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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Respond to the Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Musicians Respond to the Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Unless you ignore every single source of media readily available to you, you will have already heard about the strange case of Rachel Dolezal: the Caucasian leader of Washington State's NAACP who has been pretending to be African-American for her…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

Given the unrest in Baltimore this week — and out of solidarity with those that feel the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, from injuries received while in police custody, was unjust (to say the very least) — our weekly quotes…
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Music, Hear This Idle Warship: Show Preview

Idle Warship: Show Preview

Developed outside of the auspices of a market-driven major record label, the duo known as Idle Warship — consisting of Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli and Philadelphia singer Res — sounds like two open-minded friends having a lot of fun making…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

Why Musicians Matter to the Occupy Movement

It's been over two weeks since the protest in SF's financial district commenced -- prompted by the occupation of Wall Street that started almost a month ago -- and four days since Oakland joined this now apparently worldwide movement. As…
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Music, All Shook Down DJ Shadow's <i>The Less You Know The Better</i>: A First Listen

DJ Shadow's The Less You Know The Better: A First Listen

Let's get this out of the way right from the off: DJ Shadow's fourth solo studio album, The Less You Know The Better, won't finally stop long-time fans from requesting that he makes a true sequel to 1996's Endtroducing.…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Black Star Zion I DJ Mr. E July 31, 2010 @The Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: A decade's worth of (mostly) socially indifferent mainstream hip-hop. Nearly twelve years after the release of their only full-length collaboration -- 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek at The Fillmore

Last Night: Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek at The Fillmore

Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek @The Fillmore May 24, 2010 Better than: promThe Fillmore was a buzz with another all ages fair last night, boasting headliners Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek, also known as Reflection Eternal, to reunite and perform…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek

Concert preview: Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek

Fans have spent a decade clamoring for Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek to follow up the backpack rap classic Train of Thought with another Reflection Eternal album. Anticipation has long since boiled over, but the singles from their upcoming Revolutions Per…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Hip-Hop Live Tour at the Grand Ballroom with Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother

Last Night: Hip-Hop Live Tour at the Grand Ballroom with Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother

Hip-Hop Live Tour Featuring Talib Kweli, David Banner and Little Brother The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center October 2, 2008 Words by Tamara Palmer; Photos by Dmitri Ponce and Tamara Palmer Better than:The sad display that is offered…
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Music, Hear This Talib Calls Her Invincible

Talib Calls Her Invincible

Few MCs straddle the line between artist and activist the way 27-year-old rapper Invincible does. The Detroit-based lyricist fuses hip-hop with social change as a way of life, not as a gimmick, and it's a big part of why watching…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cautiously Extreme

Cautiously Extreme

Remember when ICER Air first came to town on Fillmore Street and all those monks blew a gasket? No? Then you should consider attending this year's event at AT&T Park. Although it has been stripped of its ability to infuriate…
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Music, All Shook Down Talib Kweli To Justify ICER AIR Douche Fest

Talib Kweli To Justify ICER AIR Douche Fest

So November brings yet another asinine extreme sports event to follow up on the X-Games. Just what AT&T needed, more bros doing backflips on motorcycles while their moto-hos listen to ... Mos Def and Talib Kweli?! Jesus. Those conscious…
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Rock the Bells, The Expendables, New Monsoon -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 18

Rock the Bells, 12 noon at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (AT&T Park) . $76. Performing:Sage Francis, Murs, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, MF Doom, The Coup, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Public Enemy, The Roots, Cypress…
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Music, For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

For Whom the Bottom Line Tolls

There's little doubt that the Rock the Bells festival, rolling through the Bay Area this Saturday, is the hottest hip-hop ticket for this summer's touring season. This year's edition of the annual rap circus collects more than 20 of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Talib Kweli <em>Eardum</em> CD Review: Grade -- C

Talib Kweli Eardum CD Review: Grade -- C

Eardrum Blacksmith Records Scheduled release date: August 21 BY BEN WESTHOFF “Conscious rap” needs to be eliminated from hip-hop’s vernacular, or, at the very least, Talib Kweli’s name should be stricken from its rolls. Nobody’s quite sure what the…
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Music, BeatBox Unagi emerges from the local hip hop underground

Unagi emerges from the local hip hop underground

"If skills sold, truth be told/ I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli ," rhymed Jay-Z on his Black Album. It was somewhat of a backhanded compliment for the Brooklyn rapper who has achieved critical, if not overwhelmingly commercial, success since…
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Music, Reviewed RadioActive

RadioActive

The last thing any self-respecting MC wants to be called is "organic," so we offer some harder-sounding lingo for RadioActive's long-awaited debut: "Organgsta rap," maybe, or "Glockoustic jazz." Nah, neither of those terms is playful enough to describe the veteran…
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Music, Reviewed Zion I

Zion I

Potential can be a bitch. Proclaiming that a group has potential is a backhanded compliment at best, implying that that group may be decent or even great in the future, but only in the future. For the past few years,…
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Music, Reviewed Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli is one of the most compelling voices in hip hop, and it isn't because he's an oasis of high-minded political thought in a desert of materialism, misogyny, and PC boogeymen. Despite his billing as the MoveOn.org of hip…
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Calendar, Night&Day

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, May 7, 2003 Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli is most famous as the least famous member of two prominent hip hop duos: Black Star with Mos Def and Reflection Eternal with DJ Hi-Tek. Though he has often been overshadowed by…
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