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Kendrick Lamar And Mainstream Rap’s Growing Conscience

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…
Collin Robinson | January 5, 2016 - 9:29 am

Status Ain't Hood

Status Ain’t Hood: The Stark Blankness Of Travi$ Scott’s Disappointing Rodeo

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.
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 11:18 am

Essay

The Immortal Soul: The Revival Of Soul Music And Its History In Hip-Hop Production

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…
Stereogum | August 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm

More Mos Def stories

Yasiin Bey & Ferrari Sheppard’s Dec. 99th Announce Debut Album

Yasiin Bey is supposedly retiring from music, with a series of farewell shows scheduled in the coming months following his recent release from South Africa.
Chris DeVille | November 28, 2016 - 12:40 pm

Yasiin Bey Announces Farewell Shows

Earlier today, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) was permitted to leave South Africa after apologizing for carrying a travel document not recognized by…
James Rettig | November 22, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Yasiin Bey Allowed To Leave South Africa After Apology

Earlier this year, South African authorities arrested Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, when he attempted to leave South Africa carrying something…
Tom Breihan | November 22, 2016 - 8:41 am

Premiere

Cold War Kids – “Saint John” (Feat. Mos Def)

Monday marked the 10th anniversary of Cold War Kids' debut album Robbers & Cowards. To celebrate, the Long Beach indie rock veterans are sharing a…
Chris DeVille | October 12, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Yasiin Bey – “Local Time”

Yasiin Bey, the man who once used the name Mos Def, has said that he's at work on what will be his final album. In…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2016 - 11:55 am

Yasiin Bey – “Dec. 99th – N.A.W.”

Yasiin Bey, the man who once went by Mos Def, has been going through some confusion lately. He's announced that he's retiring from both music…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2016 - 11:47 am

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

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

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

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

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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