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Talib Kweli

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Pricing info: $32 / $15 Ages 30 & under / $10 Duke students

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Groundbreaking Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli first made his name as half of Black Star, alongside Mos Def. Their acclaimed 1998 album mixed rugged street beats and rhymes brainy enough for boho B-boys (Entertainment Weekly), rejecting the violence and nihilism of gangsta rap in favor of a message of empowerment. Kweli has since put out more than a dozen albums, each radiating an emotional immediacy and political awareness that was largely absent from hip-hop (Pitchfork) before he came on the scene. Twenty years into his career and still pushing boundaries, Talib Kweli collaborated with Durhams own multi-GRAMMY-winning producer 9th Wonder on the 2015 album Indie 500.Capping off a weeklong residency at Duke, Kweli presents this two-night stand at Motorco, offering a rare opportunity to hear one of hip-hops most original and accomplished voices in the up-close-and-personal club setting. Its the perfect venue to show off his combination of social consciousness and pure lyrical virtuosity.

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Motorco Music Hall
Fri, Feb 17 at 9pm

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