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Hot Spit: Talib Kweli @ Metropolis

Posted by Amy / September 2, 2007

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I don’t know about y’all, but when I go to see a big hip hop show I like to see my favourite MCs with a live band, so when I saw the stage at Metropolis for Talib Kweli I was a bit disappointed. Single console. Two turntables and a laptop. Oh well.

Luckily, my disappointment didn’t last long. Talib is a smart, dynamic and versatile MC, as tonal as he is rhythmic. That kid’s got enough rhythm to turn my disappointment to slack-jawed awe in under 90 seconds. His DJ, Chaps, is a master of the quick-cut table style. He didn’t scratch much last night, but when he did, it was with authority.

The real revelation of the night, though, was guest MC Jean Grae (born Tsidi Ibrahim). The former music/business major spat like she owned the Metropolis. Drinking red wine, wearing an apron and blowing rhymes like I-don’t-know-what, she held her own in stage presence and straight skills with the tongue n throat talents of Talib Kweli himself.

All the artists of the night are signed to Talib’s not-just-a-label-but-a-philosophy Black Smith.

Discussion

9 Comments

Nadine / September 4, 2007 at 02:54 pm
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Hello there,

I missed Talib Kweli.
Do you know if he will still perform in Montreal / Quebec / Canada.

If so where ?
Amy T. / September 4, 2007 at 06:57 pm
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I'm pretty sure that the MTL show was at the tail end of the tour. Talib played Toronto and Ottawa before he got here. Sorry Nadine...Maybe next year.
PS I forgot to mention that the bass was so woofy that my nostrils were vibrating. Does anybody know if Talib brought his own low end or is that what the system at Metropolis is capable of when you push it? Anyone?
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