Last Call with Carson Daly will feature a couple hip hop artists this week. On Tuesday, look for Lil’ Kim to chat up Carson, with musical guests The Hives. Then on Wednesday, the Broadway rapper Mos Def will sit opposite Carson, with musical guest Quarashi. Check your local listings.
According to sohh.com, Mos Def, Eminem, Q-Tip and Naughty By Nature are among the list of artists suing Rawkus for non-payment of artist royalties. The rappers have enlisted a publisher/publishing administration company called The Royalty Network to launch their suit.
Ann-Marie Nicholson of Essence.com spoke with Mos Def about whether his recent moves to Broadway with ‘Top Dog/Under Dog’ and his Black Jack Johnson band may leave his hip hop fans feeling betrayed. Mos Def insists, “I’m not concerned with that at all, because I have a responsibility to myself first. I can only devote so much time to what people got to say,” adding “I’m not motivated by money or fame. Everything I put out, I can live with it. I’m not even concerned with people liking it. What I want more than anything, is not people’s love or admiration, but their respect.”
Troy J. Augusto of Variety was on hand at the Black Jack Johnson Project concert at the House of Blues on Friday and gave rave reviews. The Mos Def led project performed an 80 minute set boasting “a wide array of styles and moods, including reggae, hard rock, blues, punk and R&B, with some original songs and some covers.” Augusto also called Mos Def “clearly one of the most talented and versatile performers in contemporary hip-hop.”
Mos Def announced 7 dates on a short concert tour beginning on January 4 in West Hollywood before ending January 10 in Cleveland. The rapper talked with Billboard.com about working with ex-members of Living Color as he admits, “In my estimation, there’s a lot of rock bands sort of just fiddling with hip-hop, and a lot of hip-hop bands sort of fiddling with rock. I don’t want to fiddle, you know?”
The Nkiru Center for Education and Culture, Inc., founded by hip-hop artists Talib Kweli and Mos Def to promote literacy and use the arts, education, history, and science to promote culture, will host its inaugural benefit awards reception Monday, December 17 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be RSVP’d.
NME reports rapper Mos Def has lended a hand to Massive Attack on one of the group’s new tracks titled ‘Eye Against Eye’. While the track was supposed to be on a soundtrack, that has since been reconsidered.
360hiphop.com talked to several rappers including Q-Tip and Mos Def following the devastating terror attacks against the US September 11. Both Muslims, Mos Def said “What happened has nothing to do with Islam. This is the work of terrorists and Islam is not about that.”
Hip Hop 101 will open the mainstage tonight at the annual Bumbershoot celebration in Seattle. The bands showcase include Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5 and Mos Def. I’ll be at the event tonight and will post a review as time permits. For more info on the concert and Bumbershoot’s efforts to reinvent itself in its 31st year by having a hipper selection of music.