Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, The Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste-A La Modeliste

Following on from the superb DJ Premier and Berklee Symphony Orchestra track from a few days ago, the second track from the ReGeneration concept brings together a fantastic range of artists to infuse the wonderful New Orleans jazz style with a little hip-hop and soul.

Badu sounds as interested as I’ve heard her in a long time, as she comes through with a phenomenally addictive performance from start to finish, with vocals full of vibrancy and bounce that spans the range of genres to anchor them together in a cohesively funky sound. Zigaboo is relentless on the drums as he drives the track along, whilst Trombone Shorty provides energetic bursts of his horn that blend with the instrumentation brought by the Dap Kings to create a lovely feelgood vibe, with the overall combination proving a genuinely exceptional backdrop to Erykah’s vocals.

Another absolutely fantastic track from the ReGeneration project, and I hope this inspires more to try these styles out. In a music scene increasingly devoid of true character and worth to the music, the passion and purity of the music here makes for a brilliantly refreshing listen.

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Kanye West, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean-Don’t Look Down


Two things you can always expect from Kanye’s GOOD Fridays: they’ll be late and they’ll contain fantastic line-ups.

Nothing spectacular on the production side, but it does have a rolling, progressive feel that helps to emphasise the motivational aspect of the track. Having said that, the instrumental breakdown about two-thirds of the way through is good and injects some energy. Mos Def typifies the motivational aspect with a decent hook, though Big Sean steals the show with his verse which is no mean feat given the line-up. He comes through with some good variety in his flows and comes with a passionate and emotional style that contrasts well with his usual laid-back style.

Kanye West-Don’t Look Down ft. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean

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Random Music News


-The official remix to Chris Brown’s Deuces will feature Fabolous, T.I., Drake, Kanye West, and Andre 3000.

-Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is working on a collaboration with RZA.

-Mos Def has signed with G.O.O.D. Music

-Nick Cannon has challenged Eminem to a boxing match

-Kanye’s album is set to be released on November 23rd

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Kanye West–Lord Lord Lord ft. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson


What a massive line-up this is, don’t you just love G.O.O.D. Fridays? This is a very laid back track, which suits Mos Def’s style (who opens up the track with arguably the best verse). Keep the G.O.O.D music coming Kanye!

Kanye West – Lord Lord Lord ft. Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson

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Quick Blast: Curren$y/Mos Def/Jay Electronica


Curren$y teams up with his Center Edge Territory buddies for the latest drop from his Pilot Talk album set to hit on the 13th July.

Ski Beatz on the production for this one. Not convinced with Curren$y’s lyrics, but one thing you can be sure is that Mos Def and Jay Electronica always bring the heat! Should be an interesting supergroup once it gets into full force. Slaughterhouse competition?

Fancy some of this action do ya?

Curren$y (feat Mos Def & Jay Electronica) – The Day

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 28


And he returns.

I’m in a pretty matter of fact mood today having finished a certain 4 year degree on Monday. First off, shout out to Indi for taking the reins last week. If you missed his work then catch up here.

Time for some classic hip hop? This track (amongst others in the album) has helped me through the past few weeks of pain.

Mos Def’s Hip-Hop is the centerpiece of his 1999 classic debut Black On Both Sides. A brilliantly crafted piece of progressive, alternative hip-hop.

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Goapele and Mos Def-Different


Been a very hip-hop based 24 hours, so let’s take it another way. I knew nothing about Goapele before this track, but a Google has led me to believe I probably should have. Really feeling this soulful track, and it’s a case of the Maxwell situation whereby I’m probably going to go back and check out the extensive back catalogue as a result!

Smooth, mellow vibes all the way through this one, and the Mos Def feature is a nice addition. If you’re after something with a classic, organic sound then this is definitely one to go for. You know my love of soul/neo-soul by now, and this certainly gets my stamp of approval. Night dwellers (talking 3am UK time here) are going to love this one.

Goapele-Different ft. Mos Def

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: Part 1


After last week’s no show (sorry about that btw) I have two parts for you today. The first being a remix to the remix of the cracking track Tell Me by Bobby Valentino. The original has just Bobby V singing, the remix has Lil Wayne on it (with this version being released for the video) and the third version is the one I have for you, with Mos Def jumping on the track. Great verses, beat and vocals, better make sure you add this to your collection if you don’t have it already.

Bobby Valentino – Tell Me (remix) ft. Lil’ Wayne & Mos Def

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Random Funnies: What The Hell Is Mos Def Doing On Kids TV?!

Watch and be amused/confused.

I still am.

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Ski Beatz, Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz & Mos Def Collab


I don’t know much about this Ski Beatz guy (it’s technically his track) but have those 4 on guest spots is frankly incredible. What a line-up!! The real hip-hop heads will definitely be rushing to the link for this one.

The beat is pretty simple, but allows the rappers to take centre-stage. Each one does their own thing well, and you’d probably be a bit of an idiot to miss this one eh?

Ski Beatz-Prowler 2 ft. Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz & Mos Def

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Gorillaz and Mos Def-Stylo Video

Visuals for the single from Plastic Beach. These guys normally put out pretty entertaining videos and I expect this to be the same. Audio can be swacked from here if you missed it first time out.

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New Gorillaz Single With Mos Def


The second single drop of the evening, and the first from the upcoming Gorillaz album.

I have to be honest though, and I’m not too big on this (yet). Whilst the techno-tinged production is alright, this track has two problems with the features: First off, Mos Def is heavily underutilised. Secondly, this Bobby Womack dude on the track goes for absolute overkill and really goes a bit crazy with the vocals. Don’t get me wrong, he can sing but he is just over-the-top on this one and trying too hard. I think aside from that, the track is decent though.

Gorillaz-Stylo ft. Mos Def and Bobby Womack

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Reflection Eternal-The RE:Union


If you don’t download this mixtape, you’ve got very bad mental issues. Some of you will remember the collabo I posted involving these guys, Mos Def, Jay Elec and J.Cole, and this would be the full mixtape. I was going to post the proper version of that collabo earlier this week, but instead I thought I’d hold out for the mixtape and make sure you all downloaded it!

Features on this include those above, plus Ghostface Killah, Common, Nas and many more. This has some older tracks on it too, from previous albums and works that these guys have done which are definitely worth grabbing. A must-have for anyone even pretending to be a hip-hop fan. Tracklist can be found after the click for those interested, or you can just grab the download below.

Reflection Eternal-The RE:Union

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I Should Get Fined For This


I’ve been AWOL for the last 24 hours, so I’m having to put together another catch-up post. Lots of decent stuff for you below (predominantly hip-hop), be sure to click on and make up for a quiet 24 hours in your iTunes library.

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Mos Def and The Roots Perform Umi Says

The Roots and Mos Def combine to perform Mos’ classic Umi Says. Worth a watch for fans of either of them.

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Mos Def-Supermagic Video

One of the nicer tracks from The Ecstatic, worth checking out for those looking to get into Mos, although it’s probably a little more ‘rockish’ than his best stuff.

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Hoochie Coo Video

Enjoy the visuals for what is still the most unexpected collaboration of the year from The Black Keys, Jim Jones and Mos Def. Audio can be grabbed here.

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BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers

I’d been waiting on these for a while, and I’m glad to say they don’t disappoint. The video here is the three freestyles from Eminem, Mos Def and Black Thought. It has to be said that all 3 absolutely tear this up. Click below to see the other two cyphers, which include Joe Budden, Wale, KRS-One and others.

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes

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That’s right! All these rappers on the same track, and although Busta and Kanye aren’t exactly held in the same esteem as the others on this track lyrically, they both also produce great verses.

A superb Kanye West produced beat, five quality verses, and an addictive chorus. In short just a classic song you do not want to miss out on – go get it below:

Talib Kweli – Get By (remix) ft. Mos Def Jay-Z, Kanye West & Busta Rhymes

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The Black Keys, Mos Def and Jim Jones

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This collaboration is possibly the most unexpected one of the year.

For those of you who don’t know, The Black Keys are a rock/blues/indie band, who are pretty successful and globally known. Now, I just about handle Mos Def jumping on tracks like this as he’s a pretty melodic guy. But Jim Jones?

Don’t give up yet. Click below for the track and some info, as I suspect that this project could end up being absolutely huge.

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: N*E*R*D, Common, Mos Def, Q-Tip and De La Soul

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Can you believe She Wants To Move was released over half a decade ago? Can you believe how long the title of the post is?

There’s a good chance that you missed a star-studded remix of this, which features pretty much all of the best jazz/soul rappers ever. If you miss it this time, you need your head examined.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 3

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It seems as though what began as a regular post has now become a series in its own right. The stats for these posts are crazy, so first off: Thanks!

Here’s part 3, and again, we’ve got all sorts of hip-hop in here. It’s also very feature-heavy, so there are a lot of different rappers in this one.

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