More Birthday Partying For Puffy

The New York Post reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs was spotted holding court with a posse of pals at V.I.P. strip club after celebrating his 33rd birthday at Hue with Busta Rhymes and Mos Def.

Mos Def Creates Love Fest Of Music And Beats

Mos Def performed at Metro on Sunday night, just after the Cubs won their playoff game, and Matthew Lurie of the Chicago Tribune was on hand. Lurie writes, “Sunday’s sold-out show, packed with an extraordinarily diverse crowd, was an urgent test to see if urban bohemia’s No. 1 MC still has something to bring to the table. Alternately meandering and brilliant, Mos Def’s performance was far beyond a mere collection of rhymes and beats; the audience was given a stream-of-consciousness love-fest of black music, interpolating everything from R. Kelly to Gregory Issacs, even as he neatly sidestepped questions about any significant amount of new material.”

‘Out of Time’ Premiere

Mos Def, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J were in attendance at the ‘Out of Time’ New York premiere on Monday (September 29) at Loews Theater Lincoln Square. Check out pictures from FilmMagic and WireImage.

Floetry Team Up With Mos Def

The Source reports Floetry have collaborated with Mos Def for their new single ‘This is a Love Song.’ Natalie Stewart told The Source Magazine Radio Network about the premise behind the song, “It’s sarcastic,” she said. “It has to do with the fact
that with our first album they pushed mostly our ballads on record so we’re just
having some fun with that.”

Mutual Strokes For Mos Def And Bowie

The New York Post reports that when Complex magazine got Mos Def and David Bowie together at the St. Regis to chew the fat recently, it didn’t take long for the back-slapping to kick in. “I quote you like once a day almost,” Mos gushed. “Really. ‘Fame’ is still so current.” Bowie countered, “I’ll tell you a line I love – I’m not sure which of your songs it’s in, but it’s about ripping the sky until it bled sunshine.” Mos then recited the lyric from his song ‘Respiration,’ causing Bowie to beam, “Oh man, that’s the most beautiful line.”

The Black Eyed Peas Stand Alone On ‘Elephunk’

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas tells Jeff Inman of Las Vegas City Life that the group’s previous album sported so many guest appearances, with everyone from Wyclef Jean and Mos Def to De La Soul and Jurassic 5 clocking in for a few rounds, that it felt more like a slumber party than a Peas record. On their latest effort ‘Elephunk’, the band wanted to stand alone. “We didn’t want to rely on our friends to sell records,” he said. “If we’re going to succeed, we want to do it on our own terms and know that it’s because of what we’ve done rather than riding on someone else’s coattails. And I think this record is good enough to do that. It’s all about timing, and I think the timing is right for us now.” The full story at has since been removed.

16th Annual Essence Awards Photos

Common, MC Lyte, Monica, Mos Def, Queen Latifah, and Wyclef Jean were on hand at the 16th Annual Essence Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on Friday (June 6). Check out pictures from WireImage.