Today, Talib Kweli is one of the greatest rappers alive and just last night he performed to a sold out crowd at The Waiting Room in Omaha, Nebraska. His opening acts included Hasan Salaam, Niko IS, and a great performance by Immortal Technique. The highlight of the show was clearly the Brooklyn-based rapper though, and he dropped a lot of knowledge on a crowd that seemed to appreciate every word he spoke.
Something happened about midway through the show, and it is something that has been taking place a lot of the time when Talib picks up a microphone and shares his voice with masses of human beings. He stopped rapping and starting just talking to the crowd.
“… mainstream, corporate, commercialized hip-hop… which while, that’s the hip-hop that all of us pay attention to… even everybody in this room… and let’s keep it real. That’s the hip-hop most of us pay attention to, cause we spend a lot of time talking about how much we don’t like Nikki Minaj, Drake, Little Wayne… and we spend a lot of time talking about that. .. And don’t front like ya’ll don’t. And we spend not a lot of time celebrating what you do like. And you know why I know? Cause more people like the real s*** than the bulls**, but the bulls*** sells more. That’s how I know. Because people vote with their dollars. That’s what we are doing right now. I’m not an iPod. I’ve got something to say. I’m here to express myself. Enjoy the live experience. If you care about hip-hop, you have a responsibility to support what you like.”
These words of Talib Kweli are absolute truth. Support the music you like and love with your dollars by purchasing their albums and going to their concerts. Also, click on the link to view his opening song called “Palookas” from his 2011 album Gutter Rainbows.