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

While the A$AP Mob has always attracted attention for their Tumblr-cultivated iconography (and iconoclasm), they’ve typically been less about chasing or even starting trends than they are about reinventing them. A$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 »

By: Nate Patrin / May 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm

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 changing his name. All those things are also true of MF Doom. Doom and Bey also shared a quick American tour a few years ago; it’s fair to say they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2015 - 11:17 am

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 Ilunga with an assist from Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def. “Till We Ghosts” actually premiered two years ago in a different form, but this new versio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 17, 2014 - 11:02 am

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 staging hunger strikes. To break those hunger strikes, it’s standard military practice to force-feed many of those detainees through an absolutely awful process that involves a feeding tube up the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2013 - 3:12 pm

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 Not Afraid of the Dark.” West produced the track. It ultimately did not end up on the album, but following a recent live performance of the song, Mos Def ha… More »

By: Liz Pelly / April 6, 2013 - 3:22 pm

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 in over radio-big rap songs. The first one was “Niggas In Poorest,” and the latest, called “Bey,” uses the instrumental from Lil Wayne’s “John” and pays tribute to Biggie Smalls,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2012 - 5:23 pm

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 he’ll remake and tweak some big radio hits. In the first entry, he takes on “Niggas In Paris,” the great and world-conquering smash from his more-famous buddies Kanye West and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2012 - 11:58 am

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 song, “You Already Knew,” before hitting the J Dilla-produced “Little Brother” from The Hurricane soundtrack. With the legendary Roots crew in step, it’s just as smooth as you’re imagining it… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 4, 2012 - 9:48 am

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 Kweli Are Black Star. They’ve both stayed plenty busy in the years since, but beyond the odd one-off collab or show, Black Star haven’t returned as a duo since that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2011 - 9:24 am

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 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.

I did some… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm

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. Honors to Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats, with the help of Questlove (in black hoodie for necessary, bonus hardness) and Mos Def’s Kool Aid swilled “SWAAAG”s delivered straight into camera… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm

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 (in a Brit accent), and Bon Iver — make vocal assists, and allegedly 90% of this soundtrack will appear on the forthcoming LP. “Runaway” (written by Hype Williams and shot… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 23, 2010 - 8:43 pm

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 featuring former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson alongside West, Mos Def, Raekwon, and Swizz Beatz. Listen below, and go to to download it in exchange for your email address. More »

By: jessica / September 20, 2010 - 10:11 am

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 10:30 ET/PT), but it won’t be their first Yo Gabba Gabba moment — the band turned in a song about dental hygiene a season back. It will be the first… More »

By: jessica / March 10, 2010 - 9:40 am

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 on the album (Lou Reed, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Mark E. Smith, Gruff Rhys, Mick Jones & Paul Simonen, etc.), which Damon says is “the most post record he’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 20, 2010 - 12:24 pm

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. A(nother) hat tip to the Fallon show for doing awesome things on the somewhat regular. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:19 am

Gorillaz Plastic Beach Has Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def

Two years ago Damon Albarn told NME that Gorillaz wouldn’t make any more pop records. But you know better than to take Damon’s word on the future of his endeavors. In a recent interview with the Guardian he says his cartoon band’s next LP has a title (Plastic Beach, because “the idea that plastic, we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 10:07 am

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam during a reportedly monstrous, festival headlining two-hour set. There were Brooklynites and Brits, Dave Matthews and Phoenix, The B-52s and Mos Def, John Paul Jones and Karen O. Basically there… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

New Blakroc – “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)”

The Black Keys recruited quite a crew for their Damon Dash-spearheaded hip-hop project Blakroc. Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Ludacris, and the ghost of ODB all appear. Hear a cut and look for the LP 11/27 AKA Black Friday. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:32 pm

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their treks across country, they’ve shared nothing but raves for this year’s festival, from the Gorge’s breathtaking views to this year’s fantastic lineup. Even the public indecency seems particularly magical on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 29, 2009 - 9:25 am
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