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Talib Kweli 

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One of the great voices in hip-hop performs next spring in Baton Rouge. 

Talib Kweli will bring his "Radio Silence" tour to the Varsity Theatre on Thursday, March 22. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show starts at 9 p.m. with special guests Niko Is and DJ Spintelect (this is a great DJ name). 

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance at ticketweb.com, $25 after doors open. The show is for ages 18 and up. 

A Brooklyn, New York-based MC, Kweli burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with rapper Mos Def. In 1998, the duo released "Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star," an old-school, conscious rap record. 

Kweli's success continued when, in 2000, under the moniker Reflection Eternal, he and DJ/producer Hi-Tek released "Train of Thought." The album peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and featured hits such as "The Blast" (one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever) and "Move Somethin'." 

Kweli has remained a force for the past 17 years with solo albums such as "Quality," "The Beautiful Struggle," and the major label-backed "Eardrum." He has worked with producers and stars such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, De La Soul and Common. In November, Kweli released his eighth studio album, "Radio Silence," on his own label/media company, Javotti Media. 

If you need more reasons to go to this show, remember this: On his then-retirement release, "The Black Album," Jay-Z rapped: "If skills sold, truth be told/I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli." 

This is one of the greatest endorsements of all time. Seriously. 

For more information on the show, visit varsitytheatre.com

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