The master emcee continues to carve out fat swaths of flow on his new album, 2011’s “Gutter Rainbows,” which is notable not only for being released in part by Kweli’s own label, Javotti Media, but also for attracting a cavalcade of heavy-hitting producers (such as Khrysis, Ski Beatz and Blaq Toven) to add their own boutique touch to individual tracks. For the most part we see the lush neo-soul backbeats that have come to characterize East Coast conscious hip-hop. Kweli, who has always tried to tread a line between self-indulgent hip-hop purism and the tit-for-tat games of mainstream rap, comes off well on “Gutter Rainbows.” As usual, he tells real stories (and not always his own), with the right amount of good-natured self-inflation. (David Wicik)
February 4 at The Shrine, 2109 South Wabash, (312)753-5700, 9pm. $35.