Hip-Hop

Talib Kweli “Gets By” San Diego

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Music Box isn’t just a place for music, it’s entertainment. The way the venue is set up is creative. In front of the stage is where general admission is and on the side is VIP. It’s very organized and any view is a good view. This is only the first floor!

Space Invadaz

Space Invadaz

On the second floor of music box, is another VIP section and awesome view. However, the third floor is the best spot in the Music Box. There’s a lounge with another bar and fireplace. There’s also a outdoor patio with a very casual set.

Now let’s focus on the music. DJ Spintelect got the crowd moving by playing hip hop classics and rapping along. People were drinking and having a good time. Behind the DJ is a huge screen with different colors and background. The visual effects are stunning.

The host for the Talib Kweli Radio Silence tour came me out to introduce the first performers. Hip Hop duo Space Invaders came out and brought the heat! They had a lot of energy and everyone had their arms in the air. Before Space Invaders left the stage, they gave the mic floor to DJ Spintelect and he was scratching like there’s no tomorrow.

Niko IS

Niko IS

The second artist Niko IS came out shortly and fans were excited. The Orlando, Florida rapper gave a fantastic performance. Niko IS was very enthusiastic and entertaining. He grabbed the microphone stand and pretended to play the guitar and was having fun. More and more people came to the Music Box and it was crowded. Everyone was ready for Talib Kweli.

It was past 11pm but everyone was still patiently waiting for Talib Kweli. The Brooklyn rapper came out and fans were screaming in excitement. Talib Kweli started off with some old music before playing music from his 16th album Radio Silence. It is a impressive accomplishment to release 16 albums. He even joked to the crowd that he couldn’t remember some song lyrics.

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

In the middle of the show, Talib Kweli stopped rapping to play a message from Dave Chappelle. A video played on the huge screen behind the DJ. The message from Dave Chappelle was to not live your life through a small screen aka your phone. He mentions to live life in the moment and enjoy it. Talib Kweli told the crowd to stay in the moment and don’t focus so much on social media. At the end of the day, focus on yourself. It was a great teaching moment for everyone at Music Box.

After the Dave Chappelle video, Talib Kweli went back to rapping. The crowd put their hands in the air and rapped along with Talib Kweli. It was a fun evening and there was much love at Music Box.

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Arik Ruiz

March 11th, 2018

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