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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

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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


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

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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

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

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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