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Duncan’s In Rotation Playlist – 2/6/2010

Gorillaz return with Stylo

Hello hello! Some great stuff in my playlist this week. Lets start with a great new track “Stylo” from Gorillaz that features Mos Def and Bobby Womack. What what! Its definitely a bad ass return-to-form. Also, new music from Corrine Bailey Rae and Spoon. There’s also recent goodness from Massive Attack, Sade (who has a new album coming out shortly), and Jimmy Wayne. I decided that Jimmy’s rendition of “Sara Smile” could make it on to the list because of its sincerity, even though it lacked in adding anything new in its interpretation. There’s a new piece from Akon that has a lot of energy (yet it seems strangely forgettable). I found myself nodding and dancing to Shiny Toy Gun’s version of “Major Tom”. Even a lovely seductive listening experience from Groove Armada and Cat Power. Enjoy and until next time – I wish you ear exstasy. (Note: there’s a list of YouTube links for our international friends).

– Duncan


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Righteous Hip Hop’s Ambassador: Mos Def

Mos Def: Righteous Hip Hop

Righteous Hip Hop's Ambassador: Mos Def

Before you get deep into this article, check out this new-ish track from Mos Def. First this shit is off the hook because it features Mos Def with the legendary Slick Rick (can I say BAD ASS), second its a fantastic fusion of Bollywood background music which forms a gorgeous, relaxing tapestry on which these two masters (from two totally different eras in rap) come together. Check it please now! As my cousin Christopher says, its fully on.

In 1996, Mos Def became an underground favorite in the hip hop world, which lead to his legendary collaboration with Talib Kweli. The two formed Black Star whose debut release would become one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of a generation. The following year Mos released his solo debut, Black On Both Sides, which was certified gold and credited by critics as bringing hip-hop back to its soapbox roots. In 2004 came The New Danger (Good Tree Media/ Geffen Records), Def’s highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed sophomore solo album. Met with praise from both critics and fans alike, Rolling Stone gave the collection 4 Stars and hailed it as “Ghetto rock and righteous hip-hop.” The first single, “Sex, Love and Money” earned Def a 2005 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative/ Urban Performance. Mos Def released True Magic (Good Tree Media/ Geffen Records) in late 2006, which brought the artist another GRAMMY nomination for Best Alternative/ Urban Performance for the album’s first single “Undeniable.” Mos Def’s new album “The Ecstatic” was released by Downtown Records in 2009.

Mos Def – “Casa Bey” from Downtown Music on Vimeo.

As with his music, Mos has demonstrated insight and passion with his acting career and has appeared in a variety of film and TV projects including Monster’s Ball, The Italian Job, and in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he received nominations for a 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie, Golden Globe Award (Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture), and NAACP Award. Def has also appeared in the feature films The Woodsman, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), 16 Blocks (2006), Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind (2008), and Darnell Martin’s Cadillac Records (2008).

Mos completed his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning, Topdog/Underdog and re-teamed with playwright, Suzan Lori Parks and director George Wolfe for the off- Broadway play, Fucking A, for which he was awarded an Obie Award.

In addition to his acting credits Mos has served as the host, music supervisor and co executive producer for the HBO series Def Poetry, which returned for its sixth season in 2007. Def has also served as a writer, producer and actor on the MTV sketch comedy series Lyricist Lounge.

Mos Def has also collaborated with Converse to design a line of sneakers. His signature sneakers feature laser-etched pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline, and are available now in stores. In the summer of 2008 the artist announced a deal with Undercrwn to design a limited collection of apparel.