Talib Kweli to Play Commonwealth Lounge, Fullerton

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One of the most celebrated of the "concious rappers" (yeah, we think it's a silly term, too), Talib Kweli will bring his brilliantly thoughtful flow to Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton on March 2. The rapper visits Orange County fresh off a tour of Europe--he plays Paris today. Reflection Eternal, his hip-hop duo with DJ Hi-Tek, are scheduled to release Revolution Per Minute  April 6. It will be only their second proper studio album since 2000's acclaimed Train of Thought--if we're lucky, Kweli will debut material from the highly anticipated record.

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After spending years just outside the mainstream, Kweli's 2007 solo album Eardrum came out on Warner Bros. and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Kanye West and will.i.am were among the producers and Norah Jones made a cameo, but the rhymes remain as sharply focused, reflective and fiery as what fans have come to expect from Kweli. In addition to his studio success, the rapper enjoys a reputation as putting on an intense live shows. So, yeah, mark your calendars!

Talib Kweli,
Commonwealth Loung, Fullterton, Tues., March 2, 8 p.m. $20.
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