Saturday, March 20, 2010

Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek: Reflection Eternal SXSW 2010 Performance Austin, TX

News clipping via Live Daily

Brooklyn-based Talib Kweli made a point to stop by Austin for an unofficial SXSW performance at the DigiWaxx-sponsored free event last night (Friday, March 19) at The Ranch.

The singer/rapper took to the stage immediately after Estelle's set, and he wasted no time delving into his work. "Get 'Em High" kicked off the 30-minute performance, a song that appeared on Kanye West's 2004 debut album, "The College Dropout," for which Kweli and Common contributed vocals--and a song that the surprisingly small audience knew very well.

Kweli continued on with "Hot Thing," a sexy single from his latest effort, "Eardrum," which peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 upon its release in 2007. On occasion, the performer would work in his signature free-style flow, talking so quickly, it was hard to catch more than a few obvious terms, like the word of the moment: recession. Before the venue pulled the plug--something about time restrictions on unsanctioned SXSW music--Kweli was able to get in "We Got the Beat," complete with a troupe of b-boys (a one b-girl) who flung themselves around on stage, catching the entire audience by storm.

(video courtesy of erob45)

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