A Brooklyn native, Kweli collaborated with Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige and Kanye West on his new album, “The Beautiful Struggle.” The album’s first single, “I Try” with Mary J. Blige, is steadily climbing the charts and both MTV and BET have shown the music video.
Before Kweli took the stage, however, Xavier students held the first-ever "college freestyle battle" among local college up-and-coming rappers. The winner received a cash prize and the chance to perform in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 people.
The last time the student activities council sponsored a rapper was in 1999 with Biz Markie. The year before the University hosted Wyclef Jean.