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Talib Kweli: Jazz Café, London

Angus Batey, The Guardian, 9 July 2007

IF THERE ARE TO BE WINNERS AND LOSERS in what has become hip-hop's year of living introspectively, it would be difficult to think of a more deserving beneficiary than Talib Kweli. The 32-year-old Brooklyn rapper has spent a decade carving out a reputation as a peerless wordsmith, and while his on-record repertoire looks somewhat scant — Eardrum, only his third bona fide solo album, is due out in September — this three-night London residency feels like a coronation.

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