Swimming through security at the Ogden Theater on a Sunday night might seem like it would be less rowdy than other weekend nights, but the recent collaboration of Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder seemed to have changed that. While touring in support of their super-group’s album Indie 500, the duo donned the Denver stage along with openers the mighty Pharoahe Monch and Rapsody.
Having dropped last November, Indie 500 has taken Hip Hop heads by storm. It doesn’t hurt that Kweli and Wonder both have status as superstars in the rap genre, but having Monch and Rapsody fill out the bill, well, lets just say this show would have been hard to miss. Rapsody started the night our with 9th Wonder, as always, the female MC started the night off in a whirlwind of her crowd favorites. “I’m A Beast” and “Thank You Very Much,” a track that was accompanied with effects and video, could not have been a better warm up. After she finished her rhymes, she gave a quick shoutout to the Zulu Nation and was off the stage for a 10:00 PM set break.
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d venture to the bad and back, Kweli finally took on the spotlight. Not unlike the two rappers before him, Kewli made time to speak out regarding his distress over the loss of a few great artists, including Sean Price, Pumpkin Head, J Dilla and Big L. “Put your L’s up,” was chanted loudly as members of the audience threw their index finger and thumb up and down in support of the late rapper Big L.