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Talib Kweli

Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically gifted, socially aware, and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. His travels around the globe as one of rap’s most in-demand performers combined with his conversations with political activists and his genre-straddling work with Idle Warship and others caused Kweli to realize that he was limited in a sense, a prisoner of sorts of his own success as one of the world’s best rappers with something significant to say.   “My music has been associated with those types of causes, with positivity, spirituality, intelligence, and being thought-provoking and such,” he says. “I think sometimes people get caught up in that part of me as an artist and don’t necessarily understand the musicality or fully appreciate the music and the entertainment value behind what I do. I tried to stretch my wings a little bit and bring something that was less beholden to the world of hip-hop and more existing in the world in general.

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One Mic: Faith, Hip-Hop, and the Common Good

A post-show discussion showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens.


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<i>Faith, Hip-Hop, and the Common Good</i>, welcome by Russell Simmons and featuring Talib Kweli 4/9/14: Faith, Hip-Hop, and the Common Good, welcome by Russell Simmons and featuring Talib Kweli

This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MCs Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

Faith, Hip-Hop, and the Common Good, welcome by Russell Simmons and featuring Talib Kweli

This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MCs Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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