The show was started with the DJ mixing an unusual blend of Hip Hop classics mixed with some soul. They were becoming impatient, waiting for any sign of Kweli to enter. Kweli came to the stage starting with Polookas from Gutter Rainbows- “You ain’t got a verse better than my one”.
A short interlude followed, with Talib talking to the audience about his latest album, Prisoner of Conscious. He shouted out some of the producers on the album, including Saadiq Bolden, Oh No and the RZA. By this point everyone had their Wu signs in the air. Talib continued the show with a slow paced, song dedicated to the women of the world- Come Here featuring Miguel. The slow pace continued, with Talib playing Hot Thing from the Ear Drum album.
Dedicated to all the ‘lonely people’, mix of Talib Kweli rappin over a dope sample of Eleanor Rigby, followed sharply with a tribute to J Dilla, ‘Crushiiiiiiin’! A Yassin Bey tribute was well received by the audience in recognition of Black Star. The pace grew a lot quicker with Talib spittin’ some bars over the course of his previous albums and Upper Echelon. The ladies and gents were asked to ‘Keep On Dancing’.
The crowd at the their lighters in the air in tribute to some of the Hip Hoppas who have left us. Succeeding with a rendition of Common, De La Soul and Biz Markie. Talib explained the Jazz Café was the first venue he rocked in London when his career began. An announcement of the upcoming Reflections 2 project got the crowd hyped, we’re all anticipating another classic project with Hi Tek.
Bboys and Bgirls were accredited to a largely unseen element of Hip Hop, and Talib spoke of the fake Hiphoppas, those who aren’t true to the culture. The crowd were in agreement with the statement of the Emcee, acknowledging their own ideas about real Hip Hop.
An accapella continued after a short break from music, with Kweli spitting very quick lyrics for about three minutes. It got the crowd jumpin’. No No No by Dawn Penn kept listeners moving until a quick switch in the mix to ‘State of Grace’ a heavy track dedicated to a combination of Hip Hop and the upliftment of women and a couple of other tracks from Gravitas, with that ‘Gravaton Sh**’
The show was finished with an intense performance of Get Em High, which left the crowd delighted and feelin’ nice upon the finish.
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