Yasiin Bey

‘Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ Turns 15
Hip-hop was at a very hectic place in the late '90s. The genre lost both Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. because of violence; there was a schism growing. Hip-hop was quickly moving away from the street narratives, urban tales and social activism to favor its rise to mainstream. People didn't want …
Mos Def, ‘Brooklyn’ – Brooklyn-Inspired Rap Songs
Brooklyn-born emcee Mos Def -- or Yasiin Bey as he calls himself these days -- dropped his 'Black on Both Sides' LP in 1999, and of course the prideful Brooklynite had to include a track dedicated to his city.
On 'Brooklyn,' Mos speaks on the positives of coming up in the borough.…