#BeyYe: Yasiin Bey’s one of a kind show entirely over Kanye West beats (Video)

 

TWO WORDS, Mos Def, K West, hot shit.

I mean, Yasiin has been tellin’ us for years. Last night though, @hetalbot and I were lucky enough to see it, first-hand live. (And yup, we got there early to get up front for these clips!)

The show began on a refreshingly odd note. Yasiin spray-painted “Oysters” on the blank canvas below the DJ booth and then continued to ceremoniously drape his performance space with rose petals. The vibe set, Yasiin went into “Life in Marvelous Times” fittingly over one of Kanye’s most iconic album intros, “Good Morning”. One of my Graduation favorites, “I Wonder”, soon followed.

Here are clips of mash-ups like “Ms Fat. Booty” over “Devil in a New Dress” (that definitely worked), “Mathematics” over “New God Flow”, and “Quiet Dog” over “Black Skinhead” that, in portion due to that beat at high volume in-person, was one of the hypest moments of the show. Little things like Yasiin’s dances and how the DJ would drop the music and let Yasiin’s echo close out almost every song made the show even that much more fun and polished. Clips can only do so much, but these are ones I’ll be rewatching years to come and transplanting myself back to January 13th in downtown L.A.

Yasiin then presented the next track as an unreleased record produced by Kanye. It jumped out as one of the coldest beats we’ve heard all night — classics included — and upon further digging, “The Light is Afraid of the Dark” saw release the track back in 2013. Here’s my favorite new record of 2019, ironically. Soundcloud link

After this smooth jam, Yasiin just stood to the side… the beat dropped… and out came Talib Kweli rapping the first verse of “Get By”. Surprise: flawlessly executed. Like seriously, the pause, the initial confusion of “what is happening?!”, and the euphoria of the crowd as we rapped every word. A hip hop show bucket list has always been seeing Black Star perform together, and in one glorious moment, I could ✅ next to that. The clip I got doesn’t do it 100% justice, but just because no one had their phone out for the surprise drop.

What better way to end your glimpse at what turned out to be one hour and 20 minutes of raw hip hop. Yasiin hopped from one song to the next, and only missed a word when he chose to stylistically sing it for a reverberating echo within The Regent.

Yasiin thanked us for the most valuable thing we can offer to each other: our time and took a well-deserved bow and victory dance to the festive “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser” (now in my rotation too, lol.)

Now if only we had roses to throw to him at the end. Bravo! 👏👏🌹🌹

BONUS:

@hetalbot started all the post-show footage with the top-rated post on r/hiphopheads so scroll through here for more fan clips, commentary from other attendees, and even links to more of Yasiin’s catalogue (see: REcstatic).

Please credit GWHH & @hetalbot for any re-sharing of the videos (and check out my personal post on the show @sgt.tibs !)

Lastly, I was unable to get footage, but here’s a dope one of the other surprise guest: Fatlip from Pharcyde performing “Passing Me By”. And a shoutout to Supernatural (freestyling king), Oakland R&B singer ASTU, and DJ Trauma for opening the show in reverse order. Supernatural got everyone hype with rhymes touching on the first few rows. ASTU had everyone in their feels with a few of her sultry tunes. And DJ Trauma had multiple DJ sets to transition it all together: namely the highly entertaining, sample-only set that became a fun guessing game of what sample associated with what classic hip hop song. We got the full hip hop experience… just another Sunday night in LA. 😎

OK, one more… “The Rape Over” from Yasiin’s 2004 album, The New Danger.

— Sgt. Tibs

Amy Schumer & Talib Kweli “Get Em High”

Amy Schumer continues to rack up the Ws.

Last night at Constellation here in the Chi, she impromptu performed “Get Em High” with Talib Kweli and posted a quick clip to her Instagram below. We need a full video of this!

Looks like Amy just did the female vocal part of the song, which (I didn’t know this) was voiced by Kanye’s girlfriend at the time of College Dropout, Sumeke Rainey.

Now I gotta hear ‘Ye’s verse again…

h/t Pitchfork

Talib Kweli ‘Fuck The Money’ (Free Album)

If pursuit of the money is your only goal, then you lose control then you lose your soul.

– Talib Kweli

I don’t think I need to write anything other than “Talib Kweli” to readers of this site to click and download, but definitely if I add “Free Album” next to it too.

Or perhaps Fuck The Money which is the name of said free album. I vibe with the attitude here, and the lyric that embodies the album on the title track below.

The album has a familiar set of guest names like Miguel and Chicago’s Patrick Stump on the same track, Ab-Soul, and even Kaytranada producing a track. You can peep the full tracklist below and head over to KweliClub.com for the FREE download. It’s a quick sign-up, and the email will come through shortly after, so make that move now and add this to quite the week of awesome new albums/projects. (Commentary + recap coming this weekend too…)

1. GRATITUDE – Produced by Thanks Joey for Colours Of The Culture.
2. LESLIE NOPE – Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music.
3. NICE THINGS – Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music.
4. ECHOES – featuring Miguel & Patrick Stump – Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music.
5. FUCK THE MONEY – featuring Casper Nyovest – Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music.
6. FALL BACK – featuring Styles P & Nire – Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music.
7. HE SAID SHE SAID – Produced by Farhot for Hitspot Music.
8. BUTTERFLY – featuring Steffanie Christi’an – Produced by Kaytranada.
9. BABY GIRL – featuring Kendra Ross – Produced by Abhi//Dijon.
10. THE VENETIAN – featuring NIKO IS & Ab-Soul – Produced by The Alchemist.
11. MONEY GOOD – Produced by Amadeus for Platinum Boy Music.

ICYMI: Talib Kweli ‘Train of Thought’ (Rarities + B-Sides) [July Album]

Talib Kweli ‘Train of Thought’ (Album)

Here’s a pleasant surprise — an album from Talib Kweli of b-sides, rarities, and unreleased records including the Black Star cut “Bright As The Stars”. You’ll also catch some Hi Tek production and if you slept on “Wack N****z” in the spawn of the G.O.O.D. era, then you can add this one to the collection. In fact, add it all to your collection on Kweli’s website.

1. Space (produced by Dave West) (3:49)
2. 2000 Seasons (prod. by Hi Tek) (4:13)
3. Bright As The Stars – Black Star (prod. by Ayatollah) (4:33)
4. Wack Niggaz feat. Common, Kanye West & Consequence (prod. by Kanye West) (3:52)
5. Boomerang- featuring NIKO IS, K’Valentine & Cory Mo (prod. by Cory Mo ( 3:20)
6. Ocean Song feat. Mela Machinko (prod. by Rahki) (3:42)
7. 7:30 feat. RES (prod. by DJ Quik) (4:06)
8. Fortfied Live feat. Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) & Mr. Man (prod. by Hi Tek) (4:36)
9. Tryin To Breathe feat. Killer Mike (prod. by Midi Mafia) (3:41)
10. Distractions (prod. by Oh No) (3:54)

HBO ‘Catch The Throne II’ (Mixtape)

With Game of Thrones coming back soon, HBO has released the sequel compilation mixtape of new original songs inspired by their hit series.

Catch The Throne II is available for free download on iTunes and can be streamed below. I’ve never gotten into GoT but I know many of you out there have and can likely appreciate the music from the likes of Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg, and Melanie Fiona even more.

01 Method Man – The Oath
02 MNDR – Run for Cover
03 Ty Dolla $ign – Never Back Down
04 Killswitch Engage – Loyalty
05 Kap G – Surrender Now
06 Melanie Fiona – Fight Through It
07 Snoop Dogg – Lannister’s Anthem
08 Yandel – Marcando Territorio
09 Anthrax – Soror Irrumator
10 Estelle – Let Me Go
11 Talib Kweli – Lord of the Light
12 Mastodon – White Walker
13 Raquel Sofia – Legends
14 Stalley – All Mine
15 Mushroomhead – Among the Crows​

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4-album/2dbz/catch-the-throne-2

h/t 2DB

Talib Kweli f/ Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Kendra Ross “Everywhere I Go”

NEW Talib Kweli news as he launches Javotti Media — a company to support “tomorrow’s artists today,” as Kweli pays it forward for getting his start with some early, big-name co-signs. The first release under Javotti will be a mixtape called The Cathedral, hosted by Affion Crockett. 15 tracks from the likes of Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Joell Ortiz, Pharoahe Monch, K’Valentine, Cory Mo, NIKO IS, and the man himself.

Listen to “Everywhere I Go” featuring Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T. and Kendra Ross below.