Daily Archives: August 3, 2017
Talib Kweli Announces Three-Month Residency At The Blue Note To Celebrate 15th Anniversary Of Quality
Talib Kweli has a three-month residency at the Blue Note jazz club in New York City to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his classic album Quality. Kweli’s stint starts in September with a live band and will continue until January 2018. Quality was Kweli’s debut album and it immediately established his solo identity outside of his partnership with Yasiin Bey as one-half of Black Star. The residency will be his seventh time appearing at the club since 2014. Legendary for the jazz label it is named after and the artists who have performed on its stage, the Blue Note has hosted hip-hop concerts from The Roots, Big Daddy Kane, Lauryn Hill, Prodigy and others. To buy tickets for the shows beginning on September 7th go to the Blue Note site.
LL Cool J will become the Kennedy Center’s first hip-hop honoree in its 40-year history. On December 3rd he will be inducted along with Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, television mogul luminary Norman Lear and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade. The center is developing a relationship with hip-hop that started has included Q-Tip becoming the artistic director of hip-hop culture in 2016. LL released a statement regarding the honor,
“My late grandmother passed some wise advice to me: ‘If a task is once begun, never leave it ’til it’s done. Be thy labor great or small, do it well or not at all.’ That adage has guided everything I have ever done in my life and I couldn’t be more grateful because it has led me here,” he says. “To be the first rap artist honored by the Kennedy Center is beyond anything I could have imagined. I dedicate this honor to the hip-hop artists who came before me and those who came after me. This simply proves that dreams don’t have deadlines. God is great.”
The 49-year old rapper who became rap’s first solo star in the 80’s, is also the youngest person to receive the honor. The ceremony will air Tuesday, December 26th at 9 PM ET.