Rapping alongside some of the most notorious artists in the industry, Talib Kweli is one of the most critically respected rappers of his time. For those who may be unfamiliar with the underground rapper, allow hip-hop mogul Jay-Z to provide you with a little testimony from his “Black Album” rhyme: “If skills sold, truth be told/I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli.”
On Friday, April 18, the national hip-hop recording artist Kweli will reveal his highly acclaimed talent to the HWS and Geneva Community as the final concert in Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 2007-2008 “Live from Geneva” music series.
Over a decade has passed since Kweli was introduced to the music world, yet his lyrics continue to educate and entertain. Prior to his solo career, Kweli partnered with Hi-Tek and Mos-Def as Black Star. After several years of working with the joint venture, the group dispersed with the desire to pursue personal endeavors.
In 2002, Kweli presented the world with his solo album titled “Quality,” featuring collaborations with several artists. Although this project did not produce record-breaking sales, Kweli had successfully revealed his talent to the music world, and faced enormous anticipation in regards to his next album. Shortly after, “The Beautiful Struggle” was released in 2004, with many believing that this would be Kweli's commercial breakthrough. The album featured many of Kweli’s superstar peers such as Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Anthony Hamilton and the Neptunes, but unlike his previous work, the project did not focus on beats and rhymes and was too concerned with marketing success. Therefore, Kweli withdrew himself from media attention for some time and worked on his stopgap mixtape “Right About Now.”
His latest solo album titled “Eardrum” was released in 2007, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and was received with enormous success.
Oftentimes dubbed the “conscious rapper,” Kweli provides listeners with insight and wisdom on topics beyond the crime and hedonistic themes that rap music so frequently highlights. With several albums to prove it, there is no denying that Kweli epitomizes a critically successful artist. The concert will provide an up-close and personal opportunity to watch this mastermind at work. This is one you certainly won’t want to miss!
This concert has been made possible, in part, with support from the New York State Music Fund. The Fund recently named Hobart and William Smith Colleges a recipient of a $200,000 grant, designed to provide underserved populations with concerts from artists who receive limited access to commercial broadcast or other mass distribution vehicles.
The opening act will be Broadcast Live; check them out on My Space.
Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for general admission. They are now on sale at The College Store, The Smith box office, by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483) and on-line at www.TheSmith.org.