Tag Archives: Mos Def

Jazz Fest by Nite 2013: Black Angels and Erykah Badu with Mos Def + Hot 8 Ticket Contest!

Now, we all know that Jazz Fest during the day is an experience like none other in the world, but what New Orleanians and longtime Jazz Fest veterans will tell you is that Jazz Fest by Night is often where the most intimate, ethereal musical memories are made – inside the smaller independent New Orleans [...]

Black Star Struggles to Be Heard

Entering the Sugar Mill’s main hall, I’m struck by Corey Glover, Corey Henry, and the full power of “Cult of Personality,” more relevant and infectious than ever. The room is packed, and I marvel at the turnout for a Black Star reunion. Perhaps this is more about the career of Galactic than the moment that was/is [...]

Dead Prez Energize The Maison

Sunday night, The Maison hosted a beautiful moment for the New Orleans hip-hop community. After openers Na’Tee, Truth Universal, and Melphyre and Chels set the mood by spitting undeniable truth and rawness, revolutionary gangsta duo Dead Prez hit the stage as they demanded the audience, “Turn off the radio! Turn off that bullshit!” The air was [...]

YouTube du Jour: Re:Generation

Last summer, producer Mark Ronson came to town to record “A La Modeliste” with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, the Dap-Kings and drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. The track is part of the Re:Generation project, which paired producers with live musicians to create cross-genre collaborations. DJ Premier worked with NAS and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra, for [...]

YouTube du Jour: Black Star

Rapper Mos Def is now a New Orleans resident, and he occasionally makes his presence known – at a Jay Electronica show, on the Gulf Aid All-Stars benefit song “It Ain’t My Fault,” and at John Legend and the Roots’ Jazz Fest set this year. Tonight, he plays the House of Blues as part of [...]

YouTube du Jour: Curren$y Pilot Talk Release Party

Tonight, current young hip-hop phenom and New Orleans native Curren$y is hosting a free album release party at Republic, with local DJs EF Cuttin, DJ Chicken, and DJ Slab 1 playing in support. His new record, Pilot Talk, came out today on DD172/BluRoc Records. Curren$y was last in town on 4/20, when he played one [...]

Gulf Aid Benefit Song Debuts Tuesday

[UPDATE] At Gulf Aid, the May 16 benefit concert for those affected by the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Mos Def debuted a new version of “It Ain’t My Fault” – seen here with subtitles. At the time, Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe said the [...]

YouTube du Jour: “It Ain’t My Fault”

At Gulf Aid, Mos Def joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to debut their new version of the Smokey Johnson classic, “It Ain’t My Fault.” Here’s footage of his appearance, complete with subtitled lyrics.

A First Look at Gulf Aid Video

At Gulf Aid, Ben Jaffe announced that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz and Trombone Shorty had cut a new version of “It Ain’t My Fault,” inspired by the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. People.com has the first look at the official video.

Gulf Aid a Mix of Anger and Celebration

[UPDATED]There was a healthy dose of outrage Sunday at Gulf Aid, the benefit concert to aid those affected by the oil disaster that occurred when the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded. Actor Tim Robbins told the story of trying to fly over the oil spill and being denied permission, causing his pilot to speculate that [...]