Talib Kweli

Feb. 1
8 p.m.

Few rappers have ever began their careers better than Talib Kweli. The Brooklyn MC’s first three proper full-lengths — 1998’s Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, 2000’s Hi-Tek collab Train of Thought, and the 2002 solo album Quality — are all bona fide underground-rap classics; songs like his hit Quality single “Get By” encapsulated his gifts for pure, unforced melody and thoughtful, observant lyricism. Really, Kweli has always been admirably uncompromising, and over the years, he’s become something of a cult hero and respected elder statesman. Whereas his longtime collaborator and Black Star partner Mos Def, aka Yasiin Bey, is rarely heard from these days, the 41-year-old Kweli remains prolific. Among his best projects of this decade: 2011’s Gutter Rainbows and 2015’s entirely 9th Wonder-produced Indie 500, the latter of which is the latest example of Kweli’s penchant for working with one super-producer for an entire project. Ever politically conscious, Kweli always has plenty to say about President Donald Trump, calling him a “violent racist,” among other things. With Styles P and K’Valentine.