Talib Kweli And The Best Hip-Hop Show I Ever Went To
Best Hip-Hop show I ever went to was about 7 or 8 years ago, it was supposed to be a Talib Kweli show in a random warehouse in Hollywood.
My and my 3 friends were big fans and had see nearly every show he played in SoCal. Talib is notorious for putting on a hell of a show that always ended up becoming an impromptu house party. He always brought on special guests and would drift off from playing his own music to having his DJ, Chaps, throw on other classics, like the Jackson 5, James Brown, etc.
This particular night was insane because it was, at the time, the biggest venue Kweli had played in in LA but the place was only big enough for, at best, 1,000 people. but Talib pulled out all the big guns, Mos Def showed up as well as Chali 2na. And, like always, Krondon and some of the Strong Arm Steady boys came out and did a few songs.
Now, it’s like 11 pm, Kweli was supposed to end his set at 10pm, and this is where shit got insane. Talib got on the mic, put the music on pause and said he had one more special guest for the night. As the crowed waited in anticipation Kweli yells out, “Lil Jon, everyone!”
The crowed was perplexed Lil Jon? That’s not the type of music this crowd listens to. And then it happened, we all heard the famous yelling on the speakers, “YEAAAAAAAAAH! WHHHHAAAAAAAT! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!”
Dave Chappelle comes out in his Lil Jon outfit accompanied by Donnell Rawlings (Ashy Larry) doing the robot. The place exploded into a near-riot. Kweli, 2na, everyone got into an awesome dance grove, they invited girls onto the stage and the party popped off. You have to understand that this was like 2005 or 2006. It was the height of The Chappelle Show. This was the most famous man in the Urban social circle and there we was, in fake dreds, 5 feet from us, doing the robot to some James Brown. There’s only one word that comes to mind to describe this night; Legendary.