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Mos Def Track Produced by Kanye West Track Surfaces Online

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In 2006, when Yasiin Bey was the Mighty Mos Def, he worked with in-demand producer Kanye West while recording his third album ‘Tru3 Magic.’

Although the LP was released without much fanfare, none of Yeezy’s productions were featured on the album. At a concert performance in Chicago, Bey performed the unreleased song ‘The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark’ from the ‘Tru3 Magic’ sessions. Afterward, the Brooklyn rhyme-spitter released the track on the Internet (via Okayplayer), much to his fan’s enjoyment.

The song is rather subdued with its soul-sample groove, dusty vinyl sound and bopping beat. Bey raps some cool punchlines on the joint and a call-and-response line on the chorus. “My voice like magic / My flow fantastic / In summary I’m real, ordinary, elaborate / But check the profile, this is lyrically handsome,” he raps.

The song is a nostalgic reminder of how good Bey sounds over West’s productions. If you need a reference point, check out his blistering verse on ‘Two Words’ off ‘College Dropout.’

After listening to his previously-released Mannie Fresh collaboration ‘Black Jesus,’ we are now anxiously awaiting Yasiin Bey’s ‘OMFGOD’ album.

Listen to Mos Def’s ‘The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark’ (Produced by Kanye West)

Watch Kanye West’s ‘Two Words’ Video Feat. Mos Def & Freeway

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