Posts Tagged ‘mos def’

Mos Def Joins A$AP Rocky For Red Bull Music Academy Lecture

Most people may not even be aware, but Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) has seen the growth of A$AP Rocky from the beginning. As someone who keeps his ear to the younger acts, Mos got put... Read more »

Contest: Win Mos Def’s “Black on Both Sides” on Limited Edition Vinyl

Thanks to Respect The Classics, we’ve got another great vinyl giveaway for you. If you missed our previous giveaways, here’s a bit of background info—Universal’s Respect the Classics campaign, which has been running since September 2013,... Read more »

Petite Noir ft. Yasiin Bey – “Till We Ghosts”

It’s not often that we hear from Yasiin Bey, who’s now based in South Africa, but he pops up here on a new track from Cape Town artist Petite Noir, who explains: “’Till We Ghosts’ was the... Read more »

Listen To Yasiin Bey Recite Max Ehrmann’s “The Desiderata” Poem and Share “Thoughts On Upheaval”

Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, released a somber and moving speech through Stop Being Famous about the state of current events. “We are at a critical time,” he explains. “We are at... Read more »

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 »