Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Forum for Scholars & Publics (Old Chemistry Building 011)
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Light lunch served
GRAMMY-winning producer, DJ, and Duke professor 9th Wonder leads this discussion with acclaimed Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, which will explore Kweli’s career and wide-ranging artistic collaborations. Free & open to the public.
Kweli will perform a two-night stand on February 16 & 17 at Motorco in downtown Durham, accompanied by opening act Actual Proof. Info and tickets available HERE.
Presented as part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative, made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.
Talib Kweli (hip-hop artist and activist) is one of the most lyrically gifted and politically conscious rappers to emerge in the last two decades. During that time, he has worked alongside Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnered with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, released landmark solo material, and collaborated with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, and Madlib, among many others. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, envisioned as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers.” He has collaborated with 9th Wonder on several occasions, including their jointly released 2015 album, Indie 500.
9th Wonder (producer, DJ, college lecturer, and activist) was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He gained recognition and critical acclaim producing songs for a wide range of artists, including Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Common, Drake, and David Banner. In 2014, 9th Wonder was chosen to be on the Executive Board for Hip-Hop at the National Museum for African American History and Culture at The Smithsonian Institute and currently serves as the NAACP's National Ambassador for Hip Hop Relations and Popular Culture. A well-known hip-hop educator, he is currently on the faculty at both North Carolina Central University and Duke University.