Dante do Brasil. Most people either love Mos Def or they gripe about the way he defies genre boundaries. Though its been a long road for the performing artist, from the days of “Body Rock” and “Definition,” Mos Def continues to push the envelope with his latest endeavor, The Ecstatic. This time in favor of world flavor. The album features tracks used from Beat Konducta’s India, and other top notch production including the likes of Chad Hugo, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Oh No. The two tracks that impressed me the most, for obvious reasons, were produced by Preservation from New Jersey, who seems to be making big moves with some legendary emcees. The album is worth a listen for everyone who have been waiting for the politically minded, Mos Def to lean back on Hip Hop.
The first track here is “Quiet Dog Bite Hard,” it samples a batucada track, that I haven’t quite traced yet, equipped with a brazilian surdo (a samba bass drum) and soulful hand claps. This will liven up any party for sure. Check it out here: Mos Def – Quiet Dog Bite Hard.
The next selection here is the last track on the album, titled “Casa Bey,” and rightfully so, it is co-produced by Mos Def. The sample comes from Banda Black Rio’s version of “Casa Forte,” written and originaly performed by Edu Lobo. As of late we have been working really close with Banda Black Rio, so this song really struck a chord with me, and to see one of my favorite emcee’s rhyme over this was nice. Though it hasn’t been the first time Hip Hop dabbed into Musica Brasileira (i.e. Pharcyde’s “Runnin’,” Black Eyed Peas debut album, Madvillainy, etc.), everytime Brazilian music is sampled by musicians of this fortitude, it continues to open up doors for people to endorse new cultures through music and that is Beats of All-Nations. Experience it here: Mos Def – Casa Bey.
On that note this Saturday, JB and I would like to invite So. Cal heads out to an event that bridges the gap between music genres from Samba, Soul to Hip Hop. For nearly a year Re:Fresh has brought a unique vibe to Pomona’s dba256 wine bar/art lounge. We are only doing it once a month so don’t miss out on one of the freshest social get downs outside of Los Angeles. P.S. No cover charge. Here’s the info: