[event review] Talib Kweli at HMV Forum, London

When it comes to a lion of Hip Hop, a revered storyteller and one of raps most well known expressers of truth, you can’t help but mention Talib Kweli, amongst the likes of Black Star co-star Mos Def, and Black Thought. On March 20 as part of his ongoing lengthy tour, Kweli brought Brooklyn to Kentish Town’s HMV Forum with support from two of the UK’s most well respected lyricists, Lowkey and Mic Righteous.

Despite having no DJ present to build the vibe in the venue, which is somewhat disappointing at a Hip Hop concert, the venue was soon full to capacity and the restless audience were pacified by the first of the support acts.

Mic Righteous delivered a passionate and confident 45 minute set running through tracks from his current mixtape Kam Pain, as well as a freestyle referencing his Cher Lloyd feature, commanding the stage whilst narrating to warm up the typically tough London crowd.

Lowkey, the more well known of the two, effortlessly performed to his usual standard encouraging those in the audience to participate with the sing along tracks from his current album. Both rappers made for fitting warm up acts to ready us for what was to be a night of real Hip Hop.

Then, beginning with an impressive set from his DJ who cut and scratched through a homage to Nas which set the energy levels, Talib Kweli graced the stage to a rapturous reception kicking off his polished stage show with solo bangers from his past offerings and more current.

(Read the rest here –  originally for SoulCulture)

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