Music Hall of Williamsburg
Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, BUCKSHOT, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Kidz in the Hall with DJ Statik Selektah 'Population Control' with surprise performances from artists on the ...

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Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, BUCKSHOT, Jean Grae, Smif N Wessun, Kidz in the Hall with DJ Statik Selektah 'Population Control' with surprise performances from artists on the ...

DJ Statik Selektah 'Population Control' with surprise performances from artists on the album

Sat, October 22, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$25 advance / $30 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world's most talented and most accomplished rappers.

The new album Gravitas reflects a continued determination and drive in Talib Kweli, impressive because of the fact that Prisoner of Conscious was released less than six months ago. Considered one of the top tier lyricist of all time and name dropped in songs by everyone from Jay-Z to 2 Chainz, Talib Kweli has defied the odds and remained relevant while never compromising his art, quite a feat in today's music business. The respect he is given is evident when Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan drops by to spit on Violations. Talib Kweli has also showcased new artists throughout his storied career, giving breaks to people like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole long before they were embraced by the mainstream. This streak continues with Brooklyn's own UnderAchievers, who pop up on the Statik Selektah produced New Leaders. The OhNo produced Art Imitates Life features classic lyricism from Kweli, Rah Digga and Black Thought from the legendary Roots, and Austin's guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr. shows up for Demonology. All of this leads up to Gravitas' final track, Colors of You, featuring Mike Posner and produced by the late, great J Dilla of Slum Village fame.
Pharoahe Monch
Pharoahe Monch
Queens NYC native Pharoahe Monch first bursted into the scene part of the legendary group Organized Konfusion with Prince Poetry in 1991. Shortly after the duo disbanded, Monch stunned critics and fans with his debut solo album, 'Internal Affairs,' in 1999 spawning the breakout hit "Simon Says." Decades before Drake, Monch sang his choruses with soul driven melody on songs like “Queens” which chronicled the tragic life of an aspiring athlete taken under by the mean streets. “Simon Says”, the crowd moving hit powered by a Godzilla movie sample, itself became a monster single, propelling Monch to commercial success. The song appeared in the block-buster movie Charlie's Angels, and well as Boiler Room, which also featured “Right Here.” Monch took a break from album crafting following the dissolution of Rawkus, but he wasn't totally gone. In 2001 he appeared on the soundtrack to the Denzel Washington Oscar winning vehicle Training Day with the unapologetic “F**k You”. He also played the role of ghostwriter for Sean “Diddy” Combs on his 2006 well-received album, 'Press Play.' Monch's hand is evident on tracks, “The Future” and Havoc of Mobb Deep-featured track “The Holdup.” After a label bidding war, he resurfaced 8 years later with another universally lauded album, 'Desire,' (2007) garnering attention from mainstream media and song placement on the highly popular Madden NFL 08 video game. This time, Monch spread the production out and focused on his delivery, again crafting verses of variable speeds, deliveries, rhythms and concepts like very few have ever done. Now in 2011, Pharoahe Monch stands with his recently released 'W.A.R. (We Are Renegades),' taking a stand for higher thought and for the love of the art in Hip-Hop culture; standing firm against the commoditization of the music and so many lowbrow approaches to the art form. “This is a science and it filters into our being. This is what W.A.R. is about. This record is my truth as it was written when I made it,” says Monch. “I would like this album to be on a frequency to let you open the doors to your God-self. I want this harmony to give you goose bumps and raise the hairs on your arms. W.A.R. is a coat of arms against the destruction of art” Armed with an enormous array of skill, talent, and most important, love and soul, Pharoahe Monch sets out to wage war under the flag of his newly created company W.A.R. Media in a partnership with Duck Down Music.
Buckshot
Buckshot
Buckshot is one third of the legendary hip hop group Black Moon, with 5FT and DJ Evil Dee; co-founder of Duck Down Music Inc; and dubbed the Five-Star General of the Boot Camp Clik, also comprised of Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah. In 2005 Buckshot collaborated with grammy-award winning producer, 9th Wonder for their debut album, 'Chemistry.' Three years later the MC/Producer duo released 'The Formula' (2008). 9th Wonder & Buckshot are currently finishing their third LP, The Solution, scheduled for an early 2012 release. In 2009, Buckshot also joined forces with iconic rap legend KRS-ONE, and released an album entitled 'Survival Skills.' Buckshot has taken his 15-year experience and crafted a hard-cover book' entitled 'The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry.' Accompanying the book is a 16-track CD album. The album features original Buckshot music based on the concepts from within the chapters. You can also find Buckshot's music on video games (Tony Hawk, NBA 2K11, Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare), TV shows (HBO Hard Knocks, ESPN Sportscenter, The History Channel, FX Movies), and advertising campaigns (Belvedere, Smirnoff, Pizza Hut, ESPN).
Jean Grae
Jean Grae
Although born in South Africa, Tsidi Ibrahim will always be a New Yorker by heart. The daughter of two jazz musicians, Ibrahim learned an appreciation for all genres of music at an early age giving her a good foundation on becoming a writer and producer. Then known as What? What?, she was recruited by a rapper named Ocean, who formed Natural Resource in the mid-90s. In 1997, they founded their own record label, Makin' Records, and released the single, "Negro League Baseball", which became an underground hip-hop classic. The group broke up due to creative differences, but the exposure worked towards her benefit. She changed her name to Jean Grae and appeared on a number of songs with artists such as Herbaliser, High & Mighty, the Mumia 911 Project, the Hip-Hop For Respect project, Mr. Len, Da Beatminerz and Masta Ace.
Smif N Wessun Backed by the Judah Tribe Reggae Band w/ Jahdan Blakkamore
Smif N Wessun Backed by the Judah Tribe Reggae Band w/ Jahdan Blakkamore
Smif N Wessun are a Brooklyn, NY hip-hop duo comprised of Tek & Steele. They have sold over 700,000 albums throughout the course of their career. The group has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Raekwon and more.

Smif N Wessun have always intertwined reggae sounds into their music, dating back to their hit record, "Sound Bwoy Bureill," off their debut album 'Dah Shinin.' Their connection to this style of music has led to a dedicated West Indian fanbase.

Exploring this sound the duo has collaborated with producers Beatnick & K-Salaam and recorded a 6-song reggae-inspired EP entitled, 'Born and Raised,' out Dec. 3rd. The project features Junior Reid, Jr. Kelly & Jahdan. Fans will be able to purchase a limited-edition 'Born and Raised' physical bundle featuring custom rolling papers, grinder, 45 Vinyl single, CD Digipak, illustrated T-shirt and a custom Jute bag from the Duck Down Music Shop.
Kidz in the Hall
Kidz in the Hall
MC Naledge & Producer/DJ Double-0 are the group Kidz In The Hall. Hailing from Chicago, IL, first met his DJ/producer partner, Double-0, in 2000 on a recruiting visit to the University of Pennsylvania, and the two became good friends and music collaborators that eventually spawned, Kidz In The Hall. The MC/Producer duo bursted into the scene with their breakout debut album 'School Was My Hustle' in 2006, then releasing their follow-up 'The In Crowd,' (2007) & their third album 'Land of Make Believe,' (2011). Kidz In The Hall went on to tour with several music heavyweights (Gym Class Heroes & Murs), participated in brand campaigns (Adidas, Red Bull, Reebok), contributed music towards TV shows (MTV's Jersey Shore, ESPN Sportscenter, VH1's programming), video games (Madden, NBA 2K11, Midnight Club) & movies (Limitless). In 2011, the duo starred in a reality series airing on MTV2 Sucker Free, chronicling the making of their fourth studio album out late November on Duck Down Music.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/