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 of the clip seems not to be available everywhere. Weird Record Label Thinking.) Next, a glorious video for […]
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 Kweli Are Black Star” in 1998. Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli then proceeded to effortlessly perform two songs–the […]
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 Talib Kweli in the video for “History”). And if that’s not sick, the annual Afropunk Festival (this year […]
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 break of about 3 odd weeks. We’ll be getting slowly back into the swing of things.
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 hear from on the radio. Like Jay Electronica recent “The Ghost of Christopher Wallace.” If you missed his “Exhibit […]