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Talib Kweli, Actual Proof

When: Thu., Feb. 16, 9 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 17, 9 p.m. 2017

It's highly improbable that revolutionary-minded Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli will ever reunite with his former partner Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) for another Black Star album, but Kweli's career has been as busy as his rhyme patterns, and his other partnerships have been just as productive. There's his relationship with longtime producer Hi-Tek over two Reflection Eternal albums, his experimental dip with vocalist Res as the provocative duo Idle Warship, his Javotti Records label venture with 9th Wonder's Jamla Records and Pharoahe Monch's W.A.R. Media as Indie 500, and, most recently, a joint album and tour with Styles P of the Lox. Kweli brings that work ethic to Durham in a weeklong artist's residency at Duke, where he'll take part in two public conversations on music and politics, perform back-to-back nights at Motorco, and guest-deejay for 9th Wonder's monthly 95 Live party in Raleigh. Hopefully, all these bookings mean that he'll be spending less time on social media fighting off bigoted Twitter trolls, so that we get maximum time to enjoy the man responsible for the Nina Simone-inspired hip-hop anthem "Get By" to help us get through these dreary Trump-drunk days. —Eric Tullis

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