Reflection Eternal – Talib Kweli/ Hi Tek- Belly Up 8-10-09 Reflection Eternal – Talib Kweli/ Hi Tek- Belly Up 8-10-09

Reflection Eternal - Belly Up 8-10-09

Reflection Eternal - Belly Up 8-10-09

Train of Thought is in my unofficial top 5 hip hop albums released in the last 20 years. When Kweli and Tek went to work on their own projects in the early 00s it was all about personal growth, and separately both laid down some of their most adventurous tracks during that period. That’s all good but August 10th at Belly Up I was there to see some teeth rattling, arm flailing, pick it up to put it down, back in the day Hip-Hop. You know they didn’t disappoint.
Slum Village lead it off, and set it up nicely. SV came on stage with the right energy, immediately got everyone on their feet, and rocked it with mastery. Throwing out love to J. Dilla gets pretty much any evening going.
The whole night was all about Mid West Hip Hop and next up was Indiana’s freestyler extraordinaire Supernat. Supernatural killed it. Nat peppered in some of his regular setups for freestyle like having the crowd hand him anything at random then going off on it. His tribute to the 3 MCs, Slick Rick, Busta Rymes, and B.I.G, made the place hit. For those who get a chance make sure you see Supernat.
Then there was Slaughterhouse. Slaughterhouse spent more time starting shit than performing. 3 minutes in they started clowning on San Diego and making idle threats. All the positive energy that SV and Nat had built up Slaughterhouse shat on. At multiple points they sat down on the stage and just started ripping on the crowd. These guys were basically booed off stage.
Finally after a tense wait for Reflection to take the stage a glimpse of Supernat caught the crowd, he just wanted to take in the show like everyone else. The crowd, still full of piss from Slaughterhouse, begged him to come back out and bring his energy. SuperNat introduced Talib and Hi-Tek and then everything else just seemed insignificant.
Beat up jeans you’ve had for 10 years don’t feel this familiar. Talib’s cadence is world class and he didn’t let up for a beat from the minute he started. Hi-Tek has an amazing sense of the moment and showed no signs that this was the first show of their tour. Together these icons nearly tore the place down. The setlist was a solid mix of tracks from Train of Thought, solo efforts, and cuts off their new album. Move Somethin, Eternalists, and This Means You (Talib did Mos’s parts) were the purist parts on the night. What else is there? In this journey we’re the journal and they’re the journalist, are they eternal… or Eternalists?



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