Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mos Def and Talib Kwali headed to Straz in Tampa

Expert emcees Mos Def and Talib Kweli released the landmark hip-hop album “Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star” on Aug. 26, 1998, to critical acclaim. More than a dozen years later, the reunited Black Star pair is hitting the road performing that iconic debut album live in full, as well as their individual hits.

Mos Def is probably best known in the rap world as a solo artist for late 1990s/early 200 hits “Body Rock,” “Definition” and “Oh No.” He’s also famous for movie roles in “The Italian Job,” “Cadillac Records” and appearances on the TV series “Dexter.”

Kweli hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart in 2000 with “Move Something” and then just missed the top spot the following year with “Get By.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Carol Morsani Hall at Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $36.50 and go sale a noon Aug. 26. Information: (800) 955-1045 or www.strazcenter.org.

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