Posts Tagged ‘Mos Def’


It’s a wrap for rapper/actor Yasiin Bey, better known as Mos Def.

The artist has announced he is retiring from film and music “effective immediately” after the release of his final album later this year.

Unfortunately, it appears that Bey’s sudden retirement comes partly due to the fact that he is currently being detained in South Africa with no official way to get back the U.S…



Erykah Badu is taking her artistry to the next level in the upcoming film adaptation of Thulani Davis’ novel “Maker of Saints.”

Fellow musician, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) will also be featured in the project that focuses on political change in Washington, D.C.

Sounds about right for this election year…



Mos Def has finally unveiled the video for his single “N****s In Poorest.”  (more…)


Get used to the name Yasiin Bey; rapper Mos Def has changed his moniker just in time for 2012. On the first track “N**gas In Poorest” from his “Top 40 Underdog” project, Bey re-imagines Jay-Z and Kanye West’s 2011 club banger “N**gas In Paris.” Yasiin Bey spins a tale that is counter to the materialistic swag found in the original.


Listening to “N**gas In Poorest” makes you feel as if you just heard Dap scream “wake up” at the end of “School Daze.”
Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) – “Niggas In Poorest” (Niggas In Paris freestyle) by SoulCulture


We’re going to see a huge shift in Mos Def’s music in 2012. Are you ready?


Stay tuned for more.

Brooklyn energy is like that of no other – the diversity, the culture, and the history immersed within its streets is definitely something to be recognized.   What better do so, than to jump-off Memorial Day weekend with Fort Greene’s Festival kickoff series featuring hip hop icons, “The Abstract” Q-Tip, and legend Pete Rock.

On Saturday, May 28th Danny Castro as well as several other hosts (Rosie Perez, Danny Simmons & Michaela Angela Davis), paid tribute to Fort Greene’s diverse community by infecting its audience with the sounds of Q-Tip, alongside Pete Rock on the ones and twos at Sanders Studio.  However, the crowd was not given the opportunity to witness a live stage performance from either MC – not as rap artists, at least.  Not many people are aware of this, but every now and again, Grammy-Award winner Q-Tip puts the mic down, and picks up his turntables to give the effect of an all-aspiring deejay deep in the game – his transitions, selections & ability to intertwine both of these skills successfully, definitely gave the people of Brooklyn something to move their bodies to as he and Pete Rock went back and forth between heavy ol’ skool as well as new skool.  In a timely progression, the pair exchanged waves of sounds from varieties such as reggae, to hip-hop jazz (a genre that Pete Rock is notably recognized in), and of course, classics from both artists.  The reverberations emanating from the speakers of Sanders Studios tore the entire place down, as everyone vibed off of Q-tip and Pete Rock’s amazing energy.  As if that wasn’t enough, an appearance from Mos Def made the event that more unforgettable.  Blessed with an opportunity to see these three in action and to enjoy it with people from different creeds, races, and backgrounds kicked off summer the right way, as the holiday weekend was in full effect.

Check out the candid photos after the break.