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Tag Archives: Mos Def
Sorry for the lack of posts in the new year. And yeah, I know that every website on the Internet has already posted this. But I don’t care. Directed by Coodie & Chike. Taken from The Ecstatic.
While the Plug One 50’s top 20 albums list is designed to be authoritative (or at least highly opinionated), the top 30 tracks list tends to be a mishmash of random favorites. These are a few songs that caught my … Continue reading
This year’s crop of hip hop albums was an improvement over last year. But it didn’t come from the artists expected to dominate. Around this time in 2008, everyone was buzzing about the “new school” of blog-hyped rappers. They injected … Continue reading
(Note: This review was originally posted on Vibe.com before the company was liquidated and sold to new owners. It is no longer available on the website, so I decided to re-post it here.) Mos Def, The Ecstatic Downtown Records Whatâ€™s … Continue reading
Artist of the year candidate appropriates a one-cam strategy to unique (if slightly annoying) effect. Apologies for the OnSmash.com linkage, I didn’t look for a non-site-affiliated clip this time. Directed by Dribblez & Weirdcore. Taken from The Ecstatic.
Mos Def is currently on tour behind his new album, The Ecstatic. Jay Electronica, who has an album dropping via Decon Records this fall, is lending support. Erykah Badu and Mos’ old crew Medina Green appear on select dates.
Next week on June 9, Mos Def will release his long-awaited album The Ecstatic via Downtown Records. Contrary to reports from last year, it appears that Kanye West hasn’t contributed any tracks. Instead, Mighty Mos turned to Madlib, Oh No … Continue reading
Here is a speculative list of ten 2009 hip-hop albums. All of these titles are scheduled to drop sometime during the next 12 months. I omitted some perennial “coming soon” titles (Madvillainy 2, 9th Wonder’s The Wonder Years, Ghost & … Continue reading
It’s been a long time since people have had a reason to care about Mos Def’s music. While I have a soft spot for 2004’s The New Danger, I think we can all agree that his last two albums were below his usual standards, frustrating fans who loved him during his Rawkus glory years. Reportedly, Mos Def hated being on Geffen Records, which picked up his contract after it bought Rawkus, and he may have tanked those albums in order to get out of his deal. But that’s my theory.
Mos Def has recently signed with Downtown Records, the home of Gnarls Barkley, Spank Rock and — in a joint venture with Atlantic and Vice — Justice. The tres cool label has immediately set about resuscitating Mos’ music career by placing him and Spank Rock on an official remix of Justice’s club hit "D.A.N.C.E.," which you can download at RCRD LBL. According to a story on Billboard.com, Mos Def is reuniting with West, who produced the best tracks on The New Danger.
If the album comes out next year, it will coincide nicely with Mos Def’s blossoming acting career. He currently has several films in production and one of them, Michael Gondry’s new flick Be Kind Rewind, is already penciled in for January 25. The buddy comedy, which co-stars Jack Black, is about two video store clerks who reshoot popcorn classics such as Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. 80s babies will love it.
Since there’s not much to report on Mos Def’s new album, here’s the trailer for Be Kind Rewind.