Talib Kweli Kept It Humble

Brooklyn Bowl, March 6


Photo by Chase Stevens/ Kabik Photo Group

If you’ve ever wanted to see a Fresh Prince go off, Brooklyn Bowl on Friday night was the place to be. Talib Kweli displayed the charisma of Will Smith’s character in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and he had the looks to match. The 39-year-old Brooklyn emcee performed tracks from nearly all of his albums while sporting a Yankees cap, a Dashiki and Gucci sneakers. Kweli rapped and jumped during the bone-shaking bass of Reflection Eternal’s “Move Somethin’” and encouraged fans to sing along to the infectious hook of Black Star’s “Definition.” The veteran rapper ushered in a few of his hits with the songs from which they were sampled—introducing “Lonely People” with the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and “Get By” with Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman.” Unfortunately the rapper had trouble keeping up with some of his material at times and his signature machine-gun flow turned into indecipherable mumbles. Still, as Kweli shook hands with fans and posed for pictures throughout his performance, he displayed the humble spirit that turned him into a hip-hop legend. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Chase Stevens/ Kabik Photo Group