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Happy Birthday to Brooklyn’s Unapologetically Defiant Lyricist: Talib Kweli

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Today marks the rather born day of a lyricist who has eternally contributed to the supremacy of Hip-Hop culture, Talib Kweli. Alone, the Brooklyn breed emcee is a force of overwhelming influence when it comes to essential rapping. Essential rapping that is centered around the logistics of the Black man in North America. True Hip-Hop […]

Yasiin Bey to Launch Art Gallery for Marginalized Artists in South Bronx

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The beauty of a Hip-Hop mind is that it will always recognize raw talent from a purist stance. Yasiin Bey and advertising executive Free Richardson have teamed up to open an art gallery called The Compound, artnet News reports. Stationed in the South Bronx, The Compound will be a place for marginalized artists to showcase […]

Jay Electronica Set To Perform At 2018 Governor’s Ball

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Today (Jan. 3), the line up for the 2018 Governor’s Ball Music Festival was revealed with Eminem, Jack White, Travis Scott and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs set as headliners. Current rap sensations Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chains, and Vic Mensa along with r&b rising star Khalid join the jocular lineup. For hip-hop enthusiasts, there […]

Culture Over Everything: Rapsody Snags Two Grammy Nominations

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Can the TRUE hip-hop heads say holla? It looks like 2018 will be beyond superb for powerplayer emcee, Rapsody. The sagacious spitter has been nominated for two Grammy awards thanks to her groundbreaking album, Lalia’s Wisdom. The 9th Wonder produced album has been nominated for Best Rap Album, while one of the gem’s superior singles, […]

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Allowed To Leave South Africa, Not Allowed to Return

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Yasiin Bey  (Mos Def) will finally be allowed to leave South Africa after spending most of 2016 out on bail in South Africa. In January, the Brooklyn-born emcee was charged with using a false passport and travel document while attempting to leave the country. Now, the much-delayed case has concluded: After he “unreservedly apologized to the government […]

New Music: Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Drops Surprise Track, “December 99th”

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Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, may still be in South Africa dealing with legal issues, but that’s not stopping the veteran emcee from releasing new music. Produced by Ferrari Shepard,”December 99th-N.A.W.” was quietly released amid legal battles and his recent retirement announcement. The track features organ sounds reminiscent of classic rock tracks from the early ’80s […]

South African Clothing Brand Names Yasiin Bey As Creative Director

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Yasiin Bey is continuing to shine his light for the world to see through art and fashion. The rapper, social activist and now South Africa-based creative has been selected to direct Unknown Union, a African clothing brand. As the brand’s new creative director, Bey will “help to oversee new design concepts and collaborations.” Yasiin, who […]

Mos Def Teases Collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West & J. Cole on Instagram

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Last night, Mos Def released a personal phone messages to Kanye West‘s website, announcing his retirement from music and film in an attempt to clear the air on his arrest in South Africa, where he was charged this morning for trying to travel using what’s known as a world passport. Def–also known as Yasiin Bey–affirmed […]

ICYMI: Yasiin Bey Arrested In South Africa

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According to published reports, Yasiin Bey [a.k.a. Mos Def] has been arrested in Cape Town, South Africa for fraud. The Brooklyn bred emcee, born Dante Smith, was taken into custody at Cape Town International Airport charging the rapper entered and traveled to and from the country with a “fraudulent passport.” South Africa’s Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome […]

Yasiin Bey Gives Thoughts On Paris Attacks And ISIS

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Yasiin Bey, f/k/a Mos Def has always been vocal on world issues outside of his artistic pursuits in music and film. Following the attacks in Paris, France which have gained global attention, Bey, who is a proud muslim, sat down with Ferrari Sheppard and gave his thoughts on the matter. While discussing the events, which […]