ARTIST OF THE MONTH: MOS DEF

MosDefDante Terrell Smith-Bey better known by his stage name Mos Def began his career in 1994. Being a son of Brooklyn, (this place breeds some mad talent) he rose through the ranks in the underground scene. His first major underground hit, “Universal Magnetic” sealed his record deal with Rawkus Records, that teamed him up with fellow Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli. Together as “Black Star”, the duo released a number of hit singles including ‘RespirationAndDefinition’, which would later go on to feature in Vh1’s 100 greatest songs of hip hop.

Following the collapse of Rawkus records, Mos Def was signed to Interscope / Geffen Records which released his second solo album entitled ‘The New Danger’ in 2004.

Mos Def is an artist whose poetic word play is unmatched in the industry. He has a diehard following who adore the rapper for his non-commercial appeal, political stance and the fact that he keeps it real. His loyal fan base is never scared to let the emcee know when he’s going wrong, for example his association with major corporate houses like GMC were not taken kindly. Over the years Mos Def has collaborated with a number of similar artists, who aren’t afraid to express their unadulterated views and the controversy that follows them including Kanye West, Jay Electronica, K’naan, GZA and J Dilla.

Some say Mos Def found his true calling along the way as an actor. As a child star, Mos Def appeared alongside sitcom great Bill Cosby in a short-lived detective show called the Cosby Mysteries. Since then the emcee/actor/activist has never looked back, appearing in a number of smash hits including The Italian Job alongside Mark Wahlberg, Talladega Nights, 16 Blocks and Cadillac Records. Mos Def’s accolades range from Grammy to Golden Globe nominations, quite a feat for an underground Brooklyn emcee. More recently E! hailed his performance on the hit television show ‘House’ Season 5 as ‘emmy-worthy’.

His association with the poetic style in rap music is undeniable, as he has hosted the award-winning HBO spoken word show, ‘Def Poetry’ since its inception.

Being the socially conscious rapper that he is, Mos Def has never been afraid to diss the establishment, from his anti-Bush views to releasing songs like “Bin Laden” which claims that the Al-Qaeda are not responsible for as much terrorism as they are portrayed to be.

On a more surprising note, Mos Def has openly expressed his love for Indian culture and music, which he finds and I quote as both ‘pure and mysterious’. His most popular track called “Auditorium” feat. Slick Rick, is fused with an Indian sample while he has named his youngest daughter Chandini.

Mos Def is an artist who will forever lurk in the shadows of the rap industry. His characteristic flow and poetic word play is one of a kind. An artist who commands the utmost respect amongst his fellow peers, and a god to his hardcore loyalists. Bombayhiphop salutes Mos Def for his contribution to the game.

 

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  1. vivian says:

    Good job bob :)
    Mos def is one of my favorite artist!

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