MUSIC: Talib Kweli Spits Fire at Fete
Friday, March 01, 2013
Sun of Sound
Hip-hop rockers Sun Of Sound kicked off the show with spine-tingling guitars and groovy beats. Making me think of bands like The Roots and Flobots, these guys pumped up the volume and had a stage presence that couldn't be ignored. "Stay Fly", "Cloak And Dagger", "Ms. Jones", "She", "Diary" and "Find My Way" was a great fusion of rhyming and jamming that made for a spectacular treat. Sun Of Sound will be putting out their debut album Post Hip-Hop in April, innovative music to plug into your speakers.
Thr33 Piece Suit
Local rappers Jahpan and Bad Lad did the hosting along with Cadillac Jack on the 1's and 2's to get the crowd hyped up and then Thr33 Piece Suit came up and ripped everything apart. "Outloud", "Can I Do My Thing", "Best Time Ever", "I Wish We Were There", "Think Before You Move", "Take Your Time", "Headnod" and "Brand New Vintage"was filled with energy and had me enjoying every minute of it. Thr33 Piece Suit will be celebrating the release of their new album Brand New Vintage at Fete on March 8th, everyone who goes will get a free advance copy of the album so why wouldn't you want to go?
Cory Mo came up next by his lonesome and possessed the power of a thousand rocket boosters. It was a tad short, but he set everyone up for what was to come with his heartfelt lyrics and ability to invade a stage. Hopefully next time I see him he'll perform longer so I see what else he brings to the table.
The DJ and a drummer then proceeded to have a fly jam session that blew the roof off, the party arrived and was here to stay. The drummer left and the DJ proceeded to spin a great mic of old school and new jams that put the people in the mood. You knew who was up next, it wasn't a mystery at all. The excitement was contagious, the place was packed and everyone waited for just one man. Talib then stormed the stage and the crowd went wild, and a display of genuine hip-hop was sure to leave you in a state of shock. With a bassist and keyboardist joining the drummer and DJ in the fray, Talib had hands in the air like they didn't care for a performance that featured "The Blast", "Distractions", "In This World", "Love Language", "Lonely People" which features a sample of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", a rendition of Eric B & Rakim's "Paid In Full" into "Gutter Rainbows", "Make It Classy".
Cory Mo then joined Talib for "Getting To The Money" and then everyone joined in on a hip hop jam session to lead right into "Wait For You" which featured a medley in the middle of the song of the theme to Peanuts, DMX's "Money, Cash, Hoes", A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario", Boogie Down Productions' "The Bridge Is Over" and Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah", "Upper Echelon", a blast from the past with Blackstar's "Definition" and "Re:Definition", K.O.S (Determination), beautiful singer Res who is with Talib in the hip-hop r&b duo Idle Warship joined him on stage for "Steady", a cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), "Black Snake Moan" and a version of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams".
Talib kept on rollin' with "Move Somethin" and "Get By" to finish off the show. Nobody was leaving yet, chants of "Kweli!!! Kweli!!!!" caught on like wildfire. Talib came on out with his band for a encore with "Going Hard", "Party Robots", "Never Been In Love" and "I'll Try". It's always special to see a rapper having an incredibly talented band behind him but with Talib Kweli it's in a wholly different spectrum. Fete is fun, cool and the sound is impeccable, log on to fetemusic.com to see what's happening next.
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