Mos Def Appearing as Advertised
One of the 9:30 club's most anticipated shows of the year -- and that's saying a lot -- is scheduled to go on as advertised, despite rumors to the contrary. Mos Def and Talib Kweli -- two of hip-hop's brightest stars, who teamed together as Black Star for one perfect album back in 1998 -- are back together for the Breed Love Odyssey tour. At least they were. Then they weren't. But they will be again for sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday, according to 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz.
The blockbuster tour kicked off Oct. 28 in Sacramento, but barely a week into the venture, headliner Mos Def pulled out for the good old, reliable "personal reasons." Even without the headliner the tour continued, and with top lyricists Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae sharing the bill with Kweli, there was still more than enough talent for a great evening of music. But D.C. seems to have lucked out, as Mos Def is slated to appear at both 9:30 shows. Rumors that state otherwise are running rampant on message boards all over the Internet, but 9:30 club owner Seth Hurwitz -- who seems a bit more reliable than, say, TwiceInnaLifetime82 on these matters -- says the show is happening as advertised, even if he couldn't give it the 100% guarantee.
"Well, it was supposed to be 100% when I first booked it," Hurwitz said in an e-mail Monday afternoon. "Point being that 100% in show business is relative. But I am told he is definitely doing it. This from the same people that didn't have any trouble telling me when he wasn't, so they have not been ones to sugarcoat it." Hurwitz stated that the personal issues that caused Mos Def to drop off the tour are now resolved.
Other rumors about the show -- started by Hurwitz himself on his club's message board -- seemed to indicate that De La Soul and Lauryn Hill were being considered as possible replacements for Mos Def when it still appeared that he would not be playing. But with Mos Def back, Hurwitz states that "no other performers have been added at this time." A little open-ended to be sure, but what would this show be without even more rumors?
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