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2012 SXSW Recap: Real Rap Vacation

Tired as fuck, I walked out of the “Killer Mike R.A.P. Music Showcase“ Wednesday. After getting outside, I wondered why DJ Detox was bullshitting and not outside.  I walked back inside and he was making small talk with the GZA.

When I found the GZA and Detox, a small crowd had also found the GZA.
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Duck Down VS Blacksmith SXSW Showcase (Talib Kweli/ Pharoahe Monch/ Mr. MFN. eXquire + more)

Friday, March 16th at La Zona Rosa (8PM)
Presented by Karmaloop.com

Date: Friday, March 16th
Venue: La Zona Rosa (612 West 4th Street)
Doors Open at 8PM / Performances Start Promptly at 9PM

All Ages Welcome

SXSW Badge Holders Enter For Free!

Performances by:
Talib Kweli w/ live band
Pharoahe Monch
Jean Grae
Buckshot
Smif N Wessun
Mr. MFN eXquire
Bad Rabbits
Iron Solomon
Vince Staples & Michael Uzi
The Famous Mr. Nobodys
Promise

Music by DJ Statik Selektah + a ‘Population Control’ set with performances from Lecrae, Termanology & more.

Complimentary product courtesy of Reebok at the showcase

Video: Black Star & the Roots “You Already Knew” & “Little Brother” on Jimmy Fallon

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnff3w

Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasien Bey)performed “You Already Knew” (above) and “Litte Brother” (below) with the help of the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnff7b

If you like interesting storys then visit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s website to hear Questlove explain the late J. Dilla’s process when making the beat for “Little Brother” and how the song came about.

Video: Talib Kweli “Distractions”

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “Distractions” is produced by Oh No. The video was directed by Darryl Phillips, of ICU Media.
Obviously this video was filmed at  Occupy Wall Street.

Distractions is Talib Kweli’s first leak off his upcoming Prisoner of Consciousness album. If you remember Kweli did an accepella version of this song at Occupy Wall Street a few months ago.

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Listen: Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasein Bey) “You Already Knew” & “Fix-Up”

It’s Black Friday, Blackk Friday and also #BlackStarFriday

Talib Kweli and Yasein Bey (Mos Def) are sharing two songs with their fans.
You Already Knew is off Black Star’s upcoming mixtape ‘Black Star Aretha’ produced by OhNo that pays tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Fans can download this song at Blackstarhub.

After the jump, Fix-Up. It’s a Black Star single produced by Madlib.

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Video: Duck Down VS Blacksmith 2011 CMJ Showcase Recap (ft Kweli, Buckshot + Much more.)

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Directed and Filmed by Brian Petchers Filmed by Will Sanderson Filmed by Johnny Ferri

Kweli announced this Duck Down vs. Blacksmith showcase from a chair at the Colbert Show a few weeks ago

Here is the recap video from the sold out CMJ showcase at the Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring performances from Skyzoo & Statik Selektah, Kidz In The Hall, Smif N Wessun, Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli & Buckshot with the live band.

Video: Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monche, Buckshot and Jean Grae Rehearsing For Duck Down vs. Blacksmith CMJ Showcase

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Talib Kweli and them are going all out for October 22nd’s Duck Down Vs. Blacksmith CMJ Showcase at Williamsburg Hall.  Liveband and whatnot.
Ticket info &  full line-up.
Stream Via Red Bull if you can’t make it to the show.
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Video:Talib Kweli Live Accapella at #OccupyWallStreet

Pitchfork points out that the Village Voice pointed out that Talib Kweli showed up last night(Thursday) to perform Distractions for Occupy Wall Street Protestors.

This comes on the heels of Talib Kweli and Mos Def are Blackstar performing a new song “Fix-Up” on the Colbert Report Wednesday.

Video:Talib Kweli Announces Duck Down Vs. Blacksmith CMJ Showcase from The Set of the Colbert Report

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Talib Kweli & Mos Def aka BlackStar will be on the Colbert Report Tonight(Wednesday), which airs at 11:30pm. Blackstar will debut a new song “Fix Up” tonight on the air.

Yesterday, Blackstar cancelled their New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Indianapolis shows.

So today, Kweli hopped in the Colbert Chair to film this PSA about the Duck Down Records vs. Blacksmith CMJ Showcase on October 22nd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The showcase features performances by Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Kidz In The Hall, Promise & a special ‘Population Control’ music set by Statik Selektah.

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Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Fall Tour Dates 2011

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If you were like me and missed Rock the Bells this year then this next announcement will make you really happy.

Guerilla Union and House of Blues have partnered to send Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star on a Rock the Bells tour where they rock their 1998 ground-breaking self-titled debut album.

If you live in Ohio then be stoked on the Cleveland and Cinci dates.

BLACK STAR Tour Dates
09.21 Detroit, MI – St Andrews
09.22 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
09.23 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09.27 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore
09.28 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10.05 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10.06 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
10.29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11.03 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11.04 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
11.05 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11.11 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room