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How Brooklyn, Blackness, and Lyrical Mastery Allowed Mos Def to Create One of the Most Important Albums in Hip-hop History

On this week’s episode, Jinx and Shea discuss Mos Def’s 1999 breakout solo album, Black on Both Sides. In it, they discuss Mos’s love of hip-hop and the world around him on tracks like “Hip-Hop,” “Umi Says,” “Got,” and “Ms. Fat Booty.” Next, hear whether Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, or Vinia Mojica had the Best Guest Verse. Later, find out how Brooklyn, Blackness, and lyrical mastery allowed Mos to create one of the most important albums in the history of hip-hop. And finally, the ‘No Skips’ Clique™ switches things up from here on out to decide who gets to select the featured song at the end of the episode.
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Public Enemy, Nas, Mos Def feature in Vans retrospective book

Vans are celebrating a decade of House of Vans with a release of a new retrospective book, House of Vans - If These Walls Could Talk. Across 200 pages, If These Walls Could Talk collates photographs, stories and moments from the last 10 years on the House of Vans stages, which include permanent spaces in New York, London, and Chicago, as well as past pop-up venues in Toronto, Berlin, Shanghai, São Paulo, Austin and more.
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Yasiin Bey — Formerly Known as Mos Def — to Portray Thelonious Monk in Biopic

Yasiin Bey, the musician formerly known as Mos Def, will portray jazz piano legend Thelonious Monk in the biopic “Thelonious,” which is slated to begin production in the summer of 2022. The project is being brought to the screen by Jupiter Rising Film and its co-founders, Alberto Marzan and Peter Lord Moreland. Moreland will also write the screenplay for the film, which “will center around [Monk’s] struggles for musical success, mental illness and the spiritual love triangle between his wife Nellie and one of the world’s richest women, Nica Rothschild,” according to a statement. “This role is one that requires great...
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