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‘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 struggle; they wanted the high life brought to them through catchy songs -- lyricism or not. Bad Boy Records thrived in this landscape, and Sean "Diddy" Combs came to represent everything hardcore rap fans hated about hip-hop.

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Mos Def Track Produced by Kanye West Track Surfaces Online

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.'

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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

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Yasiin Bey Teams Up With Mannie Fresh for ‘Black Jesus’

In celebration of the Easter holiday, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) released 'Black Jesus,' his collaboration with legendary Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh. The Brooklyn rapper initially unveiled the song during his recent performance in Phoenix.

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