Win Tickets to Talib Kweli's "Prisoner of Conscious" Show at Club Red

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Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli doesn't seem to like downtime. Last year he released the celebrated Gutter Rainbows, and Idle Worship, a nu-soul collaboration with singer-songwriter Res, teamed with Yasiin Bey (his partner in Black Star) for the Colbert Report, and took to the streets for Occupy Wall Street.

It's difficult to figure out exactly when Kweli's new record, Prisoner of Conscious, is set to come out (it's pegged for a "summer 2012" release), but here's what we know: the record's title plays on Kweli's "conscious hip-hop" tag, features RZA, Busta Rhymes, Curren$y, Kendrick Lamar, Melanie Fiona, and more, and he's not waiting around for the album to drop to hit the road in support of it.

Kweli is stopping by Club Red in Tempe on Saturday, July 21, and we have a pair of tickets to giveaway courtesy of Move Forward Music. Want to win? Read on.

1. "Like" us on Facebook, which you can do right here: (Already like us on Facebook? Just skip to step number two.)

2. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite Talib Kweli lyric, guest verse, song, or album. In short, explain what you dig about Kweli. (Be sure to use a working email address when you comment, as this is how we will contact our winners. Your email address will not be displayed and we will not use it for any other purpose.)

Only those who complete both steps are eligible to win the pair of tickets. We will draw a winner Thursday, July 19 at 9 a.m. and the winner will be contacted via email.

Talib Kweli is scheduled to perform Saturday, July 21, at Club Red in Tempe.
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1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

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Tanisha
Tanisha

Favorite song: It's a toss up between Beautiful Struggle and Get By and that's if we're not including his Black Star days.

Robinsmith222
Robinsmith222

what i like about talib is his east coast sound, and the fact that he raps about things more interesting than how big his rims on his rover are, how many women he's slept with, and making it rain! 

Msbeebe82
Msbeebe82

A better question might be what *don't* I dig about Kwe??  His lyrical talent is unmatched; Jay Z said it best, "If skills sold truth be told, I'd probably be lyrically Talib Kweli." We all admire that he's stayed true to himself and his artistic vision ultimately forsaking money and fame: "Why I gotta battle rappers, I debate scholars. Question: Do it gotta make sense if it make dollars?" (guest spot on Kanye's Chain Heavy) No sellout bullsh*t here. But what I really, truly love about Talib Kweli is his innate ability to inspire his listeners; "It ain’t for the well-behaved, the soundtrack for when you’re great, but its more for when you’ve felt afraid." When I'm feeling inadequate, when I feel the fear to fail, it's Kwe who reminds me to "live through my dreams, like Ellen Page Inception...my dreams are my life's reflection." (guest spot on Bryant Dope's Live your Dreams) Kweli's wisdom is my everyday anthem: "I've got a part to play, we going hard these days. F*ck the harder way, we doin it the smarter way. To my god I pray, that's how I start my day....the revolution starts TODAY." Life...it's a beautiful struggle.

danreebes
danreebes

I really like his song Where Do We Go, especially where he says,  "And I may say some things that you don't like to hearI know this: that people lie, people kneelPeople die, people heal, people steal, and people shed tearsWhat's real, blood spills, gun kill, the sun still - riseAbove me, trust me, it must be, morning - timeWake up, the stakes upEverybody want the cake up, to break up with the crewBut when the karma come back for what you doIt's too late to make up - some excuse." causes it so damn true. dreeves37@gmail.com

Alena Merenkova
Alena Merenkova

Quality and A Beautiful Struggle are still some of my favorite albums. And his BlackStar collaboration was so great. He was my introduction to great hip hop. I'd love to see him live again. 

R4real
R4real

He keeps it real and not like the other rappers that have nonsensical lyrics and doing what the label thinks will make money.

C-Soul
C-Soul

"Songs relevant to the times like the psalms read in the Bible  Stepping to this leaves thoughts in your head 'it's suicidal'  It's the T to the A-L-I-B the deep rooter  Rolling with my wanna battle cats who chief buddha  And see through the overspecialized, underpressurized  No lie texturized, emcees who got the masses mesmerized  with empty rhetoric, they better quit  Niggas so hollow that they echo like sentiments  Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted  Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets  Where were you the day hip-hop died? Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride?" Reflection Eternal- "Too Late"Reflection Eternal "Train of Thought" is my favorite of ALL his albums. It, not only brings back memories, but it touches so many subjects! Talib is one of the best emcees out there, and forever will be!

Cydnyhunter
Cydnyhunter

Gave the rest a try, now give the best a tryLeave your nest and I'll make you testifyDamn baby I know we got some haters andI don't care what people sayAs long as you and me okayBecause I never been in love beforeThank you for staying consistent in your beliefs and your message!Cydnyhunter@gmail.com

John Stamas
John Stamas

"Like, in order to spit it dope, you gotta have a criminal past that's similar to the cast of Different Strokes Me and my people break bread, sit and smoke The conversation rich, but that depend on what you consider brokeI draw on anything for inspiration A fond memory, a piece of paper, walls in a train station It's just that I'm old school like that, roll that rap over soul loops like that" MF Doom introduced me to Talib Kweli when he released Danger Doom with Mr. Mouse. His flow comes so naturally and never stagnates. He stays true to himself and continues to work with the best of the best without selling out. I'd love to see him do his thing live! stamas626@yahoo.com

Shiva Scott
Shiva Scott

"Saturday sinners Sunday morning at the feet of the Father They need somethin to rely on, we get high on all types of drug When, all you really need is love To get by.. just to get by Just to get by, just to get by"  This by far is one of my favorite songs....TRUTH! In every word I myself have fallen victim to the verse above. Talib Kweli is anything but main stream hip hop but respected far more than those how are.

Guns2rain
Guns2rain

I like that he has kept it real for almost twenty years or so and hasn't sold out or faded away. His lyrics have meaning and his music is good which you can't say about most artists who are played on the radio.

Robertopsalinas
Robertopsalinas

From Black Star's Respiration: With crime applied pressure, cats is playin god But havin children by a lesser baby mother but fuck it We played against each other like puppets, swearin you got pull When the only pull you got is the wool over your eyes Getting knowledge of jail like a blessing in disguise.

Mandy S
Mandy S

I absolutely love Kweli! Talib Kweli is Hip HOp. One of my most favorite underground lyrical emcee of all time. He is the movement. There is not one album or one song I have heard of his or a colab that I did not like. 

Slider13_1
Slider13_1

The formula. It is so smooth. I have been waiting to hear him live though since I don't get out much. My boy turned me on to him some years back and I have not yet been disappointed with anything he spits.

Emmjae57
Emmjae57

WHAT I DIG BOUT TALIB KEWLI HE IS NOT COMMERCILIZED RAPPER LIKE THESE OTHERS OUT HERE, DOWN TO EARTH REAL LYRICS AND NOT LOOKING TO GET PAID OFF WORK HE DOESN'T REALLY WRITE HIM SELF!!!!  

Emmjae57
Emmjae57

Ms Hill:   I know you hate Babylon and wanna see it fall But they won't let you read your poem at the BET awards You give us hope, you give us faith, you the one They don't like what you got to say but still they

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