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Talib Kweli Rocks Out S.O.B.’s for MLK

Talib Kweli

(AllHipHop News) Last night at the world famous S.O.B.’s, Brooklyn’s finest Talib Kweli delivered a powerful performance in front of a sold out crowd.

Surrounded by a live band, Kweli dedicated the concert to the lives and memories of Civil Rights revolutionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gil Scott-Heron.

Kweli was proud to carry on the tradition Scott-Heron set forth in celebrating the memory of Dr. King, by celebrating them both.

Opening acts Cory Mo. and Kris Kasanova held their own in front of packed crowd.

Setting the stage for Kweli to make his entrance. Everybody went crazy for Jay-Z’s favorite rapper. The drummer clicked his sticks four times, then Kweli stormed into new and classic hits with a technicians’ flare.

A crowd full of Hip-Hop heads sung along to every lyric, participated in hooks and kept their hands where he could see them. Clearly, the energy was of soul music… not pole music.

After an hour of reigning supreme, Kweli closed the show with his 2002 critically acclaimed hit ‘Get By’.

However, he couldn’t get by AllHipHop.com backstage for three questions.

AllHipHop.com: Talk about your history here at S.O.B.’s.

Talib Kweli: The first time I came here (S.O.B.’s), ever, was to see Gil Scott-Heron perform when I was fourteen years old. It’s a beautiful thing to continue on his tradition. The first time I performed here was Lyricist Lounge. Q-Tip was hosting. It was me and Rah Digga, as well as Young Zee.

One of my favorite works from Gil Scott-Heron is “The Spirit”. Tell us one of your favorite works.

My favorite Gil Scott-Heron piece is “Rivers of my Fathers”.

Can we expect a new album from you in 2013?

Definitely, there’s a new album on the way. Javotti Media is the label. The title is “Prisoner of Conscious”. I’m looking for to what this year holds.

Outside of Mos Def, who would you like to see Talib Kweli collaborate on an album with?

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