Monday, October 25, 2004

Hip-hop back at XU for first time since '99

By Denise Smith Amos
Enquirer staff writer

EVANSTON - Xavier University will host its first hip-hop concert in five years, making Talib Kweli the first rapper to perform at the 4-year-old Cintas Center.

The Friday concert marks a broadening of entertainment for a campus more used to alternative and light rock than urban contemporary music, organizers say.

This year the music will reflect a more diverse student body, said Collin Brum, the Xavier junior organizing the event. He's also planning to invite some country music acts later this year.

"It's important to program our events to all of the students," he said.

"This concert targets hip-hop fans like myself who have felt left out."

Kweli is a nationally known, socially conscious rapper, popular locally because his former deejay, Hi-Tek, is a Cincinnati native and resident.

The last rapper to perform at Xavier was Biz Markie in 1999.

There has been no prohibition on booking rap music, said Debora Del Valle, a university spokeswoman.

Minority students make up 14.5 percent of Xavier's 3,943 undergraduates and at least 13.1 percent of Xavier's 2,725 graduate students, she said.

Tickets for the public ($20) and Xavier students ($10) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Call (513) 562-4949 or


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