The all-star list of attendees at the 2nd Annual Shortlist Music Awards Concert on Tuesday included ?uestlove, Cee-Lo, Mos Def, and N.E.R.D. The event was held at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Check out photos from WireImage.com.
Mos Def tells Entertainment Today’s that it was the meticulous, yet amicable, nature of director Rick Famuyiwa that helped sell the ‘Brown Sugar’ cast to sign on for the project. “What I liked about Rick was that he was very diplomatic,” he said. “Rick is strong in his convictions, but he valued what I had to say. He is one of those guys who is going to do right by his movie. Rick is just a cool dude.” Read more.
Flo Anthony of K104 was on hand at the premiere of ‘Brown Sugar’ on Monday and phoned in her report to the station this morning. Flo says Mos Def stole the show with his part in the film. She also talked about DMX’s comments against Steven Seagal and Damon Dash being beat up in Paris. Audio at k104fm.com has since been removed.
DaveyD.com reports recently the Not In Our Name project took out a full page ad in the New York Times opposing War on Iraq. Among the signees were fellow Hip Hop artists Mos Def, Ozomatli and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples. During the Public Enemy show in New York, Blackalicious announced on stage that they would be out at the Central Park Rally later today in New York. Check out more on the Not In Our Name project here.
AllHipHop.com caught up with Talib Kweli who commented on his solo album, and the status of him and his Black Star partner, Mos Def. “The number one question I get asked is, when is there gonna’ be a new Black Star album? Mos is my best friend and it is not a matter of whether we gon’ do it, cause we gon’ do it, but we just got schedules right now,” Kweli said. “I’m doing my solo album and he is working on a movie right now, but we are trying to make it as strong as possible, cause when we get together, there is no denying us. Mos is my favorite emcee and vice versa, and I think that is the credit for the success of Black Star.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Cee-Lo, Bjork, N.E.R.D., the Hives, Aphex Twin, the Avalanches, DJ Shadow, Doves, the Flaming Lips and Zero 7 are among 10 finalists for this year’s Shortlist Prize, which celebrates artists whose work has yet to enjoy widespread commercial success and awards a $10,000 prize. The judges include Jill Scott, U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., Alanis Morissette, Mos Def, Beck and film directors Spike Jonze and Baz Luhrmann.
The New York Post reports the Strokes and Mos Def will play at the MTV Video Music Awards after-party at Milk Studios on Thursday (August 29).
MTV News caught up with Mos Def who says his follow-up to 1999’s ‘Black on Both Sides’ will drop soon. “I never left, man,” Mos declared. “I just stay quiet, but I be working all the time. I’ve been in the studio so much. I haven’t released anything. People know that I’m a musician. My basic concern with music is I do what I’m excited about and what I feel.” That album will be from his band Black Jack Johnson, “named it after the champion that nobody wanted.” Mos explains, “That’s how hip-hop is. We the champs that nobody wants. I call [the music’s feel] ‘ghetto rock.’ It’s no description I could give it because it’s new. It’s new to my ears. It don’t sound like nothing nobody’s doing or what I’ve heard anybody do.” Read more.
WireImage.com has more photos of Mos Def at Lotus which threw itself a 2nd Anniversary Bash on June 26 in New York City. Check out pictures of Mos Def and other stars here.
Mos Def visited Last Call with Carson Daly on Monday night to talk about his Broadway role in ‘Topdog/Underdog’, and later read some rhymes he wrote a capella. For a transcript to the chat, read on.