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Mos Def Challenges BET, Oprah, and Obama to Pay Tribute to Executed Prisoner Troy Davisnew

On September 21, 2011, at 11:08 p.m. in Jackson, Georgia, a death row inmate named Troy Davis, convicted 20 years ago for the murder of off-duty Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail, was executed by lethal injection. And in the final weeks leading up to his scheduled execution, celebrities and rap stars helped lead a last-minute push to save Davis's life, even pleading with President Obama to personally intervene.
Miami New Times  |  S. Pajot  |  09-28-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Nas Rocks the Bellsnew

The rapper fronts the tour that erased lines between commercial and underground, white and black, alternative and trendy.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  09-12-2011  |  Music

Mos Def Gets Back into Hip-Hop With His New Albumnew

While The Ecstatic doesn't cash in the promise of those first two albums, it is a worthwhile listen, and it is a hip-hop album, which is cause to celebrate.
Boulder Weekly  |  Dan Hinkel  |  08-24-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Talib Kweli is the One Remaining Black Starnew

Save for featuring Justin Timberlake on his last release, Kweli never compromised his craft to rise above the underground, and yet he became one of hip-hop's elite few bling-free mainstream rappers.
Boston Phoenix  |  Chris Faraone  |  10-23-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Declaration of Independencenew

Def Jux reasserts its status as this decade's most artistically vital and commercially viable independent hip-hop label.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Sam Chennault  |  12-20-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Jokes? What Jokes?new

The droll has been made dull, a most inexplicable and unfortunate turn of events for so adored a genius, goofball work as Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  05-02-2005  |  Reviews

Beat a Retreat?new

While Kanye West looks within and Mos Def styles himself as a quasi-jihadist, a head wonders, what happened to the rage, urgency, and political direction in hip-hop?
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Oliver Wang  |  01-12-2005  |  Music

Extended Sentencenew

Tackling a touchy subject, Nicole Kassell looks at Walter, a released pedophile, not as a case study but as a single human being under tremendous pressures, internal and external. In the process she stirs us to examine our own fears and prejudices.
East Bay Express  |  Bill Gallo  |  01-03-2005  |  Reviews

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