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    July 10, 2014

    New music festival will bring Edward Sharpe, Talib Kweli and more to City Park

    A new music festival called Chive Fest is coming to Denver this August, and the lineup is no small affair. It features Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more. The full roster is below. The festival is a collaboration between photo website The Chive and C3 Presen ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Live Review: Talib Kweli at Cervantes' Masterpiece, with Big K.R.I.T., 10/27/13

    TALIB KWELI at CERVANTES' MASTERPIECE BALLROOM | 10/27/13 Last night, Cervantes' hosted one of the more interesting pairings in recent memory. The bill featured Talib Kweli, a New York native often lumped in the conscious rap category, and Big K.R.I.T. a Southern Rapper with a huge underground follo ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    New Denver shows on sale this week: Third Eye Blind, Big K.R.I.T, Big Freedia, Lissie

    Third Eye Blind is making its way back to Denver for a show at the Gothic Theatre on Friday, December 6. Tickets ($30) go on sale this Friday, September 27, at 10 a.m. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week, what songs are being played on local radio and what's selling at local r ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    The ten best all-star remixes in rap

    In music, the term "remix" can mean a lot of different things, even in rap. But one of the most celebrated traditions in the rap industry is collecting verses from the hottest names in the game for a second go-around on a tried-and-true instrumental. On the one hand, you can wind up with a collectio ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in August

    AMERICA'S MOST WANTED FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | FRI, 8/23/13 The America's Most Wanted Festival features some of the most talented and successful artists to come out of the South in a long time, including Lil Wayne, whose name speaks for itself and whose March album I Am Not a Human Being II has ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Pretty Lights

    A Color Map of the Sun
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    March 28, 2013

    The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this April

    SAGE FRANCIS @ FOX THEATRE | THU, 4/18 When evaluating an artist like Sage Francis, the question inevitably arises: Should a musician be cherished for the values they hold and their loyalty to said values or their ability to make enjoyable and listenable music? If it's the former, then Sage Francis ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The 50 best rap lyrics of all time: Complete list

    Last week, we took a look at the fifty worst rap lyrics of all time. Going through all the dreck and drivel to get to the crème de la crème of crappiness was tedious and rather exhausting. This week, we even things out by taking a look at the other end of the spectrum and examining rap lyrics to f ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13 Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a f ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Ten best hip-hop shows in Denver this month

    February is already off to a good start for hip-hop with a pair of great shows this past weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at Icelantic's Winter on the Rocks and Brother Ali with Prof, Danny Brown and Evidence at Cervantes'. Even excluding those shows, the rest of the month looks to be just as enti ... More >>

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    May 12, 2012

    Black Star at Cervantes', 5/11/12

    BLACK STAR @ CERVANTES' | 05.11.12 The first strains of the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" started blaring through the speakers as Yasiin Bey shook himself onto the stage to thunderous screams of applause. Wielding an red old school "drop mike," the Brooklyn MC fist pumped and enticed the cr ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: the Fray, the Lumineers, Leftover Salmon, Drake and more

    Welcome to the weekend! The sun's hiding this morning and rain's in the forecast for the next few days, but even that can't dampen spirits today. The Nuggets destroyed the Lakers last night, and you've got another full slate of local goodness on tap this weekend: Tonight the Fray kicks off a two-nig ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    #ShitRappersSay on stage in Denver

    The next few days kick off what will no doubt be a summer of hip-hop shows to remember in the Mile High City: Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli (as Black Star) will be swooping through the town this weekend, as will Drake on his Club Paradise Tour, featuring J.Cole, Waka Flocka, 2Chainz, ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012

    Black Star

    Friday, May 11, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

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    April 16, 2012

    Talib Kweli keynote speaker at Metro State College for its Sankofa Lecture Series

    Talib Kweli got all hip-hop scholarly this past Friday as the keynote speaker for the spring Sankofa Lecture Series at Metropolitan State College of Denver. The event was designed to focus on the anthropology of hip-hop, and Kweli, who was succinct and clear with his message, was absolutely dynamic ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Black Star show at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom this Saturday moved to Friday, May 11

    Update (4/10): We've confirmed that Talib Kweli will indeed be performing at Cervantes this Satruday, April 14, in place of Black Star, originally slated for that same date but moved to 5/11. Tickets for the show are $5 ($10 on Saturday for those under 21). Heads up, hip-hop heads: Black Star (the ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Win tickets to see Talib Kweli tonight at Beta

    Update: Contest is over. Congrats to David Roth. He and a guest will be our guests at Beta tonight. Thanks for all the entries. Happy Thanksgiving. Whatcha doing tonight? Partying, we presume. You do know that next to New Year's Eve, tonight is the hottest club night of the year, right? Well, it is ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    A first look at Foodchain's new video for "Yes Indeed (G-Girl)" from the Corpses album

    ​Foodchain, still riding high off the re-release of its Showoff Digital debut, Corpses, and the acclaim the crew has earned from respected rap heads like Statik Selektah, Big Pooh and Talib Kweli, is back with the second video from the record, "Yes Indeed (G-girl)." Before pressing play, you h ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Tonight: Hip Hop Fest at Cervantes' featuring Fashawn

    ​Though his debut album, Boy Meets World, came out in 2009, rapper Fashawn has flourished more within the realm of the mixtape, a format he's been using since 2006. Among his many mixtape releases came Ode to Illmatic, a track-by-track take on the classic Nas album that showcased Fashawn's unc ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Talib Kweli at Cervantes, 12/03/10

    ​ TALIB KWELI With Chicharones • Food Chain 12.03.10 | Cevantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Talib Kweli embodied the tried-and-true show-business rule that no matter what, the show must go on. Having seen him live tons of times, I usually come with the premise that if you've seen the Brooklyn MC ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    The Food Chain practices "Reverse Psychology" and prepares to shoot video with Talib Kweli

    ​To coincide with the reissue of Corpses, the debut full-length from the Food Chain, which dropped this week on iTunes, Showoff Digital,the group's label headed by Statik Selektah, premiered the video for "Reverse Psychology," a bonus track from the re-release, earlier this week. The clip fe ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    John Mellencamp, Rose Hill Drive, Tech N9ne shows announced

    ​Touring in support of his latest effort, No Better Than This, John Mellencamp comes to the Temple Buell Theatre on Wednesday, April 6. Tickets range from $44.50 to $130 and go on sale this Friday, October 29 at 10 a.m. -- and include a digital download of the T Bone Burnett-produced album, wh ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    The Foodchain signs distro deal with Statik Selektah's Showoff Digital imprint

    Marci Johnson​ Props are due to the Foodchain, which has reportedly signed a distribution deal with Statik Selektah's Showoff Records imprint. Statik delivered the news himself last week during his Showoff Radio program on Sirius's Shade 45 channel (listen after the jump), when he played "Ric ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Mile High hip-hop on the move: Food Chain and Time on CMJ hip-hop chart.

    ​ Looks like props are due to Food Chain and Time, whose new releases both registered on the CMJ Hip-Hop chart this month. Time's Naked Dinner, which entered the charts late last month, peaked at #19, while Food Chain's Corpses, which features a track with Talib Kweli that's garnered the atte ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    The Foodchain's Corpses coming to life

    Wow! Corpses, the new album from the Foodchain, a group profiled in these pages last week, has been out just over a week now, and it's already generating a swelling buzz across the nation. The blog 2DopeBoyz posted a track from the new album featuring Talib Kweli, as did -- talk about a s ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Gothic Theatre

    Letitia Salazar​Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, DCQ, Spoke-In-WordzGothic TheatreFriday, August 21, 2009Better Than: anything Lil Wayne or Drake could pull offMos Def hasn't headlined a nationwide tour since the Lyricist Lounge tour in 2000, where he recruited folks like Bernie Worrell (of ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Booze, beats and bachelorettes

    Letitia Salazar​ It was a busy weekend in Denver, with a fashion show on Thursday, Mos Def and Talib Kweli at the Bluebird on Friday, the Avett Brothers at the Ogden on Saturday, the Flaming Lips at Red Rocks on Sunday, and the grand opening of a new nightclub downtown. So if you're looking t ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Last Night: Rock the Bells at Red Rocks

    Aaron Thackeray​Rock the Bells 2009 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Thursday, August 6, 2009 Better than: ringtone rap, anything associated with Auto-Tune or listening to the self-proclaimed newly anointed "King of Pop," Kanye West, talk about himself endlessly. Since 2003, Rock the Bells has been the pre ... More >>

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    March 7, 2008
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    February 14, 2008


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    January 31, 2008

    Talib Kweli

    Friday, February 1, Gothic Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    December 26, 2007
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    August 24, 2007

    Last Night: Rock the Bells @ Red Rocks

    Rock the Bells @ Red Rocks Wednesday, August 22 Red Rocks Better than: Ninety percent of the hip-hop you see on television and hear on the radio. This acts on this bill hardly get any radio or video play anymore. It’s been almost ten years since a quality hip-hop festival played at Red Rocks. ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    Supernatural Speaks His Mind

    Words are a weapon for hip-hop's reigning freestyle king.

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    February 22, 2007

    On the Download

    Linking you to the best in legitimate, artist-approved exclusives.

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    November 30, 2006

    Talib Kweli

    Friday, December 1, Ogden Theatre, 1-866-468-7621.

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    November 10, 2005

    Pharoahe Monch

    Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-2525.

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    October 27, 2005

    Danger Doom

    The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)

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    July 28, 2005


    Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures (7 Grand Records)

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    November 11, 2004

    Talib Kweli

    The Beautiful Struggle (Rawkus)

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    May 20, 2004

    Love the Player is more than just a website. For some, it's a way of life.

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    April 22, 2004

    Dead Prez

    RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta (Sony/Columbia)

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    August 14, 2003
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    March 14, 2002

    Hit Pick


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    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

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    November 9, 2000

    Eternal Life

    Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reflect on the once and future world of hip-hop.

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    December 24, 1998

    Year-End Close-Out

    We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.

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    December 3, 1998

    The Major and the Minor

    A roundup of big-name recordings that live up (or down) to expectations.

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