This morning, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) unexpectedly hit us with a track he made way back in 2006 and never released till now called "The Light In Not Afraid of the Dark." The cut is produced by Kanye West, and it's exactly one of those songs that reminds you how great artists like these two are, not that we need any more reminding. Personally, it got me a little nostalgic for the old school Kanye days. Give it a listen at the link here.
Mos Def, now going under the moniker Yasiin Bey, has created a remix of Kanye West and Jay Z's highly popular song N****s in Paris. The remix is called N****s in Poorest. In Bey's version, the messages and topics covered are extremely different from the original. N****s in Poorest is in honour of the 42nd anniversary of Malcolm X's death. This song is also the first of Bey's Top 40 Underground series, which will feature more reworked hip-hop songs, and will convey similar messages seen in N****s in Poorest.
The artist formerly known as Mos Def, and now Yasiin Bey, presents the video for his highly charged "Niggas in Poorest," launched today in honor of Malcolm X's death anniversary. Yasiin decided to put some real words & real thoughts into this track. While Jay & Ye's version was much more about having fun & spitting more of a luxurious rap, Yasiin went with real world news & whats really going on in the world. As Mr. Bey would say, "Don't get caught up in no throne."
On Wednesday night Vans. launched its Spring 2012 OTW footwear line during Berlin Fashion Week as part of a 3-day pop-up House of Vans experience featuring live performances by the Patta Sound System, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and new OTW advocate Lupe Fiasco. The night featured artwork exhibitions by Kong as well as fellow Advocates Eric Elms and Dimitri Coste while Lupe Fiasco and music legend Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def)shut the night down with live performances for Berlin party goers. Check out a video recap of the night, “Live in Berlin” below.
Thanks to slamxhype for the news