Talib Kweli


Before going on tour, the Brooklyn-born rapper comes home for a two-night engagement to promote his forthcoming Prisoner of Conscious. Outside of Black Star, his groundbreaking duo with Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, Kweli has carved a niche for himself by blending socially conscious themes with a pop sensibility and cerebral rhymes, never losing sight of the genre’s deep jazz lineage. The pulse of the synth-heavy Prisoner singles like “Upper Echelon” suggests that he remains in top form

Sun., March 17, 9 p.m.; Mon., March 18, 9 p.m., 2013