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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek
@The Fillmore
May 24, 2010

Better than: prom

The 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 for a large crowd of enthusiastic fans.

Doors opened as the venue began to welcome guests at 8pm, and the early birds started to trickle in slowly. The house had a great vibe with people hanging out at the bar, running around with friends, and dancing with dates in the middle of the floor to some amazing old school jams thanks to DJ Clockwork, the evening's side entertainment. People were bobbing their heads, looking at each other and saying, "I haven't heard this song in forever!" cheering at the recognition of the first few beats of their favorites and singing along.

  • Jason Rosete

As soon as San Diego based rap group Strong Arm Steady hit the stage, spectators were just getting warmed up. The raspy voiced MCs took the stage and performed such songs as "15 Bricks" to conclude their short opening set backed by house DJ Clockwork. Inviting their entourage on stage for the final song, Strong Arm Steady ended with a bang, spraying water into the crowd, and jumping around smoking j's.

  • Jason Rosete

Next up was Inglewood based rap group U-N-I, a high energy duo of independent artists that people in the crowd had only come to see that night. After the first few songs in their set, "Eye of the Tiger" began to play as they hyped up the crowd and brought out their special guest, a huge stuffed tiger to join them on stage for the remaining songs. This was not long before they invited a group of hand picked ladies from the crowd to join them on stage as well. Some were really into it, and some had questionable dance moves, but people seemed to love it, and those who booed were just jealous according to Thurzday, one of U-N-I's MCs.

  • Jason Rosete

The time came for Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek to grace the stage, sporting starter caps and sunglasses, jumping up and down with a crowd that was doing the exact same thing. They started with "Move Somethin'", a single off of their first album Train of Thought, with the entire house's arms in the air. DJ Hi-Tek took hold of the turntables shortly after and they led into such songs as Blackstarr's "Definition", accompanied by the music video playing on the big screen on stage. "Too Late" and "Hot Thing" got everyone moving and singing along, excited for the fact that the two MCs were on stage together again, touring to promote their new release entitled "Revolutions Per Minute". Things got somber when they began a tribute for Guru, and other important hip hop figures lost in the past year. Talib freestyled while images flashed on the big screen of Gang Starr and Guru and DJ AM. But after that moment, both MCs had everyone chanting "we love music", because even in a time of recession, artists are still paying to make music, and fans are still shelling out the dough to buy it. Why? Because "we love music".

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