Tag Archives: Yasiin Bey

Throwback: Mos Def-Auditorium Feat. Slick Rick

Mos Def named his fourth album after Victor LaValle’s novel The Ecstatic. The album’s unusual sound was influenced by a quote about the way ‘ecstatic’ was used in the 17th and 18th century to describe people who were inspired or mad and a litany of world flavors. “Auditorium” featured Slick Rick, one of the album’s few vocal collaborators and production from Mos Def and Madlib. Their rhymes about people’s hopes and everyday struggles were said alongside a dense beat and a shimmery symphony constructed from “Movie Finale” on Madlib’s Beat Conducta In India album. “Auditorium” was part of The Ecstatic’s overall theme of looking at the world’s social problems and reporting on them. Mos Def, Slick Rick and Madlib made the bleak scenarios of “Auditorium” feel like good news because of its sonic allure. The Ecstatic received two Grammy nominations, critical accolades and the support of his fanbase that questioned his musical choices after the 2006 True Magic album. In 2011, Mos Def legally changed his name to Yasiin Bey. He announced a Black Star album in February 2018 but did not give a release date. His voice can be heard on the Kanye West Kid Cudi 2018 Kids See Ghosts album. 


Robert Glasper Adds Yasiin Bey To Blue Note Residency

Robert Glasper has added Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) to his month-long residency at the Blue Note in New York City. Bey will share the stage with Glasper from Oct. 11-14. The first show took place last night and Glasper has many more guests scheduled to join him. Bilal, Terrace Martin, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Chris Dave and more will perform during the event. Tickets are on sale now. 



                        Robert Glasper Blue Note Residency Full Schedule 

                            Shows at 8:00 & 10:00 PM ET Every Night 

October 2-7: Robert Glasper with Chris Dave & Derrick Hodge
October 9-10: Robert Glasper: Houston Nights featuring Kendrick Scott, Michael Moreno, Burniss Travis & Walter Smith
October 11-14: Robert Glasper Trio featuring special guest Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
October 16-17: Robert Glasper with Christian McBride & Nicholas Payton
October 18-21: Robert Glasper: Miles Davis Tribute “Everything’s Beautiful” with Bilal
October 23-24: Robert Glasper: Mulgrew Miller Tribute featuring Derrick Hodge & Rodney Green
October 25-28: Robert Glasper: R+R=NOW featuring Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Taylor McFerrin & Justin Tyson 

Black Star Reunites For New Album Produced By Madlib

It’s been 20 years since Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli emerged as Black Star and they are coming full circle to reunite and release a new album this year. Yasiin Bey made the announcement in Denver, Colorado this past weekend during a Madlib DJ set.  Reddit uploaded the audio from the show and Bey can be heard telling the audience that the new project is “coming soon.”


Media Questions Of The Week

Barack Obama New Orleans Katrina 10 2015


Why are some citizens criticizing Barack Obama’s response to Hurricane Katrina that took place in 2005 when he did not become president until 2009?

When will an artist come along and outdo Michael Jackson’s commercial accomplishment of five number one singles with the Bad album?


Is Yasiin Bey correct in his perception that there is too much disposable hip-hop putting a strain in the genre’s contemporary quality?


Yasiin Bey & Friends At The Apollo

Yasiin Bey just released his Dec 99th project with Ferrari Sheppard this week and Wednesday night he performed one of two shows at The Apollo. Slick Rick and Pharoahe Monch were his special guests. He told the audience that he was “Over the entertainment industry and wanted to be in a place that’s honest and real.” At the end of the show, he introduced new music from his forthcoming Negus In Natural Person which he says will be his last solo project.