Tag Archives: Mos Def

The Departure (Side One) Album Download – Yasiin Gaye / Amerigo Gazaway

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As the man behind projects such as “Fela Soul” and “Bizarre Tribe”, Nashville’s Amerio Gazaway is no stranger to inspired ideas, but this Mos Def / Marvin Gaye combo might just be his crowning achievement – listen here.

Yasiin Gaye Album Trailer – Mos Def / Marvin Gaye

Trailer for the forthcoming “Yasiin Gaye” project from Gummy Soul’s Amerigo Gazaway which blends the rhymes of Mos Def and the classic vocals of Marvin Gaye over beats built around samples from the Motown legend’s catalogue.

Just One Record – DJ Premier

The legendary Gang Starr producer visits France and discusses why Mos Def’s “Mathematics” is one of his favourite creations in the latest episode of “Just One Record”.

Basement Vibes Remix EP Download – Phoniks

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Those of you with good memories may remember a post on Old To The New last summer highlighting Portland, Maine producer Phoniks’ impressive remix of Biggie’s classic “Kick In The Door” – that dope reworking is included on this new project from the dusty-fingered beatmaker along with his equally impressive interpretations of other 90s favourites from Common, Wu-Tang, Kool G. Rap and more – download here.

NY Renaissance Mixtape Download – DJ Ivan6 & Mayor

Mayor (head-honcho of UK label Associated Minds) teams-up with DJ Ivan6 for this mix of new-school NY Hip-Hop from the likes of Roc Marciano, Das Racist, Action Bronson and Homeboy Sandman – check it here.

Words From Mayor:

I was recently ask to do my current top 10 Hip-Hop tunes for DJ Magazine here in the UK. When I started trying to put it together it made me realise there is a hell of lot of good music being made all over planet Earth right now. But, quietly, with no real fanfare, New York has been going through a real creative sweet patch in the last few years, generating all different types of Hip-Hop well worth your attention.

So whilst it was hard to whittle it down we tried coz we good like that, then we reached out to DJ Ivan6 of ‘Holdin Court’ crew to put a quick mix together. There’s been amazing music from long time recognised legends of the art like Mos Def, Ski Beatz, Roc Marciano or the under-praised gravel voice monster that is Rock from Heltah Skeltah. Or the left field honesty and creativity of Cool Calm Pete, Das Racist, Junk Science’s Nuclear Family label or  Nasa’s Uncommon Records label. And that’s still leaving out the new generation style dons like Homeboy Sandman, Fresh Daily, YC The Cynic, Action Bronson and A.M. fave, the beast Elucid.  This is by no way a definitive list. There’s loads more we couldn’t squeeze on. This is really just the tip of the iceberg.

After thought: Looking at the list I guess the one thing all these artists have got in common is a real right to call themselves ’emcees’. All of them are rooted and focussed on coming strong with the rhymes. No clone business. Just style, flow and originality every time. These were the things that drew us into loving Hip-Hop in the first place so many years ago. It’s good to know it’s still going strong.

Star Time – Mos Def / Talib Kweli

Footage of Mos Def and Talib Kweli performing the Black Star banger “Definition” at Paid Dues 2011.

New Joint – Mos Def

Mos Def – “World Premiere” (MySpace.Com/MosDef / 2011)

The BK emcee introduces this latest Madlib-produced track on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit”.

Those of you paying attention will recognise the beat from Madlib’s instrumental project “Beat Konducta Vol. 5”.

It’s Bigger Than… – Mos Def

The mighty Mos Def performs “Hip-Hop” at the 2010 Afro-Punk Festival

Used To Wish I Could Break With… – Rock Steady Crew

Short trailer for the “Bouncing Cats” documentary narrated by Common and Mos Def and featuring the legendary Rock Steady Crew.

Black Star – Mos Def

The mighty Mos Def almost takes a tumble (at 1:58) while performing “Hip-Hop” at San Francisco’s Band Shell Music Summit this weekend.

Tributes – VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2008

Footage from VH1’s recent Hip-Hop Honors show featuring MC Lyte, Busta Rhymes, Ghostface, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Estelle, Q-Tip etc.

Tribute To Slick Rick

Tribute To Isaac Hayes

Tribute To De La Soul

Universal Magnetic – Mos Def

The mighty Mos drops a verse at the Magic Convention in Las Vegas.

Straight To The 90s – Big Pun / DMX / Canibus / Mos Def / John Forte

Late-90s roundtable discussion on the science of rhyming featuring Big Pun, DMX, Canibus, Mos Def and John Forte. 

Thursday Throwback (Part 22) – Black Star

Black Star ft. Common – “Respiration” ( Rawkus / 1998 )

A classic moment from the independent Hip-Hop renaissance of the late-90s that still causes goosebumps today.

Back when Black Star’s self-titled debut album dropped I was involved with UK-based underground Hip-Hop mag FATBOSS – listening to Mos Def and Talib Kweli on cuts such as “Respiration” and “Definition” will always take me back to that time when I felt like every word I wrote about subterranean acts such as The Arsonists, Non-Phixion and Rasco was helping keep the spirit of real Hip-Hop alive in the face of an increasingly shallow and money-driven mainstream rap industry. Ahhh, the good old days.


Back In The Day – Nas, UMCs, Black Sheep, Rakim etc.

A sensory overload of golden-era goodness – how many of these joints can you remember?