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Album Review: Mos Def, The Ecstatic

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on Monday, June 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

mos-def-the-ecstatic Mos Def is part of one of my favorite duos of all-time (Black Star), and to be honest I really haven’t felt any of his solo projects since Black On Both Sides. The New Danger had Mos going in a different direction than previously heard, and Tru3 Magic just seemed like it was (for the lack of a better term) a half-assed effort. I remember hearing the buzz that this album was coming out this year, and prior to its release I was waiting with great anticipation. I can tell you that this album absolutely eclipses his two prior efforts, and to go even further I just may like this album more than Black On Both Sides. Continue reading


Battle of the Century!?

Posted in Music News, Video with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, June 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This video could lead to one of the most epic battles in the history of Hip-Hop. Mighty Mos was interviewed by Angie Martinez on Hot 97 recently and he had a few very well selected choice words to say. Mos responds to how he feels about some emcees making the comment that they are “the best rapper alive”, and how he feels about himself. Mos then goes on to say that he wants to have an all out battle in New Orleans. You would have your beat battles, break battles, DJ battles and last but not least a 5 Vs. 5 emcee battle with a captain on each team. On Mos’s team you ask? Of course you would have Mos Def but in addition you would have Black Thought, DOOM, Jay Electronica & Nas. On the other team it would be Jay-Z or Kanye + whoever they choose. All I can say is holy shit.

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Talib Kweli, Quality

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Talib_Kweli_Quality I remember being a Junior at La Crescent High School and learning about poetry and poetical devices from an incredible teacher named Ms. Sandy. I took an interesting re-appraisal at the music that I had been listening to previously, and I realized (with the exception of classic rock) that the Rap I had been listening to was pretty shitty to be frank. I remember at the time I had been hearing about Talib, and the things that I had heard were so positive that I had to get one of his albums. Quality is the first Kweli album I purchased, and it was a great entrance into the world of malicious metaphors, sick similes, wicked words and brazen bars. To me, Talib Kweli is easily one of the greatest emcees of all time, and I thank God this album exposed me to him. Continue reading

Mos Def Performs “Quiet Dog” on Letterman

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Mos Def’s new album The Ecstatic dropped today and I’m hoping that all of you went out there and copped it, because I took one listen and it’s impressive (review later this week). Here is a video of Mos performing the track “Quiet Dog” off of the new album on Late Night With David Letterman. GO GET THE ECSTATIC!

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Mos Gives a History With Help From Dilla & Kweli

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Thursday, June 4, 2009 by Tim Althaus

MosDef Here is a top quality track off of Mos’s new album The Ecstatic which will be dropping this coming Tuesday. The track features Talib Kweli (the other half of Black Star) and is produced by the legendary J Dilla. As many of you know, Mos & Kweli on the same track usually makes for some pure magic.

I don’t know about you readers out there, but I am definitely going to be at the store on Tuesday picking this gem up. Mos is due for another classic album, considering Tru3 Magic was an epic fail. Follow me after the jump for the track download. Continue reading

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Black Star 

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by Tim Althaus

blackstarThis is another album that almost made my top 10 most influential albums. The lyrical content that is displayed on this album is damn near untouchable. Mos Def & Talib Kweli go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. They mesh on just about every level that you can possibly imagine. This album came out originally in 1998 and this is an album that I feel will echo in the hallways of Hip-Hop for a long time. I remember being in eleventh grade and learning about poetic devices. When I found this album, it was the epitome of everything I had learned about.

From the minute that “Astronomy (8th Light)” kicks off, Kwel & Mos pass the mic back and forth shouting similes and metaphors faster than most people can comprehend. “Definition” is a great upbeat track with Mos & Kweli rapping about the things going on in the country (at the time), and why they are the “definition” of a group. Continue reading

Apparently Mos Def is the biggest DOOM fan… ever

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Sunday, March 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

mos-def-image Mos Def apparently is the new biggest DOOM fan I’ve ever seen (next to my man Abe), in this video he effortlessly spits DOOM verses all over the place and then talks about them. He also laughs his ass off a lot when he is talking about the DOOM verses. It’s funny that he laughs a lot, because when I listen to DOOM I am always laughing my ass off (in a good way).

Mos Def takes his adoration for the artist one step further and says that he would put a million dollars on DOOM Vs. Lil’ Wayne. I think I would probably toss my money in on DOOM as well, the guy has some of the funniest rhymes I’ve ever heard in my life.

Make sure you watch out for Mos Def’s new album The Ecstatic due out this spring. Don’t forget that DOOM also has a new album out, Born Like This. Stay tuned to Mind Inversion because we will have a review of Born Like This very soon.

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Mos Def gets “Ecstatic” about his new album

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Tim Althaus

mos-def-the-ecstatic2I was over at Okayplayer the other day and this news article definitely caught my eye. I’ve been looking forward to a new Mos Def album since his last one. I sadly wasn’t a huge fan of Tru3 Magic but I know that Mos has it in him to make another classic. They were saying that the date that is tentative for the release is June 9th (not official), but I’m not going to count on it. Make sure you check out the video below which has Mos spitting a pretty dope acapella.

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Talib Rocks the Bells with Mos Def and Blacksmith TV

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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The first part of this video that I posted was the events leading up to when Talib Kweli performed at Rock the Bells last year. This video shows all of the chaos that ensued after Talib actually made it to the Rock the Bells festival. It’s funny because in the beginning they are telling him that he only has 5 minutes to perform, but Kwe being the guy that he is goes on and does a 23 minute set. He also does some Black Star material with Mos Def at the end of Mos Def’s set. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to see Talib live, let alone Black Star in the same concert. Mos and Kweli give each other so much energy to feed off of, and their live show looks nothing short of spectacular.

Video: Black Star, Live @ The House of Blues

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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First off I want to say that Black Star is one of the main live acts I’ve wanted to see since I became a die hard fan of Hip-Hop. 2nd you will notice that there is an incredible roster of people on hand at this show (Karriem Riggins, Madlib & DJ Rhettmatic), and to me it’s no big surprise. Mos Def & Talib Kweli recently performed at the House of Blues in Los Angeles to a packed crowd, and needless to say they completely rocked it.

In this video they perform “Definition” & “Respiration” which are definitely classics. When you watch this video you will realize how amazing the dynamic is between these two, and my heart jumps in great excitement when I think about these two doing another album together. They both have so much energy and both of them feed off each other on a constant basis. I think the game needs another Black Star album, after all the first album changed the way I looked at the game.