An artist who has to be mentioned alongside some of the hip hop giants is someone who pushes so many buttons, no matter what the reason is that you listen to hip hop. Dante Terrell Smith
or Yasiin Bey
is someone who can rap intricate bars, has a flow smoother than butter and has levels of social consciousness that will bring down governments. Still don’t know who it is? Of course its the chic, self-possessed, perspicacious and acute Mos Def
Last month he celebrated his magnificently timeless debut album ‘Black On Both Sides’ 15th anniversary. This was an impressive moment for himself of course, but more so for hip hop who has had 15 long years to appreciate a classic album. Because of this anniversary he has decided to launch an impressive European tour of the album, which includes three dates in the UK. Hit The Floor will be attending a date with Dante when we awe at him from the crowd in the Bristol O2 Academy. If you one of the lucky ones who will be attending, we have put together five things to expect from a Mos Def show. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, this list will make you want too!
HTF will be reviewing his show at the O2 Academy, Bristol where we will be seeing if our list here really matches up to the real thing! It’s not that we doubt ourselves, we just like to make sure. Stay tuned for that!1. Good VibesMos Def
grew up in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. As is the nature of the Big Apple’s amazing urban music history, he grew up listening to and surrounded by a huge variety of hip hop. From Biggie
to A Tribe Called Quest
, from Beastie Boys
to De La Soul.
However, it is clear what truly rubbed off on him with regards to the natural sound and structure of his music, not to mention the ingredients themselves. The way groups such as Tribe
and De La Soul
sampled rock n’ roll, jazz and soul into so much of there music influenced Mos Def
. With samples from Aretha Franklin, Big Brother and the Holding Company
and Gil Scott-Heron,
a live meeting with Mos Def
will most definitely result in some good vibes.