Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) coming to the Straz Center in Tampa
As was the case with Lauryn Hill, here's a hip-hop show we didn't see coming.
Black Star, the thinking man's hip-hop duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli, is coming to the Straz Center in Tampa on Oct. 2. They'll perform in Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets start at $36.50, and will go onsale to the general public at noon Friday (8/26). Click here for details.
It's a banner show for fans of the progressive hip-hop movement of the late '90s. Both men have achieved significant solo success and acclaim, but their first and only album, 1998's Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, was such a critical smash that ... well, here we are, 13 years later, still talking about it, and still psyched that they're once again touring together. At this show, not only will they perform Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star in its entirety, they'll also perform their own solo hits.
Though both Def and Kweli have toured together in the past (most recently in Tampa in 2005), a full-scale Black Star tour is a long time coming.
Kweli has stuck mostly to music, and still tours regularly -- he and Black Star producer Hi-Tek performed at the Ritz Ybor last November. But the mercurial Mos Def fell into a pretty amazing acting career (The Italian Job, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, HBO's Something The Lord Made), and while he still makes music, he's been known to flake out on a concert or two. Or three. Or four. (In fact, this may be one of those "we'll believe it when we see it" shows. The Orange County Register reports that Black Star failed to show up for a reunion gig at last weekend's Rock The Bells Festival.)
As far as we're concerned, as long as they play Definition one time, all will be forgiven.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*