I had a chance to see two prolific hip hop artists and take a few snaps. Talib Kweli needs no intro, but i wrote a preview piece for BristolLive just in case and Speech Debelle, who won the 2009 Mercury Prize, is one of the most commercially underrated performers in my opinion. Exert from my review below and some highlight photos.
In a lot of ways you can’t really describe, with words, what it’s like to listen and watch Talib Kweli perform. His lyrics are crafted in a way that require multiple listens and in many cases, they require a close reading and dissection. In his more politically charged tracks, raps with intent and purpose. In the cases of singles like ‘Hot Thing’ and ‘Never Been In Love’, he raps with an honesty and vulnerability not normally associated with the genre.