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    There is nothing like unreleased music to get the day going. About two weeks ago, Mos Def performed this track in Chicago and now we have the full CDQ version of it. The cut was produced by Kanye West and dates back to around 2006 when Mos was recording his True Magic album. The track […]

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    We’d be lying if we told you that the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby isn’t subpar. Though it has an all-star cast, much like the movie it’s tied to, there’s something  overwhelmingly lame about it. Nevertheless, it did remind us of other times when hip-hop and movies collided. For your listening pleasure, we’ve compiled these […]

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    Mos Def‘s output has been a bit scattershot since his abrupt name change to Yasiin Bey, but his focus on big issues has remained the same. Teaming up with the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Brooklyn emcee recorded,”Don’t Tread On Me,” a PSA addressing New York City’s blatantly racist “Stop and Frisk” police policy. Watch […]

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    With the release of his newest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z managed to yet again please listeners and earn himself his 13th No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts. Somewhere along the way he decided that he no longer needs the hyphen in his name. The rapper has wasted no time making the change and […]

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    From Common’s “Ghetto Heaven” to Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” to “All Praises Due” by Mos Def, hip hop has had no shortage of heavenly raps. The latest rapper to give praise to the man above is East London native ROCxNOIR. Over the entrancing and subdued beat, he uses his razor-sharp flow to breathlessly chronicle his […]

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    You may not have heard of Zach Cordner, but you’ve seen his work in the pages of RESPECT. and beyond. Next Saturday, September 7, he will be having a solo exhibition at Ironlak, a gallery in Los Angeles. The show will feature prints of mainly street culture, music and hip hop. Zach has portraits of […]

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    ALL PHOTOS BY JOE CRUZ OG Dutch Master has been creating since he was 15 years old.  He’s directed videos, tried his hand at photography, designed clothes, and even tattooed.  Five years later, he’s venturing into the musical world to see how he fares through the wire.  With this new medium, he aims to explore the fabric of […]

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    Tiara Thomas dropped straight fire with her latest joint “Fly As Hell”. The 1 minute track samples Yasiin Bey’s (Mos Def) “Ms. Fat Booty” and was filmed in one continuous shot by Shane Adams. If Tiara sounds familiar to you it’s because she was featured in Wale’s 2013 hit, “Bad”. Her matter of fact flow […]

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    “Consciousness [kon-shuh s-nis]: the state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.” A seemingly lost element in today’s rap game, consciousness appears to be few and far between. That is not to diminish or take shine away from those emcees who are still releasing a conscious, self-aware message on records. Peace […]

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    With a new movie and album coming out, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky has stepped back into the forefront contrary to his previously MIA status. At a recent Tribeca Film Festival event, the A$AP artist took part in the Elliot Wilson-hosted #CRWN series. Touching on various topics, Rocky talked about getting permission from Mos Def for […]

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    A$AP Rocky builds further anticipation for his upcoming album “A.L.L.A,” as he finally blesses us with the coveted tracklist. Pretty Flacko is at the apex of his musical career and with the tragic and untimely loss of his business partner and brother Yams, (RIP) Rocky’s newest album is positioned to be that much more personal […]

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    Yasiin Bey also known as Mos Def has delivered a visual for his track “Basquiat Ghostwriter.” An interesting choice of

    The post New Video: Yasiin Bey- “Basquiat Ghostwriter” appeared first on RESPECT..


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    Yasiin Bey is back to the name Mos Def for his latest cut with production by Ski Beatz. This one

    The post New Music: Mos Def & Ski Beatz – “Sensei On the Block” appeared first on RESPECT..


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    Almost immediately after his release of his mixtape “If Guns Could Speak PSA” via soundcloud, with the hashtag, #FreeYasiin, rapper

    The post NEW MUSIC: Peace To All Fear Of None (Freestyle) by Wara from the NBHD, appeared first on RESPECT..


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    Yasiin Bey is back with a new track entitled “Dec 99th-Local Time.” Some of you all may just simply know

    The post Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Drops “Dec.99th-Local Time” appeared first on RESPECT..


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    Take a deep breath, it’s Sunday. Here are some tunes that’ll mellow you out, and roll you into a great

    The post RESPECT.’s Simple Sunday Playlist [LISTEN] appeared first on RESPECT..


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    Produced by Killa J & DJ Moza, Jallal catapults himself into a refreshed and energetic sound. Jallal speaks about coming up from the bottom to the top, fake friends, new fame and the inspiration of the greats. Focused on his […]

    The post Jallal Drops “Without Drake, Mos Def, And Lupe Fiasco” appeared first on RESPECT..