Posts Tagged ‘mos def’

This Marvin Gaye/Yasiin Bey Project is More Than Your Average Mash-Up Album

A week after dropping the preview to the second installment of his mash-up project Yasiin Gaye, Nashville composer Amerigo Gazaway has released Yasiin Gaye: The Return. Joining together the forces of iconic singer Marvin Gaye with rapper Yasiin Bey—formerly Mos... Read more »

“Immigration/Legal Issues” Force Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) to Cancel Upcoming United States Tour

As a result of mysterious “immigration/legal issues,” rapper Yasiin Bey—formerly known as Mos Def—has been forced to cancel his upcoming United States tour. The story broke after Together Boston—a festival Bey was scheduled to perform at—released... Read more »

Rock This Way: Rap-Rock Songs That Don’t Suck

"Rap-rock." The very combination of words forces some listeners to recoil in horror, with visions of tasteless backwards baseball caps and echoing sounds of detuned basses haunting the halls of their minds. As with most things that... Read more »

The Best Rawkus Records Singles

It's not uncommon to meet people who are familiar with Black Star, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Reflection Eternal. But far too often the word "Rawkus" doesn't ring a bell with these same people, signifying little... Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide to Rawkus Records

While Bad Boy, Death Row, and Def Jam stole the shine of '90s hip-hop, one independent rap label quietly and triumphantly became the mecca for New York City's underground emcees. Founded in 1996, Rawkus Records was... Read more »

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Demonstrates the Procedure for Force-Feeding Detainees at Guantánamo Bay

There are currently 120 Guantánamo Bay detainees on hunger strike, and some are being force-fed. To demonstrate how this works, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def volunteered to demonstrate the standard procedure. The intense video was made by... Read more »

Yasiin Bey & Mannie Fresh – “Black Jesus”

It’s not every day that you get a new song from Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). He’s had an interesting (to say the least) career, and lately it has seemed like releasing music isn’t... Read more »

Jay Shells Combines Rap Lyrics and Street Art For New “Rap Quotes” Project

Street artist Jay Shells has a new project that brings together rap lyrics with the places that inspired them, putting up custom signs of lyrics like Big L’s “On 139 and Lenox Ave There’s a big park,... Read more »

The Bullitts ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu – “They Die By Dawn”

This is the title track to a film called The Die By Dawn, a western starring Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Isaiah Washington, Jesse Williams and Rosario Dawson. The plot, according to IMDB: “Four outlaws with a... Read more »

The 25 Best Songs Under 2 Minutes

In all forms of art and expression, sometimes less is more. There’s an art to getting right to the point, chopping off all the extra and presenting an idea as succinctly as possible. In music, this... Read more »

Video: Yasiin Bey and Mannie Fresh in the Studio

Yasiin Bey and Mannie Fresh, an unlikely pairing with serious potential. Though the rapper formerly known as Mos Def may be most readily identified by some with his Brooklyn home, his music has long tap-danced through... Read more »

Video: Yasiin Bey Pays Tribute To Muhammad Ali In “Dream”

As one of the game’s most highly regarded lyrical heavyweights, this Yasiin Bey rendition of Muhammad Ali’s famous Rumble In The Jungle poem feels immensely appropriate. “Dream” pairs Bey with Niels Shoe Meulman, a visual artist,... Read more »

See Who Kanye West Has Been In The Studio With

Who has Kanye West been in the studio with? Everyone. It will be interesting to see what ends up where. What combination would you most want to see? Kanye West, Mos Def, Diplo, and A$AP Rocky?... Read more »

Video: Yasiin Bey Performs “Sunshine Screwface” Live At Paris’ Radio Nova

Prior to his show last night with Talib Kweli in Paris at La Bataclan, Yasiin Bey dropped by Radio Nova for a live on the air segment in which he performed “Sunshine Screwface”, a track produced... Read more »

Video: Mos Def – “N*ggas in Poorest”

You may have known this already, but Mos Def‘s got another name: Yasiin Bey. Whatever you want to call him, there is no doubt that he makes some of the most politically conscious hip-hop out there.... Read more »