Brooklyn and New Orleans. Yasiin Bey and Mannie Fresh. This unlikely pairing came from the profound respect the two artists have for each other, and the joint love they both have of the New Orleans brass flavor. Now, Bey and Fresh are working on a collaboration together, and a four-part series will be documenting the formation and progress of the joint effort. Watch parts one and two below.
Yasiin Bey the man we used to know as Mos Def has offered up a new cut laid over an instrumental of Lil Tunechi's single "John (If I Die Tonight)". The track is to mark the anniversary of Biggie's birthday. Celebreate Biggie's life along with Bey in the track below. (Via Hypetrak)
Although he's undergone a name change from Mos Def to Yasiin Bey that doesn't change his love for the game and on a recent trip to Paris debuted a J Dilla-produced track called "Sunshine Screwface". The guys at Prefix tracked t down and up at the top you can see the debut live on Radio Nova on his promotional visit. What do you guys think of this?
Last month, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, released the track "Niggas In Poorest" on Martin Luther King Day, the first track from his Top 40 Underdog series, which sees the artist freestyle rap over and reimagine Top 40 tracks. Yesterday, on the 47-year anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, Bey let loose the self-directed visuals for the socially conscious track. The video, which focuses primarily on Bey rapping interspersed with footage of a Malcolm X speech, Saddam Hussein's trial, and Bernie Madoff's arrest, is available to watch above courtesy of Prefix.
YasiinBey, formerly known as MosDef, has used the celebration of Martin Luther King Day as the launching pad for his Top 40 Underdog series in which he freestyle raps over and reimagines Top 40 tracks in a more socially conscious and politically relevant manner. The first Top 40 track that Bey has undertaken is Kanye West and Jay-Z's hit "Niggas In Paris" from their collaborative album Watch The Throne. You can listen to the drastically reimagined Yasiin Bey cut below, courtesy of Soul Culture.
After debuting their first single "Fix Up" on The Colbert Report last month, Black Star, aka Talib Kweli and Yasiin "Mos Def" Bey, gave fans a double dose of music last Friday. After revealing that they will be putting out an Aretha Franklin-inspired mixtape, the duo released "Fix Up" digitally via iTunes this past Friday, along with another brand new track from the upcoming mixtape. The track, titled "You Already Knew," was produced by OhNo, and is available for your listening pleasure below or for download at the cost of your email address here.
No news yet on when the mixtape will be released, but expect more information to surface in the coming months.
UPDATE: Courtesy of Stereogum, we now have a stream of "Fix Up" available for your listening pleasure below.