Yasiin Bey To Perform Last Show Ever This Week
In a Facebook Live video broadcasted Friday, Yasiin Bey announced that he will be canceling his remaining U.K. tour dates and retire following a show scheduled for sometime this week in Cape Town. He will livestream the farewell performance. “I’m retiring for real this year, this week,” he told fans. “With the 17th anniversary of Black on Both Sides being released, I am grateful to have had the career that I have been able to enjoy.”
19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
Jay Z Shares "Songs For Survival" TIDAL Playlist
The recent wave of police shootings and ensuing protests inspired Jay Z to release a new single "Spiritual." He followed that up over the weekend with a 24-track playlist called "Songs for Survival."
Yasiin Bey’s Court Date In South Africa Delayed
Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, appeared in court today outside of Cape Town to work out some legal details of his case. Bey was originally arrested for using a fraudulent passport and overstaying his artist’s visa by a few years. However, he ran into a hiccup when the judge would not allow him to appear while wearing his turban.
5 Times Kanye West Amazed In The Studio
Kanye West’s career was a long time coming. He spent years in the late ’90s grinding in Chicago music scene before he finally caught on with Roc-A-Fella Records and made a huge impact with work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
Yasiin Bey Rep Gives Statement About Rapper's Arrest
News circulated quickly this morning about Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) being detained in South Africa following his use of a bogus passport. A representative of Bey has spoked to Okayafrica to clear up a few details about the incident.
Yasiin Bey, FKA Mos Def, Has Been Arrested In South Africa
Since 2013, Mos Def – who now goes by Yasiin Bey – has been residing in Cape Town, South Africa. He left after becoming disillusioned with “certain aspects of America,” and has not expressed any interest in moving back to America.
Yasiin Bey Shares Thoughts On ISIS & The Paris Attacks
Friday's great tragedy in Paris has found many artists sending out thoughts and prayers to the victims of the attack, but while most reactions have been limited to social media posts and hashtags, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) has made an effort to share a little more of his outlook on the events that transpired.
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) To Reunite In Australia
It's now been 17 years since Black Star, the duo of Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, and Talib Kweli, released their one and only album, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Though Bey and Kweli have each been busy with their solo careers, it has just been announced that Black Star will reunite for a tour in Australia and New Zealand. This doesn't do too much for us in the Western Hemisphere, so hopefully the short-lived reunion tour is a prelude for more to come. The world could certainly use another Black Star album.
Marvel Remixes More Dope Album Covers: 2Pac, Jay Z, Mos Def & More
In July, Marvel began remixing our favorite album covers, and they've since kept it going, making good on their mission to place their superheroes and comic book characters into just about every piece of classic hip-hop cover art. Normally, reworking a 2Pac record cover, as they've done today, would be blasphemy, but the artists at Marvel are always respectful of their source material, and they've reminded us of some classics that we often forget to revisit.
Mos Def Responds To Lupe Fiasco & King Los: "I’m Not Trying To Arrange Fights With Them”
Fans of battle rapping, lyricism and all-around #BARS rejoiced yesterday when it looked like Lupe Fiasco and King Los were about to jump into the ring with Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey), who had issued a challenge to other rappers to battle him.
Mos Def Invites Rappers To Battle Him, Lupe Fiasco & King Los Respond
Mos Def seems to be inspired by the recent wave of rap beef, and he's ready to take on a battle of his own. The rapper shared a video challenge today, suggesting he, King Los, and Black Thought could take on any rapper in a battle. It didn't take long for rappers to start responding, with King Los co-signing the challenge, and Lupe Fiasco starting writing some mock bars (including one with a Quentin Miller punchline).
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).
Places & Faces Referenced On ASAP Rocky's "A.L.L.A."
After his debut album, Live.Long.A$AP, ASAP Rocky went quiet for awhile-- music-wise, that is. In the interim between L.L.A. and A.L.L.A., Rocky rose atop the fashion world and romanced some very high-profile celebrities. He didn't forget the music, though, and A.L.L.A. is certainly his most ambitious project yet.
ASAP Rocky Brings Out Yasiin Bey In London
ASAP Rocky is huge in London. The Harlem rapper recorded his entire upcoming album, At.Long.Last.A$AP (which we might see in May), in the U.K. capital, and this past weekend, he took the stage at one of London's biggest clubs. Rocky was the headlining guest at legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B's debut residency night at club XOYO.
The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers
Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel to one of Ben Stiller's best-loved movies: "Zoolander." It won't be the first time Mr.
Black Milk Announces "Play Like Hell" Tour Dates
Black Milk has proved himself as one of the most consistent artists out of Detroit over the last few years, and he's looking to translate his lush sample work to the stage in a new way this year. With the announcement of the "Play Like Hell" tour, the producer will be making his way through North America, recreating his records with live instrumentation from live band Nat Tuner.He's also recruited a couple of friends to help him out along the way, with Fashawn, Mos Def, and Lyrics Born joining him on select dates. Check out the full schedule below.
#TBT: Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli is one of Brooklyn's many great MCs. In 1998 he linked up with fellow Brooklynite Mos Def for the lone Black Star LP, a record that is still influencing rappers today. Since then he's gone on to release a number of solo albums, linking up with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Big K.R.I.T., Kanye West, Common, Norah Jones, Raekwon and many more. It should be noted that Dave Chappelle also loves Talib Kweli.
#TBT Mos Def's Early Classics
Yasiin Bey has taken on the role as a hip-hop elder. He speaks on important issues and is often times regarded as a spokesperson for the culture along with cats like Talib Kweli, Questlove, Q-Tip, etc.
Yasiin Bey Addresses Police Brutality
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) spoke to Stop Being Famous regarding police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. As one of hip-hop's premiere conscious emcees, Bey's reaction to the events was sure to be thought-provoking, and he didn't disappoint.