Beastie Boys, Talib Kweli

There aren't many golden age rap heroes left, but The Beastie Boys still command a high profile, thanks to a multimedia vision that both updates and outstrips their early incarnation as drunken suburbanites. So what if their new album, To The Five Boroughs, is a disappointing rehash of past glories? They're still an amazing act, as a recent performance at crobar confirmed. Opening up for the Terrible Trio is Talib Kweli, another rapper whose career has gone through its share of evolutions, from backpacker to baller. However, the Brooklynite's truth-telling lyricism, as evidenced on his new album The Beautiful Struggle, remains undiminished.


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