Arts & Culture
Vibrate Higher: An Evening with Talib Kweli
06 April 2022
Online | Free
After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def (Yassin Bey) as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material, or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.
In 2021, Kweli released his memoir, Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story. A reviewer for the Washington Post wrote, “the push-pull between commercial hip-hop, with its frequent emphasis on empty materialism, and Kweli’s message-driven, occasionally preachy and invariably less popular conscious rap is one of the main preoccupations at the heart of the [book].”
The Brooklyn-born emcee has always intentionally connected his brand and platform to activism, a decision; some may believe blighted by controversies that played out on social media.
Notwithstanding, Kweli’s global influence on Hip Hop culture, his business acumen, love of family, and support of grassroots movements are undeniable. The nexus between these factors and his early socialization to Black freedom struggles amplify his call to vibrate higher through knowledge of self.
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