Rapper Talib Kweli has just embarked on a self-booked U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "Kwelity." The trek, which also features fellow hip-hoppers Blackalicious and KRS-One on select date

Rapper Talib Kweli has just embarked on a self-booked U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "Kwelity." The trek, which also features fellow hip-hoppers Blackalicious and KRS-One on select dates, hits New Orleans on Thursday (April 18) and wraps May 14 in South Amboy, N.J. Kweli will be selling a mixtape at the shows, featuring previews of some of the new album's tracks.

"Quality Control" is due in August from Rawkus, which recently inked a new distribution deal with MCA. The set finds the rapper collaborating with some familiar faces, including his Black Star colleague Mos Def, Common, and Pharoahe Monch. The Roots' Black Thought, Bilal, Res, and recent Rawkus signing Novel also guest. DJ Hi-Tek, Kweli's cohort in the Reflection Eternal project, does not appear.

As previously reported, Kweli lends a hand on DJ Quik's upcoming Euponic/Bungalo album "Under Tha Influence." He is also hoping to finish a new set with Black Star, but Mos Def's commitments with his band Black Jack Johnson and his current starring role in the Broadway play "Top Dog/Underdog" have delayed the project.

Here are Talib Kweli's tour dates:

April 18: New Orleans (Howlin' Wolf, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 19: Dallas (Canyon Club, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 21: Houston, Texas (Numbers, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 22: Austin, Texas (Mercury Lounge, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 24: Tallahassee, Fla. (Cow Haus, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 25: Atlanta (Cotton Club, w/ Blackalicious, KRS-One)
April 27: Asheville, N.C. (Music Zone)
April 28: Columbia, S.C. (Senate Park)
April 29: Raleigh, N.C. (Lincoln Theater)
April 30: Greenville, N.C. (Attic)
May 1: Cleveland (Peabody's Down Under)
May 3: Boston (Karma)
May 4: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)
May 5: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel)
May 6: Burlington, Vt. (Higher Ground)
May 8: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
May 9: Washington, D.C. (Nation)
May 10: New York (Irving Plaza)
May 13: Philadelphia (TLA)
May 14: South Amboy, N.J. (Krome)