Posts Tagged ‘Mos Def’

Superb songs of the decade: Massive Attack and Mos Def

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)

This Massive Attack beat absolutely destroys anything in its path. Mighty Mos holds his own on the mic, too. What an effort. I believe this song first appeared on the soundtrack of “Blade II,” some vampire movie from 2002 starring Wesley Snipes. The Internet tells me that movie is nearly 120 minutes long.

I am pretty sure I’d rather listen to this song 23 times in a row than watch “Blade II.”

Instant Classic: Black Star x The Roots x Dirty Projectors make “History” on Jimmy Fallon

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

This is unquestionably one of the very best hip-hop moments of the year; too bad it was buried at the very end of a show that airs at 12:30 a.m. and gets mixed reviews, to put it generously.

That means most people didn’t see it, so I’ve pasted it below. But before you watch, consider what we have here: Two of the finest MCs in recent history (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) backed by the greatest hip-hop band of all time (The Roots) recreating a dope track created by a universally revered producer (J Dilla, R.I.P.), with a little help from 33 percent of one of the most acclaimed indie bands of the year (the Dirty Projectors).