Talib Kweli & Hi Tek Launch Nationwide Tour; Kweli Explains R.P.M.

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have announced an national tour in support of their highly anticipated reunion album Revolutions Per Minute. The pair will kick off the tour in Hi-Tek’s hometown of Cincinnati on  Thursday (April 22nd) and wind down the tour on May 29th in Seattle, Washington.

Hi-Tek produced the album, which features guest appearances by Mos Def, Bun B., J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Estelle, Bilal, Res, Chester French and others.

Kweli explained the concept behind Revolutions Per Minute, which is his first album with Hi-Tek since 2000’s classic album Train of Thought.

"It's the idea of revolution through music. It’s the idea that people in today's culture take things in YouTube-sizedbites and clips and if it's not in a clip or a soundbite or something that you can fit in under a minute, people don't pay attention to it," Kweli explained. "The idea is: How many revolutions can you get accomplished in under a minute in a quick culture?"

Revolutions Per Minute is due in stores on May 18th. Tour dates are listed below:

Thu 4/22    Cincinnati, OH / Covington, KY   Xavier Univ. / Madison Theatre
Fri 4/23    Evanston, IL                     Northwestern Univ.
Sat 4/24    Grand Rapids , MI                The Intersection
Sun 4/25    Pontiac, MI                      Crofoot Ballroom
Tue 4/27    Chicago, IL                      House of Blues
Thu 4/29    New York, NY                     Nokia Theatre
Fri 4/30    New Brunswick, NJ                Rutgers Univ.
Sun 5/2     Long Island, NY                  Crazy Donkey
Mon 5/3     Washington, DC                   Black Cat
Wed 5/5     Philadelphia , PA                The Note
Mon 5/10    Kansas City, MO                  Midland Theatre
Tue 5/11    Tulsa, OK                        Cain's
Wed 5/12    Houston, TX                      Warehouse
Thu 5/13    Dallas, TX                       Granada Theatre
Sat 5/15    Boulder, CO                      Fox Theatre
Sun 5/16    Denver, CO                       Bluebird
Wed 5/19    Los Angeles, CA                  House of Blues
Thu 5/20    Anaheim, CA                      The Grove
Fri 5/21    Phoenix, AZ                      The Clubhouse
Sat 5/22    Tucson, AZ                       DV8
Sun 5/23    Ventura, CA                      Ventura Theater
Mon 5/24    San Francisco, CA                Fillmore
Tue 5/25    San Diego, CA                    House of Blues
Wed 5/26    Santa Cruz, CA                   Catalyst Nightclub
Thu 5/27    Eugene, OR                       The Blueprint
Fri 5/28    Portland, OR                     Aladdin Theatre
Sat 5/29    Seattle, WA                      ShowBox at the Market