Pianist, composer and producer Robert Glasper has been added to the already stellar lineup for December 8’s Soul Rebels, Talib Kweli and Curren$y concert at the Joy Theater. The three-time Grammy winner is revered for his work as both a solo artist and bandleader of the Robert Glasper Experiment, who in 2012 dropped the Grammy winner for Best R&B Album, Black Radio. His work with hip-hop superstars like Common and Kendrick Lamar have made him a staple on some of the most important bodies of work in rap music, and his work on the soundtrack for the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead has made him a venerated composer for film.
Reeves Price, VP of Operations at Winter Circle Productions, tells OffBeat “It’s going to be a special night when this unique cast of musicians and MC’s come together to collaborate at Joy Theater. It’s going to be truly groundbreaking whether you’re a fan of brass bands, hip hop, or jazz. “Can’t miss” is most certainly an understatement for this show!”
As previously reported by OffBeat, the December 8 show will pair frequent collaborators Soul Rebels and Talib Kweli, who spent this past summer touring Europe together. Kweli is a veteran MC whose work both as a member of the 1990s hip-hop duo Black Star (alongside Mos Def) and his decade-plus of work as a solo artist have made him one of the most celebrated rappers of his generation. Curren$y is, of course, one of New Orleans’ pre-eminent rappers, whose weekly Jet Lounge events at the House of Blues have contributed greatly to fostering a hip-hop community in the city. As the founder of Jet Life Recordings, he’s played an integral role in elevating the voices of emergent rap talents, as well.
The Soul Rebels and Robert Glasper have also collaborated in the past. Check out the video below to catch a 360-degree, interactive video of their 2015 performance at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.
Tickets to see The Soul Rebels Feat. Curren$y, Talib Kweli and Robert Glasper are available here and range from $30-$45.