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Soul Rebels team up with Talib Kweli, Curren$y and Robert Glasper 

The brass band makes more connections with hip-hop

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Breathless proof of the wide-ranging appeal of New Orleans brass bands, The Soul Rebels have in recent years funked up performances around the world by Metallica, Marilyn Manson and Macklemore (the latter two at once, if you can believe it, for Japan's 2015 Summer Sonic Tokyo Festival). However fantastically disorienting it is to hear "Enter Sandman" or "The Beautiful People" honking out of a sousaphone, no genre benefits more from some symbiotic Crescent City shine than hip-hop, and in return someone more tenured than Professor Macklemore is politely requested. Enter Talib Kweli, half of the reborn (or at least stirring) ecclesiastical rap duo Black Star, who surprisingly outpaced Mos Def both as a solo artist and in his other partnership (with producer Hi-Tek), Reflection Eternal. Kweli's November release Radio Silence (3D) sidesteps the trap meta-referenced on 2013's Prisoner of Conscious with a kindling-catching side one featuring Anderson .Paak, Jay Electronica and that most unconscious of MCs, Waka Flocka. Kweli is a regular on the Mobb Deep roster of superstars to share a stage with the Rebels, which in the past year alone includes Nas, GZA, Rakim, Slick Rick, Joey Bada$$ and the late Prodigy. He's joined by old USB mint Curren$y and musically multilingual, multi-award-winning pianist/producer Robert Glasper. Tickets $30-$45.


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