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Chicago drill spitter King Louie was shot in the head two weeks ago. His vehicle was riddled with 22 bullets total. Seven of them hit Louie, three of which are still embedded in his body today — two in his chest and the one in his head. Miraculously, he only spent five days in the… More »

If you go see Travi$ Scott live, you’ll see some exciting things. You’ll see Scott whirling across the stage, his hair flying in every direction. You see him diving headlong into the crowd — not the “hold on, everyone, get ready to catch me” stagedives that some rappers do, but the sudden and convulsive Trash… More »

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 gain… More »

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Hear Mos Def Freestyle About His South Africa Arrest

Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, was arrested in South Africa last week for trying to use a World Passport to leave the country. He's still…
Peter Helman | January 19, 2016 - 11:33 pm
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Mos Def Arrested For Trying To Travel With Fake Passport

Yaasin Bey, better known as Mos Def, was arrested yesterday in South Africa's Capetown International Airport after airport officials found his passport to be fraudulent,…
Collin Robinson | January 15, 2016 - 10:49 am
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Travi$ Scott – “Piss On Your Grave” (Feat. Kanye West) Video

Travi$ Scott has shared the video for his Kanye West Rodeo collaboration "Piss On Your Grave." The clip was directed by the legendary Nabil, who…
James Rettig | October 30, 2015 - 1:18 pm
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Golden Rules – “Never Die (Paul White Remix)” (Feat. Freddie Gibbs & Yasiin Bey)

The UK producer Paul White has done a lot of work with Danny Brown, and now he's teamed up with the Florida rapper Eric Biddenes…
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2015 - 11:10 am

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's…
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

11 Intriguing Appearances On At.Long.Last.A$AP

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…
Nate Patrin | May 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm
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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 Is…
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 goes…
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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80 Other Bands With Official Sneakers

Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their…
Scott Lapatine | April 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm
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