New York, NY -- Last Saturday, April 18th,
performed at Columbia University's annual Bacchanal music festival, co-headlining with rock group Vampire Weekend. The campus population went wild when the Brooklyn-born emcee took the stage to perform some of his hits, as well as a few tracks off his latest album,
. From a stage adorned with banners advertising his vanity label,
, Kweli extolled the values of traditional hip-hop through speech and song.
One crowd-pleasing favorite was the
-produced “Get By,” off Kweli’s first solo disc,
. Chants of “
just to get by
” floated through the Manhattan air as students pumped their fists to the emcee's inspirational tunes.
The rapper, whose brother teaches at the university, then “
banged on your eardrum
” with “Listen!!!,” a single off his last LP. Peppering his set with rapid-fire a cappella verses, Kweli had everyone grooving to his sound. After a short encore it was time for the emcee to take off, but his rhythms and rhymes doubtless echoed in listeners heads for the rest of the night and beyond.