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Video: The Roots x Skillz x Mos Def Return To The Classics

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The Roots, Mos Def & Skillz cover Gang Starr

Hit the jump to see Skillz and The Roots do EPMD & Run DMC classics as well as The Roots accompany Mos Def with “Casa Bey”.

Props to OGHipHop, you can read their full rundown of the show.

The Roots & Skillz cover EPMD
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Video: Mos Def – Casa Bey

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Previously: Mos Def – Casa Bey (MP3 + Artwork)

Mos Def – Casa Bey

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Don’t know why they‘re calling the album “Casa Bey” now, but here’s the latest leak off The Ecstatic which drops on June 6th.

Mos Def – Casa Bey: a song based on a sample of Banda Black Rio’s “Casa Forte” with Mos doing his mile-a-minute word dance over top. The story behind the beat has it that on a recent trip to South America, Mos linked up with well-known Brazilian rapper MV Bill, who gave him a tape with “Casa Forte” on it. Bowled over by the track, when Mos came home, he turned to DJ Preservation and Dante Smith to (barely) cut it up into a beat, forming the instrumental.

Hit the jump to see Mos Def live at the Cape Town Jazz Fest:

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Photo: Mos Def – Casa Bey Artwork

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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Here’s the cover art for Mos Def’s new single, “Casa Bey” (apparently he changed his name to Bey somewhere along the road). The Ecstatic drops June 9th, features  Talib Kweli and Slick Rick, and has production by Oh No, Chad Hugo, Mad Lib, Mr. Flash, DJ Preservation, J Dilla, Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Check out his MySpace or his Twitter: @MrBey (shots fired at Jay? Ha!)