Monday, April 12, 2010

Talib Kweli & Jean Grae @ The Forum - 9/4/10

Last Friday I got out to The Forum to see Talib Kweli and Jean Grae play back to back.
I must say it was a really good concert that ended in a way I haven't seen before.

Talib and Jean were scheduled to play an hour each. Jean put together a solid set, with one back up singer, starting off wearing a dress and singing some slow stuff followed by a quick wardrobe change into some street gear to match the rhymes she was spitting. After her hour was up, Talib came on and really electrified the crowd when he played about 3 of his tracks with Jean. After those tracks, he kept the crowd moving with tracks from throughout his career including a little bit of Blackstar. He didn't do too much talking as he seemed to be just feeding off the crowd's energy and us off his.

He went way over his alloted time. His 1 hour slot turned into 80 minutes, finishing up with his classic 'Get By'. Then he popped back out for an unexpected encore and played another 20 minutes. After that, just when we thought he was really done he came back and said "F**k this, we goin have this after party right here, lets get all the girls and guys down in front up onto the stage" and then his DJ blasted Biggie's Hypnotize to the delight of the bumper crowd. Didn't seem like anyone left. A real party atmosphere. Kweli didn't leave the stage either, he just stood up next to his DJ sipping shampagne from the bottle and fist bumping fans on stage.

I've been to 72 concerts and counting... Haven't seen that before. Truely a good night and a good concert

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