Video | Mos Def Gets Down in the Bayou With Help From Lenny Kravitz and Others

A few days ago in New Orleans a Gulf Coast benefit was held to help the region to deal with the onset of the oil spill due to the recent off -shore drill incident. Many artists came down to perform including Mos Def. The following video show Mos Def performing a new song called “It Ain’t My Fault.”  Mos Def got a little help from Lenny Kravitz, Tim Robbins, Trombone Shorty, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (via Okayplayer)

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Sound Travels: International MiniMix

Sound Travels International Reggae MiniMix



Yellowman “Strong Me Strong”

Shabba Ranks “Mr. Loverman”

Nerious Joseph And Winsome “Rock With Me Baby” The Fashion Records Story

Jr Kelly “Love So Nice” Love So Nice

Mos Def “Travellin’ Underground” Mos Dub

Junior Reid “One Blood” One Blood

Shinehead “Know How Fe Chat” 100% Dynamite NYC!

Fu Schnickens “Ring The Alarm” 100% Dynamite NYC!

SnowInformer” Essential Reggae

Freebie | Mos Dub: Mos Def Meets Dub

Big ups to Seizure Chicken on twitter for pointing this out! From Max Tannone, the guy who brought you the Jaydiohead (Jay-Z x Radiohead), comes Mos Dub.  Blending Mos Def lyricism with various reggae and dub cuts, into a well crafted piece of music.  Mos Def really should look into doing a reggae/dub record after hearing this. You can download it here.

Here is the sample information on each track:

1/10 – Johnny Too Beef (“Beef” – Mos Def [Mos Definite] x “Johnny Too Bad” – The Slickers [“The Harder They Come” soundtrack])
2/10 – History Town (“History” – Mos Def feat. Talb Kweli [The Ecstatic] x “007 (Shanty Town)” – Desmond Dekker & The Aces [“The Harder They Come” soundtrack])
3/10 – Ms. Vampire Booty (“Ms. Fat Booty” – Mos Def [Black On Both Sides] x “The Mummy Shroud” – Scientist [Rids The World of Vampire Curse])
4/10 – In My Math (“Mathematics” – Mos Def [Black On Both Sides] x “Your Teeth In My Neck” – Scientist [Rids The World of Vampire Curse])
5/10 – Travellin’ Underground (“Travellin’ Man” – Mos Def [Mos Definite] x “Underground” – Lee Perry [Superape])
6/10 – Shroud The Stars (“Bright As The Stars” – Mos Def feat. Talib Kweli [Ah Ha/Bright As The Stars – 12″] x “The Mummy Shroud” – Scientist [Rids The World of Vampire Curse])
7/10 – Mr. Universe (“Next Universe” – Mos Def [Rawkus Presents Soundbombing 2] x “Mr. D. Brown Skank” – The Observer All-Stars [Trojan Dub Box Set Vol. 2 CD3])
8/10 – Summertime Running (“Summertime” – Mos Def feat. Medina Green [Mos Definite] x “Running Dub” – King Tubby & Errol Thompson [The Black Foundation In Dub])
9/10 – Kampala Truth Work (“Work It Out” – Mos Def [The Dangerous Mix] x “Kampala” – Dub Specialist [African Rub A Dub (Studio One)] x “Truth And Rights” – Johnny Osbourne [Truth & Rights])
10/10- Hurricane Black (“Hurricane” – Black Thought, Common, Mos Def [“The Hurricane” soundtrack] x “Black Moon” – Third World All Star [Rebel Rock])

New Gorillaz, “Stylo” featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack

2010 will be the year of the primal group, the Gorillaz. They have a new album coming March and they are headlining this year’s Coachella.  It definitely pays to be animated.  The album will be called “Plastic Beach” and it will feature guest appearances from Little Dragon, Snoop Dogg, and others.  Peep the single called “Sylo” featuring Mos Def and legend Bobby Womack. (via Soul Culture)

The Gorillaz – “Stylo” featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack

The Story Behind BlakRoc

“The same people that get driven crazy by hip hop, are the same people that listen to music that drives me crazy like Journey covers…” – Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

If you haven’t heard of BlakRoc, it is time you have.  BlakRoc is a collaboration between The Black Keys and Damon Dash(Jay-Z, Roc-A-Fella record). It is an independent project meaning no major label.  The album features Mos Def, Q-Tip, Raekwon, RZA, Jim Jones, Billy Danze of MOP, Pharoahe Monch, and others. The album was released on Black Friday (some clever marketing). The website for BlakRoc showcases videos from the recording process, and even a limited BlacRoc Camaro that you can buy. The whole album was created in 11 days from start to finish

Some fans might not be thrilled about The Black Keys’ foray into hip-hop. But to all the naysayers, Auerbach says this:

“Hip-hop is the new rock ‘n’ roll. And anyone who doesn’t think that is living in the past,” says Auerbach. “It’s all just American music when you get right down to it. It all comes from the same place.”

If you want to know more about the story of BlakRoc, take a listen to this NPR interview.

BlakRoc Interview from NPR

Don’t call Aretha Ms. Fat Booty

Seven O Clock sample time…

Once again today, I’d like to play some cuts that you would not think “WOW! What a great rap song that would be!”

Today I thought we’d take it back to 1999. A GREAT time for Hip Hop. Rawkus Records was in full swing and the Mighty MOS DEF released his debut Black On Both Sides. The first single for this album hit stores in the fall of 2009. his 12′ was one of my favorites that year.

This track was produced by Ayotollah. The song and its chorus are both driven by multiple samples of Aretha Franklin’s “One Step Ahead,” a rare Columbia single released in 1965.

Ooh we! That’s a funky jam… Let’s take a listen to how Ayotollah flipped that sample…


Selda rocks! Mos Def

Back with a HOT NEW 7 O Clock Sample. I was listneing to the new MOS DEF album with my buddy Jonathan and I thought, ” WHAT IS THAT SAMPLE?!?”.
After some research and digging I found the source for Mos Def’s high energy track SUPERMAGIC!

Oooh we that’s a funky jam! That screaming guitar comes from a very unexpected source.
Turkish political activist and folk singer SELDA! Selda Bağcan was a famous folk singer in the 1970s. Her protest style and leftist, socialist political views both in lyrical and activist means brought her a great support from the public yet caused many troubles with the military and governmental authorities. Selda Bağcan’s lyrics demonstrate a political struggle as well as the problems and demands of working class and the public. While I did not know ANYTHING about her music before looking up this sample, I found that she has some really great sounds.

Check out the source for this sample… Ince Ince