Mos Def


Friday, September 26th, 2014

Mos Def/Yasiin Bey: ‘I don’t think that there’s necessarily one sound of Africa’

Mos Def, now living in Cape Town and collaborating with Petite Noir, talking to Dazed Digital. I don’t think that there’s necessarily one sound of Africa. Consider the Blk Jks and The Brother Moves On, those that are into Marimba music and the whole devotional gospel sound like St Vincent and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. You’ll find similarities

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Bonus: Friday Music Break, N°37

10 new music videos to finish this week of blogging. Here’s a first video by photographer and graphic designer Laurent Seroussi for Salif Keita’s new Tale album, produced by Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen-Solal: Vimeo clip above. (The YouTube version...

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Yasiin Bey plays a mbira …

This was done for GQ Magazine. He also raps half-heartedly. I suppose, we should be “tril(led).” He should’ve asked Shabazz Palaces* about what you can do with a mbira:

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Our weekly round-up of new (and a little less new) music videos. First, this great video for ‘I Am An African,’ the first single of Dutch-Ghanaian artist Papa Ghana’s EP ‘I Am An African.’ (The song came out...

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Mos Def Philharmonic

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Last Wednesday the Brooklyn rappers collectively known as Black Star*–Mos Def (now going as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli–were guests on the satirical news show,”The Colbert Report.” They last brought out an album, “Mos Def & Talib...

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Free Fort Greene

My neighborhood Fort Greene in Brooklyn, one of the oldest in the borough, is changing beyond recognition, but we still have the annual Fort Greene Festival on Saturday, June 25. This year’s headliner: Mos Def (above with...

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Music Break

Mos Def, “Umi Says,” Live at the Austin City Limits Festival 2009.

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

As-Salāmu Alaykum

This short clip of Brooklyn’s Mos Def, offering greetings while performing at the most recent edition of a Muslim-led arts festival held annually (in mid-July) on the southside of Chicago, is an appropriate choice to end our...

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Music Fridays

Mos Def is back. Which means I am happy. This for Ski Beats’ new album coming out in September.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Still Hip Hop

Hip hop now has its own museums, honors shows on basic cable, and rap beats drive car commercials.  So I am surprised when good hip hop happens again, whether from trusted sources or from artists you’ll never...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Africa Makes Some Noise

Last night, BBC Radio One premiered an hour-long documentary on the story of modern “African” music, hosted by UK-based Kenyan DJ Edu (whose weekly show, Destination Africa on Radio 1Xtra, I’ve been listening to for...

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Mos Def, ‘Supermagic’

I love the sample as well as the graphics in the video for “Supermagic” off Mos Def’s latest album, “The Ectastic.”

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Mos Dub

This is sick. Free download. HT: Will Youmans

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Mos Def, ‘White Drapes’

Preview of new video. He got his game back.

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Mos Def and the Battle of Algiers

As usual I had Mos Def ‘s “The Ecstatic,” on repeat, especially the song “The Auditorium,” featuring Slick Rick.  I quickly recognized the beat for the song: Madlib’s “Beat Kondukta in India: Vol 3 &4.” But what’s...

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Music / Mos Def and Talib Kweli

New video for the song “History” off Mos Def’s most recent album, “The Ecstatic.” Watching this makes you wonder what kind of record these two would make together.

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


Mos Def’s best work is still coming.

Monday, October 12th, 2009