Eight Gigs: Talib Kweli

Tues., Jan. 26, 9 p.m., Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, $25-$30


Rapper and civil rights activist Talib Kweli has been putting out records since the ’90s as a member of Black Star, alongside Mos Def, and Reflection Eternal, with producer Hi-Tek. His living legacy includes full albums with producers like Madlib and 9th Wonder, and tracks produced by Just Blaze, Will.i.am, the Neptunes and Kanye West. His latest record, Indie 500, is another 9th Wonder production, but expect Kweli to run the career gamut and likely spark a freestyle session. He’s been one of the best rap live performers for over a decade. 2708 J Street, www.talibkweli.com.