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The Anniversary

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star Turns 20

In the first episode of Succession, HBO's great show about the travails of an evil New York billionaire family, there's a scene that's excruciating on…
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2018 - 11:06 am

2016 In Review

The Year The Mainstream Discovered Tame Impala

Last year, Kevin Parker released Currents, his third album under the Tame Impala moniker. It was the moment where he moved beyond the dense psych-rock…
Ryan Leas | December 29, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Sounding Board

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

More Mos Def stories

Watch Black Star’s Surprise Reunion At Robert Glasper’s Blue Note Residency

Robert Glasper is currently in the middle of a residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, which will total 24 nights…
James Rettig | October 15, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Yasiin Bey Announces Black Star Album Produced By Madlib

Black Star, the hip-hop duo composed of Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Talib Kweli, are apparently working on a new album with…
Peter Helman | February 11, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Watch Gorillaz Perform With D.R.A.M. And De La Soul At The Meadows

Gorillaz headlined day two of The Meadows festival in New York City and hosted a parade of guests throughout their set including Mos Def/Yasiin Bey…
Grace Birnstengel | September 17, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Stream Dec 99th (Yasiin Bey & Ferrari Sheppard) December 99th

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has had an interesting past few months. He was finally allowed to leave South Africa after a passport
Collin Robinson | December 21, 2016 - 11:15 am

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


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
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