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Talib Kweli’s “Radio Silence” Album Release Party By Kiss-n-Grind In Beverly Hills

November 20, 2017

Sunday, November 20

Happy Sunday. Today was another rough day with Apple. As it stands, this is an issue they’ve never seen before. Which is really sad, because that means they don’t have a solution for me. For some reason, my phone is not receiving texts. Like, the other party gets all my texts, but I don’t receive theirs. After 3 hours at the dreaded Genius Bar yesterday, it was another 2 hours down the drain on the phone with Apple Support. And of course, no progress. Email me if you guys needs me:

With that being said, Talib Kweli was the only thing that would be able to cure me. I feel like my entire life mantra is based on the fact that music saves lives (case and point). Talib is one of the GOATs of Hip Hop. One of the best to ever do it. He’s the type of Hip Hop we miss: the real, meaningful lyrics that Hip Hop in this day in age lacks. If you need a refresher, I’m talking tracks like “Never Been In Love,” “Get By,” “I Try”…. I could go on forever. Now, he’s back with a brand new album called Radio Silence. I’m embarrassed it took me so long to hear it (2 days lmao). Honestly, this will be in rotation all throughout the holidays.

The project is only 11 tracks along, which to me is the perfect length. Plus, the features are on deck. Actually saw Waka post his feature just earlier today on IG, but now it’s gone (smh). “Chips” is a banger. And Jay Electronica!! It took a lot of self-control to not click on that record first. I really am trying to listen to albums from beginning to end, as the artists intend us to. It’s meant to be heard in chronological order, like telling a story. “All Of Us” quickly became my favorite. And let’s not forget Anderson .Paak, Kaytranada, Rick Ross, and BJ The Chicago Kid.

And now, we celebrate. This is Talib Kweli’s Kiss N Grind day party, inspired by Insecure. I was actually going to go to the last one, but never made it (#FOMO). This time, it was a special occasion, as evidenced by the venue alone: Sofitel in Beverly Hills. Any event in 90210 is a win. I pull up to this glorious hotel and immediately locate where the function was taking place. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find it, but it was so obvious. This was also Talib’s Radio Silence album release party, and it was a full-blown celebration. I remember when he released “She’s My Hero” as a single — fire. Approaching the loud music and commotion towards the right side, we were quickly asked to pay the $20 cover. The earlier you arrived, the cheaper cover was (with RSVP of course). Each hour, it increased $5, hence the $20 cap after 6pm. Interesting lmao. But smart. Hollywood clubs totally do that. Huge thanks to Valentina for having me.

Shout out to my babygirl Soph for being my date. Love this girl with all my heart. The event started at 3pm, and it was a little after 7:30pm when we walked inside. Fashionably late was an understatement. I was expecting everyone to be trashed but it wasn’t the case at all. I immediately noticed it was a much older, much more mature crowd, which I totally appreciated. No one was acting a fool. We felt at home the second we hear the DJ drop all the slaps. I look up, and that DJ turns out to be Talib himself. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s “Rich As Fuck” started me off, which quickly transitioned to Beyonce. It’s lit! I’d seen Talib’s last show in LA (which was phenomenal), but didn’t know his DJ alter ego. The dance floor remained packed the entire time we were there, along with the bar where it was impossible to get an order in. We actually decided to explore the rest of the hotel for a sec, which is absolutely glamorous. Wouldn’t ever want to know how much it cost to stay a night here, but I’d definitely request breakfast in bed treatment (like on a tray). It’s that kind of stay.

This happened lmao. I was dying. Too funny. He actually ended up working in corporate, and I told him he probably made more money than all of combined. I love music so much, but the struggle is real in entertainment. Until the day I can not have a panic attack every time the 1st of the month rolls around, I’m not stopping. In the words of Rick Ross: “Everyday I’m Hustlin’.”

Day made. Week made. Month made. Few things in life get me more hyped than Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.” I feel like Talib played it specifically for me tonight. As always, the entire room started singing to the song verbatim. I’ve never felt the #FreeMeekMill movement harder than in this moment. We cut out as it neared the 9pm end time, but I’d totally want to know when the next Kiss N Grind is taking place. I’d definitely recommend this to my friends. It’s nothing short of a great time.

“In The Mood” by Talib Kweli just came on my shuffle. So perfect.

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