mos def black on both sides tour – Yasiin Bey Will Perform ‘Black On Both Sides’ Anniversary Concert In BK

Mos Def had guested on tracks by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul in 1996; Talib Kweli worked on an album by Mood and teamed up with DJ Hi-Tek in Reflection Eternal. However, the album release comes with a catch.

mos def brooklyn whosampled – Mos Def’s ‘Black On Both Sides’ Turns 20

MOS DEFUnderground rap hero from Brooklyn whose poignant, conscientious lyrics and distinctive delivery helped him record a brace of hip-hop landmarks. As a young boy, he was most inspired by the early leaders of hip hop, those who used hip hop as a battle of wits to teach, entertain and make others think. He was a natural performer and also embraced his love for the stage and acting.

Look at Mos Def and you see a poster child for the East Coast hip-hopper, Brooklyn division. But when he opens his mouth, whether plying his rhymes or just chatting, his eloquence shatters the preconceptions. What comes out is a surprising moral rectitude and religious focus.

It’s been two decades since Yasiin Bey , known then as Mos Def , released his debut solo record, Black on Both Sides. Now, in celebration, the prolific hip-hop artist will perform the album in full at a pair of concerts this fall.

Hollywood star Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) has joined local online radio station, The Eye, and will broadcast live from Cape Town. Mos Def features on the first single, ” Stylo “, from the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach , alongside soul legend Bobby Womack He also appears on the track titled “Sweepstakes”.


Yasiin Bey’s work has almost always been called ‘conscious rap’ but the label is a bit flimsy as it suggests a greater value than other hip-hop. One thing is certain however is he deftly combines exciting sounds with insightful lyrics. Just given the strength of The Ecstatic, his show in Manchester will definitely be an event to remember.


Born Dante Smith, he is a rapper, actor, and political activist who also goes by the name Yasiin Bey. He is one half of the duo Black Star with Talib Kweli and he has had prominent roles in several movies and TV shows, including Dexter, Be Kind Rewind, and The Italian Job.

When Mos Def’s debut album Black On Both Sides arrived — 20 years ago, tomorrow — it was a refreshing breath of nasty New York City air of the Brooklyn variety. If you’ve ever lived in or even just visited NYC, then you know sometimes it has the most stale, putrid, muggy air that will ever fill your lungs. For an album so staunchly rooted in Brooklyn and hip-hop history, to exude that air and still sound revitalizing was quite the feat.

Hip-hop artist, singer and actor Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) has been detained by South African authorities after he attempted to leave the country to perform at a show in Ethiopia—and the situation has apparently driven the artist to retire from music and film entirely.

In 1999, Yasiin Bey released his solo debut album Black on Both Sides, also through Rawkus. Around this time, he also contributed to the Scritti Politti album Anomie & Bonhomie and the Rawkus compilations Lyricist Lounge, V. I, Lyricist Lounge V. II and Soundbombing.

Richardson and Bey chose the Bronx partly for its deep links to early hip-hop culture. The first show, in mid-August, will be an exhibition of work by Jonathan Mannion, who has been photographing rap legends such as Jay-Z, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, and Nas since the 1990s.

Although he was initially recognized for his musical output, since the early 2000s, Mos Def’s screen work has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who has garnered critical acclaim for his acting work. He is well known for his portrayal of Brother Sam in the American drama series Dexter. Mos Def has also been active in several social and political causes.

The albums created quite a buzz in the hip-hop world, but Mos Def left them behind to concentrate on acting once again. He earned roles in 2000’s Bamboozled, which was directed by Spike Lee, 2001’s Monster’s Ball, starring Halle Berry, 2002’s Brown Sugar, and 2004’s The Woodsman. For his role in The Woodsman, Mos Def earned a Black Reel Award for best actor in an independent film.

On September 7, 2007, Mos Def appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher where he spoke about racism against African Americans, citing the government response to Hurricane Katrina, the Jena Six and the murder conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal. He appeared on Real Time again on March 27, 2009, and spoke about the risk of nuclear weapons. Mos Def said that he did not listen to any of Osama Bin Laden’s messages because he did not trust the translations.

Rap was at a critical juncture. The culture of hip-hop and the medium of rap were becoming more defined as separate entities while still occupying the same space as the century rapidly came to a close. At the 1999 Grammys, Lauryn Hill claimed the first ever Album Of The Year award for a hip-hop and R&B release, with the tour de force that is The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill But at the same time, Juvenile and Cash Money foreshadowed a commercial rap boom when they declared both 1999 and 2000 were theirs on one of the biggest hits of the year, Back That Azz Up” Dr. Dre’s 2001 would earn a gold certification in its first week en route to a platinum plaque with over 90 seconds of audio from a staged orgy on it.

Hosted by one of the calmest rap voices you’ll ever hear, Mos’ debut was appropriately soothing, rhythmically hard, vocally liquid, full of melting-pot soul-jazz sonics as his loose cavalcade of compadres like Questlove , Common , and D’Angelo developed their awe-inspiring studio aesthetics. If you can remember which songs he speaks (the opener “Fear Not Of Man”), sings and raps by merely from skimming the tracklist, you’re probably not being honest. It’s only now cherry-picking for research two decades on that it’s actually apparent he doesn’t start rapping until five minutes into his first album. Flow was his thing; for all of Sides’ genre-splicing, its trick was that it never felt like it was doing something new (even though it beat OutKast and Gnarls Barkley to the punch by years.

For TIDAL, we explore Mos Def’s ‘Black on Both Sides,’ an album that captures the rhythms of black expression. On June 28, 2019, Bey appeared on Bandana, an album by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, alongside Black Thought, on a track named Education.

Yasiin Bey, a.k.a GRAMMY-nominated rapper Mos Def , has announced that he will perform his 1999 debut album Black On Both Sides in full in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Mos Def also designed two pairs of limited edition Converse shoes. The shoes were released to Foot Locker stores on August 1, 2009 in very limited amounts.

A colleague who is a fan says that though she finds U R the One” candid about the politics of romantic breakups, she nevertheless thinks the lyrics overly provocative and profane. Mos finds himself donning the conscious rapper” mantle for one wing of the hip-hop community, but too street” for those expecting constant political piety. Of course, most of our hip-hop heroes straddle the line between saint and pariah, and doing so is more a sign of vitality than a negative.

After his first streak of success in music, Yasiin decided to re-invigorate his acting career. In no time, he was casted for brief appearances in Bamboozled, Monster’s Ball and Brown Sugar. He began hosting the award-winning HBO spoken word show, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, which ran for seven seasons.


Dante Terrell Smith, best known by his stage names Mos Def and Yasiin Bey, is a Brooklyn-born rapper, actor, and producer. His hip hop career began in the early ’90s with local alt-rappers Da Bush Babees and De La Soul, with whom he collaborated before releasing his debut single “Universal Magnetic.” In 1998, he teamed up with Talib Kweli to form the duo Black Star, whose debut LP is considered a contemporary classic and major influence over the “backpack rap” scene. As a solo artist, Mos Def has released four albums to critical and commercial acclaim, firmly establishing his reputation as one of the genre’s most stylish lyricists. Reuniting with Talib Kweli for several highly anticipated Black Star shows in 2014, Mos has fans eagerly awaiting more as rumors of new material mount.

After rescheduling his UK dates due to adverse weather conditions”, Rapper Yasiin Bey is finally able to return to the UK for a short, three date tour stopping off at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on the 16th April. He’s reviving his former stage name as the show has been billed as ‘Yasiin Bey performs Mos Def’. The Brooklyn native rose to fame in the late 90s with the highly rated albums Blackstar (a collaboration with Talib Kweli) and Black on Both Sides. Both albums touched heavily on ideas of black identity and experience in America and did so with immaculate and enamoring production.

2-Man Mos Def is ill, but he was really pushing his luck with his newest album. US hip hop artist Yasiin Bey, popularly known as Mos Def, will appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for contravening South Africa’s immigration laws.

I was in DJ Spinna’s house one day, and he had gotten the advance copy of the album. He was like, “Yo, your track is different. They did some changes to it.” So, I listened to it and I was pissed off laughs. Mos was actually heading to DJ Spinna’s house that day, so I basically ambushed Mos when he got there. Dante has been a friend of mine for a long time, so we used to hang tight. He could have easily told me, instead of me finding out that particular way. At the end of the day, he’s an artist; it’s his album. What he wants to happen with the song is gonna be the priority.

Def was accused of anti-Semitism when in 2004, Def rapped “some tall Israeli is running this rap shit.” Which was a reference to the Israeli music executive Lyor Cohen, that Def singled out, together with white men in general, corporate greed, and drugs, as one of the main reasons for the decline of hip-hop.

NTS aired an episode dedicated to the music of Mos Def on 21 January 2019. Mos Def has been played over 210 times on NTS, first on 11 August 2011. Mos Def’s music has been featured on 190 episodes. Mos Def has announced that he will be dropping the name Mos Def” by the end of this year, and will henceforth be known on record as Yasiin.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: ranked him #24 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time, while The Source ranked him #23 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time. Allmusic called him one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late ’90s, as well as one of hip-hop’s brightest hopes entering the 21st century.

Initially regarded as one of the most promising rappers to emerge in the late ’90s, Mos Def, aka Yasiin Bey , turned to acting in subsequent years as music became a secondary concern for him. Mos Def features on the first single, “Stylo”, from the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, alongside soul legend Bobby Womack. He also appears on the track titled “Sweepstakes”.

As one of hip hop’s most revered lyricists, Mos Def never ceases to surprise and impress with his dexterous flow. On stage, he cuts a stylish figure, effortlessly displaying his wordsmithing skills, charismatic energy, and boundless positivity while paying tribute to cultural icons like Mohammed Ali. Whether performing with longtime collaborator Talib Kweli or rolling solo, Mos makes sure crowds are bumped, grinded, and fully educated in the “fundamental mathematics” of his intricate verses, laying it down as only he can on tracks like “Ms. Fat Booty” and “Body Rock.” With a highly anticipated new album in the works, Mos will treat fans to another dose of cerebral hip hop on his 2014 tour dates.

That Native Tongues tie would lead to him showing the world much more of what he could do alongside fellow crew member and Brooklynite Talib Kweli on Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star in 1998. From Brooklyn to Africa it was hard to find someone tapped into rap that wouldn’t respond to One, two, three… ” with Mos Def and Talib Kweli-i-i!” The perfect pairing established both as firmly local, but worldly MCs with head-spinning rhyming abilities. The album only hit #53 at its peak position on the charts, but it was critically beloved and caught the attention of the zeitgeist. Even so: Despite the buzz, there were still doubts about how the mighty Mos would perform commercially and fit into the changing landscape of the mainstream.

With his distinctive blend of jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, and soul, four-time Grammy®-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper closes out his two-week residency at the REACH with music from his award-winning, genre-defying album Black Radio. The performance features the Robert Glasper Experiment and special guest emcee Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def).

The album has aged beautifully in other ways, though. There are clear sight lines to contemporary, politically conscious albums like J Cole’s KOD. Black On Both Sides is still a blueprint for any conscious album that makes mainstream appeal bend to its sensibilities, such as recent classics like Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly, Solange’s A Seat At The Table, and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah. It’s less than 100,000 copies away from a Platinum certification, and could reach the milestone soon with its 20th anniversary possibly providing a resurgence in sales.

Black On Both Sides can be seen as an extraordinary solo debut, an unlikely commercial success, an influential framework for unapologetically black albums that make noise in the mainstream, the best offering ever from Mos Def, or a loving time capsule for a Brooklyn lost. There is arguably no other hip-hop album released in 1999 with as much dimension and impact. As a Brooklyn resident, I don’t hear Mos’ voice waft through the air with the frequency and heft of the late Notorious B.I.G.’s, but on the occasions I hear Black On Both Sides, no Google pin drop could ever locate me and the melanin in my skin more accurately.

These places still bleed true and it is from these cultural works there is continuity and context on a greater plane that allows for visibility, engagement and awareness. In the current state of oppression and of rising, fighting and healing, Mos Def’s album and those that have followed are the compasses of truth our society can turn to.

American rapper Mos Def will not face charges in South Africa for using a so-called “world passport” but will be banned from returning to the country. Wherever he goes Yasiin Bey consistently draws large crowds. The impact and appeal of his work in the hip-hop world has cemented his status as one of the greatest living MCs.

He made his musical debut in 1998 as a part of Black Star (see Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star ), and then released his first solo album in 1999, Black on Both Sides. Mos Def, or Bey as he know prefers, has been living in Cape Town since May 2013, according to a South African newspaper, The Mail & Guardian.

Look at Mos Def and you see a poster child for the East Coast hip-hopper, Brooklyn division. But when he opens his mouth, whether plying his rhymes or just chatting, his eloquence shatters the preconceptions. What comes out is a surprising moral rectitude and religious focus.

Retired hip-hop star Mos Def and advertising executive Free Richardson are opening a gallery in the South Bronx next month called The Compound. The space, located in the neighborhood real-estate developers are rebranding the Piano District,” will host an eclectic visual arts, performance, design, and film program that aims to bridge hip-hop and fine art.

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