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Last week, the internet was taken by storm with scheduled and unscheduled hip-hop releases. Mac Miller premiered the track “100 Grandkids” off his long-delayed upcoming release, GO:OD AM; Lil B and Chance The Rapper fulfilled their Instagram post’s collaboration promise with the silent release of Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape); and Curren$y, with nothing to gai… More »

While the A$AP Mob has always attracted attention for their Tumblr-cultivated iconography (and iconoclasm), they’ve typically been less about chasing or even starting trends than they are about reinventing them. A$AP Rocky’s shown skill and savvy in building on his lifelong hip-hop influences — he was named after Rakim and raised on Dipset — while… More »

Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.

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Mos Def & Ski Beatz – “Sensei On The Block”

A few years, Mos Def changed his name to Yasiin Bey, and he was still using that name when he dropped the new track "Basquiat
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2015 - 10:10 am
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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Makes His Stand-Up Comedy Debut With Jokes About Kanye, Drake, & Caitlyn Jenner

What happens when a rapper becomes a comedian? He makes jokes about other rappers! Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, made his stand-up debut at Montreal'…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | August 5, 2015 - 5:47 pm
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Watch Mos Def Join Kendrick Lamar On “Alright” At Osheaga

Kendrick Lamar headlined the second day of Montreal's Osheaga festival last night. As Pigeons & Planes reports, the audience started chanting the hook to "Alright"…
Peter Helman | August 2, 2015 - 11:43 am

Watch A Masked Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Cover A Bunch OF MF Doom Songs

Yasiin Bey, the former Mos Def, is a veteran of the New York rap underground who currently lives abroad and who has a history of…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2015 - 11:17 am
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Petite Noir – “Till We Ghosts” (Feat. Yasiin Bey)

Petite Noir's King Of Anxiety EP already gave us one splendid single in "Chess." Now here's another excellent track from Cape Town "noirwave" king Yannick…
Chris DeVille | December 17, 2014 - 11:02 am
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Watch Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Experience Guantánamo Force-Feeding

It’s not in the news as much anymore, but people are still being detained at Guantánamo Bay, and as Ramadan begins, many of them are…
Tom Breihan | July 8, 2013 - 3:12 pm
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Mos Def – “The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark (Prod. Kanye West)”

When Yasiin Bey a/k/a Mos Def was recording his third album, True Magic, he collaborated with Kanye West on a song called “The Light I…
Liz Pelly | April 6, 2013 - 3:22 pm
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Yasiin Bey – “Bey”

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has lately been releasing a series of freestyles that he's called Top 40 Underdog, in which he goe…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2012 - 5:23 pm
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Mos Def – “Niggas In Poorest”

Mos Def, who is still insisting that we all call him Yasiin Bey now, is launching a new project called Top 40 Underdog, in which…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2012 - 11:58 am
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Black Star Play “Little Brother,” “You Already Knew” For Fallon

Last night, Mos Def and Talib Kweli revived Black Star for a pair of performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, first performing a new…
Corban Goble | January 4, 2012 - 9:48 am
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Black Star’s Mos Def And Talib Kweli Do The Colbert Report

Way the hell back in 1998, underground-rap leading lights Mos Def and Talib Kweli teamed up to record the collaborative album Mos Def And Talib
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2011 - 9:24 am
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Odd Future’s Performance On Fallon Is A Thing You Absolutely Should Watch

NBC found its must-see TV last night, thanks to an intense four-minute appearance from a shock-tricked hip hop troupe of teenagers from Los Angeles. Honor…
Amrit Singh | February 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm
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Kanye West – “Runaway” Video

At long last here's the 35-minute short film Kanye briefly teased at the VMAs last month. The usual suspects -- Pusha T, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj…
Scott Lapatine | October 23, 2010 - 8:43 pm
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Download Kanye’s “Lord Lord Lord,” Meet His Yale Life Coach

Kanye West's series of weekly digital singles (G.O.O.D. Fridays) was slightly late last week, with "Lord Lord Lord" appearing Saturday morning. It's another easygoing track…
jessica | September 20, 2010 - 10:11 am
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of Montreal Visit Yo Gabba Gabba! With “Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast!”

Yesterday we brought you Weezer's buggy performance on Nickelodeon's kooky-cool children's show Yo Gabba Gabba. of Montreal will be on today's show (airing…
jessica | March 10, 2010 - 9:40 am
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New Gorillaz – “Stylo” (Feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)

The internet's supplementing yesterday's news that Gorillaz will headline Coachella with the first listen from Plastic Beach, the animated experimentalists anticipated third LP. Guests galore…
Amrit Singh | January 20, 2010 - 12:24 pm
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Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, And Two Dirty Projectors Did Fallon

This Black Star reunion from the night before Thanksgiving features DP’s Amber and Haley along with the Roots on “History” from Mos’s The Ecstatic LP.
Amrit Singh | November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am
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