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!)