dog123 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > hello is this over 18's plz?
> >
> > they usually are in d village but wide o said
> a
> > while ago u cud get in accompanied but it
> doesnt
> > say on ticketmaster
> >
> > any help appreciated
>
> Last Time I Went To Village Under 18'S Could Get
> In But Had To Wear A Band So They Couldn't Get
> Served At Bar Or Something Like That! I Got In On
> Me Mates Garda ID... I looked Like Her Though!!
>
>
>


yea and wernt they upstairs aswell? like lookin down on the stage?..


anyways cant fuckin wait for it!!!!! Very Happy
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 21, 2005 11:48PM




GOOD IDEA FLIPPER.....A SHIRT BATTLE!!!

I`M IN.....ANYONE ELSE???
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 22, 2005 12:04AM


If ron b reads this i shall be goin to this gis an e mail nugget222@hotmail.com
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 24, 2005 01:38AM


contrary to rumour this gig very much ON!

talib will be talking the talk on sean harley's show on spin fm tomorrow night (Sat)

roll on wednesday!
Re: TALIB KWELI on Wed week - full details in anyway but
September 26, 2005 12:28PM


Class!!!!!
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