The James Lipton of hip-hop continues his monthly “Noisemakers” series, this month featuring Brooklyn’s Talib Kweli. Personally, we have alwasy thought the idea was brilliant, and we’ve enjoyed previous sessions with hip-hop luminaries, including DJ Premier and Raekwon. We expect Kweli to be a fascinating interview, get there if you can. Click here for advance tickets.
UPDATE: J. Period will be on the turntables and has an EP available for free download, specifically oriented toward the event.
Truelements Music & Peter Rosenberg present: J.Period & Talib Kweli “The Noisemakers EP”: 3 Exclusive New Remixes + Freestyles Starring Talib Kweli & Remixed by J.Period!! J.Period & Talib Kweli’s “Noisemakers EP” celebrates the latest installment of Peter Rosenberg’s critically-acclaimed Noisemakers series, going down on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 92YTribeca; a LIVE, in-depth, on-stage interview event with hip hop’s most notable personalities (past guests include: DJ Premier, Questlove, Q-Tip, and Raekwon)! J.Period & Talib Kweli’s “Noisemakers EP” also offers an advanced preview of J.Period’s top secret, upcoming mixtape collaboration with Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek) coming soon.
Noisemakers: Talib Kweli
Wed, Oct 21, Doors 7 pm, $15
200 Hudson Street | www.92YTribeca.org | 212.601.1000
Noisemakers is a monthly series hosted by Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg that combines candid interviews with leading hip-hop artists and the music that made them legendary. Past guests have included Q-Tip, Questlove, DJ Premier and Raekwon, and the series has been praised by XXL and The Village Voice as one of the best things to happen to New York hip-hop in years. On October 21, Rosenberg sits down with rapper Talib Kweli to explore the Brooklyn native’s illustrious career as a solo artist, his work with Mos Def as part of Black Star and with Hi Tek as part of Reflection Eternal, as well as his recent launch of his label, Blacksmith Music. This in-depth interview is followed by a musical tribute to Kweli’s career.
Talib Kweli came up in the late ’90s alongside Mos Def and DJ Hi-Tek as part of the seminal groups Black Star and Reflection Eternal. Black Star’s classic self-titled album was the culmination of a movement that had been building in the New York underground hip-hop scene for years and launched Kweli into the realm of hip-hop’s most elite lyricists. Kweli and Hi-Tek’s group Reflection Eternal’s debut album, Train of Thought, is seen by many as a return to the golden age of hip-hop. In 2002 Kweli released a solo album, Quality, on which he collaborated with a host of different artists, including a still largely unknown Kanye West. In 2006 he and long-time manager Corey Smyth established Blacksmith Music to take Kweli’s musical aesthetic to the next level. Eardrum, Kweli’s debut album on Blacksmith, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and features guests like Hi-Tek, Kanye West, will.i.am, Norah Jones and Justin Timberlake.
Peter Rosenberg ‘s voice can be heard every weekday morning on Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg, a morning show that is revolutionizing urban radio, and every Sunday night on Real Late with Peter Rosenberg. An avid hip-hop fan since childhood, Rosenberg worked in radio for 10 years at college, urban, rock, talk and satellite stations, before landing his dream job at Hot 97. He has been praised by XXL, The Source, Scratch, and Vibe magazines for being one of the only purveyors of true hip-hop in the mainstream media. He has appeared on VH1, HBO, MTV, been quoted in The Atlantic Monthly and been covered by countless websites and blogs. The Noisemakers series at 92YTribeca has given Peter the opportunity to be a hip-hop journalist and cultivator of hip-hop oral history.