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Talib Kweli at Occupy Wall Street: Make It Grow



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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 02: Rapper Talib Kweli attends the 2010 New Yorker Festival Party at Press Lounge at Ink48 on October 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

    Radiohead may have never materialized downtown at Occupy Wall Street, but a stream of other performers have been stopping by -- the latest was Talib Kweli Thursday night, telling the group to "make it grow."

    Kweli made his appearance not long after Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum stopped by, and days after Lupe Fiasco joined the effort.

    "Here with the 99%," Kweli tweeted.

    Kweli, who has a show scheduled Saturday with Res in Brooklyn, came by and performed "Distractions" while surrounded by a crowd of people, without any amplification.

    "I'm used to having a microphone, but I'm going to try," he told the crowd before he began.

    Later, he told the protesters to "spread the word" about what was going on downtown, where people have been camped out since Sept. 17.

    "For the people who are sleeping here -- you inspire us," he said.

    And to everyone else, he said: "If you are inspired by them, make it grow. It's about growth now."

    Watch a video of his appearance here.