Socially conscious Hip-Hop artist performs on campus

Talib Kweli performing in campus' first major concert of the year and first hip-hop concert in more than half a decade | October 11, 2004

Talib Kweli, a nationally renowned hip-hop artist and socially conscious rapper, performed on Friday, Oct. 29, at the Cintas Center. Kweli is especially popular in the Tri-state because his former deejay, Hi-Tek, is a Cincinnati native who still resides in the area.

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.