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Yasiin Bey Has Moved to South Africa, Explains Kente Cloth ‘Skirt’

Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) recently caused a tizzy on Twitter when photos of him wearing what is being described as a "skirt" surfaced online. The rapper-actor addressed his wardrobe choice at the Cape Town Music Exchange Conference in South Africa.

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10 Best and Worst Rapper Name Changes

Rappers changing their stage name is a common occurrence in hip-hop. In fact, it’s hard to find any artist who has not gone by a different alias at some point in their career.

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Listen to ‘Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)’

We love a good mash-up album and this one by the self-described "Manipulator of Sound" Amerigo Gazaway is a must-listen. The 'Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)' album features the intuitive rhymes of Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) with the music and ad-libs from the late soul man Marvin Gaye.

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Rockie Fresh Freestyles Over Mos Def’s ‘Mathematics’

Rockie Fresh is probably the last guy from the Maybach Music army to shamelessly promote their upcoming release (that title belongs proudly to Rick Ross), while Mos Def's 'Mathematics' is the furthest from the brand of rap you'd expect to hear on an MMG album, but that's exactly the type of weird and wonderful that's going on here.

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A$AP Rocky Addresses Hip-Hop Homophobia, Baby Supports Lil Wayne With Trukfit Face Tattoo & More

A$AP Rocky recently discussed "the gay thing" in hip-hop. "It makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop," he explained. "It makes it seem like everybody in Hip-Hop is small-minded or stupid, and that's not the case. We've got people like Jay-Z. We've got people li

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Yasiin Bey, Kanye West: Mos Def Premieres Unreleased Collaboration

Yasiin Bey -- otherwise known to the world as Mos Def -- decided that a recent show at The Shrine in Chicago was the opportune time to debut some unreleased work he'd done with Kanye West.

Well okay then sir!

"The Light Is Not Afraid Of The Dark" was originally recor

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Rap Songs About Women: 25 Classics for Valentine’s Day

Hip-hop and Valentine's Day go together like the cast members of Love & Hip-Hop. Which is to say, well, not that swimmingly. But whatever. Some of the genre's most enduring contributions, in any era, have been songs about the ladies. From A Trib

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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Like Ice-T, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def and aka Dante Terrell Smith) has been acting almost since before anyone knew him as a rapper. But turns in films like 'Monster’s Ball,' 'Brown Sugar' and 'The Italian Job' showed that he could take small roles, make them unique, and then make us remember them

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Fat Joe ‘Pride N Joy’ Video: Kanye West, Ashanti, Miguel Support Terror Squad MC

Fat Joe has released a new video and it is littered with stars. Kanye West and Miguel both make substantial appearances and lend lyrics to the Hype Williams-directed "Pride N Joy."

Miguel frontloads the track with his signature Auto-Tune cro

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National Poetry Month: Is it Edgar Allen Poe or Beyonce? Take Our Quiz

April showers don't just mean May flowers. The spring month also blooms with iambic pentameters and tetrameters, marking National Poetry Month. Since it's birth in the Bronx in the late '70s, hip-hop has often been tied to poetry, with MCs often considering themselves spoken-word poets who rhythmically deliver prose over a beat. Ly

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