[Hip-Hop] Yasiin Bey – The Light Is Not Afraid of The Dark (Prod. Kanye West)

Yasiin Bey
The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark

A short while ago, we showed you a video of a live performance where Yasiin Bey unearthed a collaboration he created with Kanye West a few years back. At the time, we drooled at the prospects of the song potentially seeing the light of day (no pun intended). Well, it looks like Mighty Mos decided to oblige our wishes, and released the song in its full, uninhibited glory. Although Mos joined Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint back in 2010, we really haven’t heard anything from the pair since, so forgive us for getting so easily ecstatic over the team-up, even if this was recorded way back in 2006. The song provides us with a glimpse into the past, and reminds us where both of their careers stood at the time, while also showing us how far they’ve come since. Seven years later, the song still sounds surprisingly refreshing. We’re pretty confident Yasiin could’ve gotten away with releasing this as a new single, but we’re thankful that he put it up as a free stream for all of us to enjoy instead. Look out for more Yasiin Bey when his collaborative album with Mannie Fresh, OMFGOD, drops later this year.

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[LIVE] Yasiin Bey – The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark

While out at The Shrine in Chicago the other night, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) decided to premiere an unreleased joint called “The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark.” Originally intended for his third studio album, Tru3 Magic, the Kanye West-produced track unfortunately never made the final cut. Deciding to dig it out of the grave though, Mos decided it would only be appropriate to breathe new life into the track in Kanye’s hometown. Some of you may or may not remember, but the release of Tru3 Magic was rife with controversy, as Mos pushed it out with no real promotion or official album art. Many even reported that the album was unfinished, which may explain why gems like these were left off the record. Let’s just hope Mr. Bey continues with his giving mood and provides us with a proper version of this track sometime soon. A few more songs from the vault wouldn’t hurt either.

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[Hip-Hop] TheBullitts – They Die By Dawn (feat. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu)

THEY BULLITTS (ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu)
They Die By Dawn

Although I was completely unaware of the upcoming movie They Die By Dawn before this morning, the title track from the soundtrack has certainly piqued my interest. The fittingly theatrical cut features two highly regarded, yet elusive, emcees in Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and Jay Electronica who help create a vivid musical trailer over a steadily building western-influenced instrumental. They Die By Dawn is set to be released later this year and its cast will include Michael K Williams and Erykah Badu among several other notable names. In the meantime, hop on your horse, grab your musket and turn the volume up.

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[EXCLUSIVE] The Hip/Hop Alley: Collaborative Mixtape by The Music Ninja and Pigeons and Planes

Hip/Hop fans your moment has come. Pigeons and Planes and The Music Ninja is bringing you the freshest new hip/hop songs to have come out in the last couple of days, all at once. Just like Pigeons and Planes pointed out last week, there are just way too many hip/hop music blogs that post 10 new songs a day without any type of quality filter. Not everyone has the time to go through all the mp3s songs and pick the best… but lucky for you.. We do! From a long list of great songs we handed picked our 12 favorite and bundled them up in an organized downloadable .zip file.

Click here to Download Album (63mbs)

This album/Mixtape not only features original tracks from upcoming hip/hop artists like Chiddy Bang, J.Cole, B.o.B, Donnis, Theophilus London but also from already established influencial artists lie Nas, Damian Marley Talib Kweli and mash-ups of Mos Def with Desmond Dekker.


1. Big Boi – Shutterbug
2. Damian Marley & Nas – As We Enter
3. Theophilus London – Oops
4. Chiddy Bang – Hey London
5. B.o.B. ft. Playboy Tre and T.I. – Bet I Bust
6. Talib Kweli – Midnight Hour ft. Estelle
7. Marky – Rasta Monsta
8. Intuition – Buzzkill ft. Slug
9. Carlos St. John – Breathe Again
10. Donnis – Underdog
11. Mos Dub Mashup
12. J. Cole – Lights Please


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[Mash-Up] Mos Def With Desmond Dekker & The Aces – History Town


Max Tannone, best known for his mash-up album Jaydiohead: The Encore, is a producer of hip-hop beats and dance music that recently released another mash-up album mixing Mos Def’s lyrical style with varied influential reggae artists. One of the most impressive songs out of this ten-track mash up madness is his take on the fusion of Mos Def and Talib Kweli with the roots reggae beats of Demsond Dekker. A very relaxed exploration of

You can download the entire Mos Dub Album here

Mos Def with Desmond Dekker & The Aces (Mos Dub Mashup)



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