The inimitable Mos Def covers the Winter 2011 issue of the good Antenna Magazine. Speaking of, Mr. Beze is appearing in the John Guare play “A Free Man of Color,” currently at Lincoln Center. Add that to your check list. [via Collab Society]
UPDATE, YET AGAIN: Added “Take One For The Team” and “Don’t Look Down” artwork.
UPDATE, AGAIN: Added Child Rebel Soldier “Don’t Stop” [via LupEND].
UPDATE: Added the latest G.O.O.D. Fridays delivery, “So Apalled” & “Christian Dior Denim Flow” below.
After his Taylor Swift and Hennessey inspired hiatus, Kanye West has returned with a vengeance. XXL Mag cover, outlandish Horus chain, buzzworthy VMA performances and of course, getting quizzical shots fired at him by Dipset. While the hoopla continues to swirl about Mr. West, I’ve come to appreciate the graphic design of the artwork for his singles (black background with the occasional watermark and bold red lettering). Check your Twitter feed and you’ll see many avatars either swiping them or using them as inspiration. And of course, would be MCs are jacking them wholesale for their own work.
Here is all of Kanye’s artwork for his G.O.O.D. Fridays leaks with download links for each song. Said links probably won’t last very long. So get them while the getting is G.O.O.D. Except for that ish with Beiber—I wouldn’t share that with my worst enemy. Kanye’s fifth album Good Ass Job Dark Twisted Fantasy My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is now due November 16, for now.
Kanye West “Don’t Look Down” f/ Mos Def, Big Sean & Lupe Fiasco
Kanye West “Take One For The Team” f/ Kanye West, Pusha T, & Cyhi Da Prince & Keri Hilson
Child Rebel Soldier “Don’t Stop!“
Kanye West “Dior Denim Flow” f/ Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks & Ryan Leslie
Ski Beatz plus the Mighty Mos Def equates to instant goodness. The song, “Cream of the Planet,” sounds as fresh—sounds like Spanish flavored horns in the mix—as it does on paper. Creative Control on the visual. [Peeped at Nah Right]
Ski’s 24 Hour Karate School now drops September 7, allegedly.
Kind of ill how the Mos Def of 2010 aesthetically looks pretty much like the Mos Def of 1995 (Urban Thermo Dynamic “Manifest Destiny”) below.
Where Is 24 Hour Karate School? [The Smoking Section]
Inspired by Up North Trips, a daily destination.
The Mighty Mos Def is probably getting a nice check from this one. “Quiet Dog Bite Hard” from The Ecstatic (you can see the album cover at the :06 mark) plays in the background during the above Palm ad.
Sticking with my iPhone, though.
Also worth noting, the Steve Aoki mix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” can be heard in the Vitamin Water ad below.
“Just keep an eye out, like ‘Aye aye Captain!’”
Mos Def performed “Accordion” from Madvillainy at that now infamous Chicago show were a MF DOOM doppelganger was running rampant.
UPDATE ON MOSDOOM CHICAGO – THE PROMOTER SPEAKS [Idol Threat]
By the way; “Living off borrowed time the clock ticks faster,” is one of the illest rhyme openers ever. [Peeped at Stones Throw]
As good a reason as any to post the official vid below.
Back in ’98 I was Hip-Hop Music Director at WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia. The nondescript position made me privy to treats like an advance copy of A Tribe Called Quest’s then last hurrah, The Love Movement. OG promo man Al Lindstrom had been servicing me with music from Jive Records for a minute so after a few pestering phone calls (e-mail? nah.) he sent me the CD advance, making me that ninja amongst my inner circle of Hip-Hop heads.
The proliferation of MP3 blogs has pretty much deaded proper advances for most major label releases. More often than not, the best you get is a watermarked copy with annoying commentary to discourage bootlegging or worse yet, the corny listening session where every ass kiss journo raves about how this is the album of the year.
The point of this inaugural Rare Joints post is that The Love Movement’s advance included the above intro track featuring Mos Def pontificating on the loveliness of ATCQ. The inclusion of the minute and change track probably wouldn’t have made the album’s initially lukewarm reception by fans and critics much better. But to its credit the The Love Movement has aged well in the ATCQ cannon, in no small part due to Jay Dee/J. Dilla’s sonic influence.
Video: A Tribe Called Quest Reunites for Phife Dawg’s Diabetes Benefit [Nah Right]
Video: Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli & Mos Def Perform @ The Knitting Factory [The Smoking Section]
Guess Black Dante isn’t trying to do have anyone else in his videos. The Ecstatic; it’s been in stores, stop hibernating.
Friday The 13th: A Night With The Cool Kids & Mos Def [High Snobiety]
Precise, concise and witty commentary from the good J Smooth over at The Ill Doctrine regarding all the beef shammery. Beans is on disgruntled mailroom worker status. 50 Cent is talking in circles. And Jay “I eat quail” Z pretty much wins by default.
To quote Mos Def, “Beef don’t come with a radio edit.”
The Weekend in Music Feuds [Vulture]
Beans Lost [XXL]