Talib Kweli-Lonely People
Here’s the date Blake was talking about. We saw Talib Kweli, member of Blackstar and a hip hop legend, at the Canopy Club in Urbana last Friday night. The show was great, with Talib playing most of The Beautiful Struggle (probably his best album top to bottom) and showing the crowd new songs from Gutter Rainbows and even an unreleased song with DJ/Producer 9th Wonder. The energy Talib brings to the stage is just about unmatched, and the live band that accompanied him was terrific. A top 3 hip hop show that I’ve been too.
The video is self recorded, so sorry if the quality isn’t the best… I got pretty excited when I heard the Lonely People track come on. Download here.
“I don’t wanna care right know,” I really don’t, but Lupe Fiasco’s “Record Release Party” at the House of Blues in Chicago last night was absolutely awful. To show you just how bad it was, I’ll give you the run down.
All times are approximations
7:57 PM– Arrive at the House of Blues to find a line still outside waiting to get in, even though doors opened at 7:30. Good sign, the show is sold out. Lupe gets more hyped with a bigger crowd, and at capacity, the House of Blues is a pretty big crowd. I start drooling. Wasalu hasn’t had a show in Chicago for about a year, and I haven’t seen him for almost three. I take off my jacket to reveal my ’06 black St. Alfred “Listen to Lupe” shirt; which I chose to wear after anticipating large pit stains (which is normal for me) and hoping Lupe would spot me in the crowd and thank me for being such a dedicated fan.
8:30 PM– DJ Broadway Streetz and his hype man are doing an awesome job. Throwing on tracks such as Common’s “The Food” and Jay Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” the crowd is mouthing the lyrics, bobbing their heads up and down to the beat, and waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care. This show is going to be legendary. I feel it.
Was the show legendary?