Not skipping a beat, he jumped onstage, backed by his faithful DJ Chaps for Reflection Eternal staples “Move Somethin'” and “Too Late.” Switching gears, he flipped his verses from Black Star's “Definition” and “Respiration.”
“Who was born in the '70s?” Kweli asked before delivering his part on Danger Doom's “Old School” from The Mouse and the Mask . Shouts followed.
“Who was born in the '80s?” Even more shouts erupted.
“Nah,” he barked. “This is for the over-25 set.” Kweli made it clear he reps for the grown and sexy folk.
Next was “Broken Glass,” produced by the Neptunes and his new single, “Say Something” from Eardrum, featuring Jean Grae (who was surprisingly absent from Kweli's set) and produced by will.i.am.
Fans were treated to another gem off his highly anticipated CD, “Listen!!!” followed by two Madlib collabos, “Over the Counter” and “Funny Money,” both featured on Liberation , a project which was made available for download for the first week of '07 on Stones Throw's Web site and the two artists' MySpace pages.
Slowing it down, he launched into “Lonely People,” from The Beautiful Mix CD.
What happened next was music to the ears. Kweli showed us why he's considered unstoppable with back-to-back freestyles over MIMS' “This Is Why I'm Hot” and the Eurythmics' “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”
Most people are aware that Kweli, like most successful hip-hopreneurs, has started his own label, Blacksmith. One of his signees is the Cali super group, Strong Arm Steady, composed of Mitchy Slick, Phil Da Agony and Krondon.
The crew was on hand to deliver a pair of bangers, and producer Jelly Roll joined them for some crooning. It was all love from coast to coast as East and West rocked the house together.
Just when you thought it was over, Kweli came with the Just Blaze-produced “Never Been In Love,” Quality's “Good To You,” his verse from “Get 'Em High” off Kanye West's The College Dropout , “The Blast” and “Get By.”
Now it's over, you think. The crowd applauds and chants his name. He can't come back … could he, after well over an hour of performing?
Kweli did the unthinkable and returned with another new cut, plus “I Try” and “Africa Dream.” He even invited a special guest, GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, up to perform a few Wu favorites, including “Shadowboxin'.”
“Anyone who calls themself a lyricist is a student of this man,” he declared, pointing at the Genius.
Ending the night on a high note with “We Got The Beat,” Kweli left fans feeling mighty high.Throughout the evening, Kweli bigged up his hometown, Brooklyn, assuring us that, like the song says, if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. On this night, Talib made “it” in Cali.