The best concerts have lots of pyrotechnics, which is why classical pianists always wear asbestos pants. Insulate yourself from boredom with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Talib Kweli at The Sound Academy. For $15, you get one general-admission G-Pass on Friday, June 1, at 9 p.m. (up to a $28.25 value including fees). Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
"From the day Talib Kweli made his studio debut with Mos Def on 1998′s Black Star, he’s been the uncontested king of underground hip-hop." These words began Consequence of Sound's review of Kweli's last album, Gutter Rainbows, and it's hard to argue with the sentiment. Since his legendary stint with the aforementioned duo, Kweli has produced a discography recognized as being both socially conscious and commercially viable, all while retaining an edge of street credibility. Live, he eschews the legion of hype men and sweat-suited mannequins typically seen in hip-hop performances, instead entertaining audiences with nothing more than his DJ and his voice as he blazes through verbally dexterous cuts such as "Get By." A sped up sample of Nina Simone's "Sinnerman" ebbs and flows as he spits lyrical gems throughout the song. "Ask him why some people got to live in a trailer, cuss like a sailor. I paint a picture with the pen like Norman Mailer."
Prior to Kweli unearthing his trove of rhymes, J. Pinder weaves gritty narratives over spooky synthesizers on tracks such as "Dream Killers," and 4th Pyramid takes a break from producing for the likes of MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan to send heads bobbing with his evocative soul grooves and liquid drawl. A set from DJ Big Jacks kicks off the festivities, giving him the opportunity to shake the walls with his bass-heavy remixes and play a game of vinyl frisbee with the audience.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Lights stream down from all directions onto the stage at Sound Academy as audience members stand transfixed. Heightening the kaleidoscope, the crystal-clear sound system allows concertgoers to hear even the most subtle hiccups of the performers.
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