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Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

5) Wale “Attention Deficit”

“… Wale proves on his debut that he is a multifaceted songwriter and performer who can make seemingly unrelated musical styles coexist through the often narrow lens of hip-hop.”

4) K’naan “Troubadour”

“… Troubadour is an eclectic batch of musical influences: Rock guitar riffs, African percussion, reggae horns and chanting all coexist in a fluid bedrock that supports a foundation of great hip-hop.”

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Concert review: Mos Def

From The Miami Herald’s blog, Miami Music Matters

On Saturday night, rapper Mos Def meandered on stage in a slow-to-build performance. But fans open-minded and patient enough to give him a chance (and most were quite eager to), were rewarded with a freewheeling, eclectic performance suitable as the first major hip-hop performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. Continue reading

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Mos Def “The Ecstatic” (2009)


From the June 15, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

It may seem like ages ago, but Mos Def was once known for his music. As one of the faces of the now-defunct Rawkus records, Mos helped bring underground, socially conscious  hip-hop to the spotlight at the peak of mainstream excessiveness and flashiness. But while he focused on his acting career in the 2000s, the music suffered with two meandering, sloppy albums that left much to be desired (including album artwork and a booklet in the case of the bare-bones 2006 release, True Magic). Continue reading

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Mos Def + The Roots

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Mos Def sat in with The Roots tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, even playing cowbell as The Roots played “Don’t Fear The Reaper” for Will Ferrell. The highlight, though, was the performance of “Casa Bey” from Mos Def’s new album, The Ecstatic. Continue reading

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Mos Def “Casa Bey” (2009)

Mos Def is back, or I at least hope so. After releasing two uneven albums, “Casa Bey” is his new single which hopes to excite the fanbase.

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