Science Of Speech featuring Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Styles P, Dead Prez

Venue name: Thai at Silver Spring
Address: 921 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring MD 20910

Categories: Concerts & Tour Dates
Starts at: 2019.10.04, 20:00

Performers

Name: Talib Kweli

the Brooklyn MC is largely responsible for bringing intellectualism and afro-centricsm to the underground hip-hop scene and is an independent rap music pioneer. Talib Kweli was born in Brooklyn, New York to a well-to-do family of academics. His mother is an English professor at City University New York (CUNY) and his father works in administration at Adelphi University, while his younger brother is a law professor at Columbia. Talib's name, means "student" and "seeker" in Arabic and he himself was an avid student who attended New York's prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School and he studied theater at NYU. Kweli started rapping in the underground scene in 1995 and began recording underground tracks with DJ Hi-Tek in 1997. In the following year he hooked up with Mos Def to form the rap-duo "Black Star". The duo made some noise with their one and only album to date, "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star". The album was released in 1998 and featured the hit rap single, "Definition", which reached #3 on the Rap charts. The album was critically praised for bringing back social issues and politics back into the genre, during a time when hardcore rap reigned supreme. Kweli then released a collabo with Hi-Tek entitled "Reflection Eternal" which tackled and addressed issues within the African American community. The album was well-received and charted in the top 20 of the Billboard 200. By 2002, Talib Kweli was newly solo and set out to take mainstream rap by storm with his socially conscientious rhymes. He released "Quality", in 2002 which featured production by DJ Quick and Kanye West and charted at #21 on the Billboard 200 charts with the lead-off West produced single "Get By". Talib Kweli concert dates were booked on the second stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2003. Kweli followed up with collaborations with some of hip-hop's biggest stars including a guest rap on Kanye West's debut album. Talib Kweli tour dates and performances were booked on the popular "Chapelle's Show" as well as the opening slot on the Beastie Boys' "Challah At Your Boy World Tour". In 2004, Kweli released his sophomore set, "The Beautiful Struggle", which hit #14 on the Billboard 200. The album featured production again from Kanye West as well as from the Neptunes. In 2005, Kweli founded his own label, Blacksmith Records, and secured a major label distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. After releasing a mixture in 2005, Kweli returned in 2007 with his highest charting album to date, "Eardrum", which hit #2 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release. Talib Kweli tour dates were scheduled on a national Australian tour in October, 2007 to promote the album. In 2010, Kweli re-teamed with Hi-Tek to release a second album, "Revolutions Per Minute" which was hailed by critics and fans alike. Use Eventful as your source for Talib Kweli tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.

Categories: Music, Music: Hip Hop/Rap

Name: Jay Electronica

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Name: Styles P

“I don’t think they’re going to expect what I’m coming with,” says Styles Peniro (né David Styles) about his upcoming sophomore album, Time Is Money. A member of the storied Yonkers, NY descended trio The LOX, it was a matter of time before each member would pursue their own solo projects. But where Styles, Jadakiss and Sheek differ from the status quo is that their impeccable solo projects match the standards set by their group efforts. As Styles P readies to drop his follow up 2002’s critically acclaimed A Gangster & A Gentleman, he’s confident in his abilities to not only continue his cliques’ reputation for banging Hip-Hop, but also cement his rep as one of the rap game’s illest lyricists. Whether as part of the triple threat that is The LOX or as a solo artist, Styles’ razor sharp slick talk has enamored him to countless heads that like their Hip-Hop hard to the core. “I always looked at myself as one of the hardest, street spittin’ MCs,” he says. While he proved that he had the goods to hold an album down for self with A Gangster & A Gentleman, the album’s run was prematurely cut short. While in the midst of promoting the album, Styles was ordered to turn himself in and serve an eight month sentence for charges stemming from an altercation a year before. The involuntary vacation, he was released August 4, 2003, served as a serious wake up call to his priorities. “When I was sitting in jail I didn’t make any music. But the first two lines of “I’m Black”, I thought of that in jail and I just kept it in my head,” says Styles of the inception of what may be his most important song to date. “For the longest time I was telling myself I wanted to do a song about being Black. But I never did it. When I came out Alchemist played the beat, and that was it.” The magnificent track “I’m Black” featuring Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry is Time is Money’s lead single and finds Styles P lyrically offering a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Black man in an inherently racist world. Despite his propensity for gun busting lyricism, he’s always dropped a certain amount of knowledge in his verses. “I want to be known as the kid who’s saying some shit, and I hope that people catch the jewels,” he says. “Even when I’m coming hard, I always throw a jewel in it.” “I’m a lyricist,” he continues. “We’re in an industry where lyrics don’t really count anymore. The beat and the hook count. Nobody really cares what you say as long as they can play it in the club. But, at the same time they’re plenty of people that want to hear something.” Throughout Time is Money Styles continuously packs on the heat that makes it one of 2005’s most anticipated releases. Though those familiar with the mixtape circuit have been privy to scorching Styles linguistics regularly, the album showcases more refined verses and finely chiseled songs. On “How We Live” dancing flutes and strings converse over thunderous kicks as Styles weaves thoughtful lyrics throughout the Havoc (Mobb Deep) produced track. The Mario Winans produced “First in Line” sports an underwater groove with thick shuffling base. More gems are provided by Scott Storch (“Day You Die”), Coco Chanel (“Tryin’ to Get Rich Homes”) and Bink! (“Watch Ya Self”). “The standout experience I had in the studio with another artist was my joint with Sizzla, it was just magic in the room,” says Styles about teaming with the reggae legend on “Fire & Pain”. “The song with Talib Kweli, I knew that was going to be ill too,” he adds about “Testify”, where he teams with the Brooklyn rapper for some hardcore consciousness over Hi-Tek’s rubbery bass, where he kicks, “Damn right I make gangsta music, but I spit poetry just like Langston Hughes did.” With Time is Money Styles sidesteps any notions of a sophomore slump by instead accomplishing the impressive task of surpassing the high expectations set after his solid debut album. For Styles, it was always part of his job description. “I always try to improve and get better,” he says. “Once you get to a point where you don’t need to get better, then you don’t need to be here.”

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