FaltyDL remixes Mos Def
Reworking pieces from Yasiin Bey's, aka Mos Def's back catalog always presented some inherit risk.
Always a preface for cultural prevalence and poignancy, Bey's 'Umi Says' has always stood as one of his crown jewels. The cognizant positivity and sweeping jazz rhythms stand clear as he wholeheartedly murmurs "My Umi says shine a light on the world, shine a light for the world to see." It's a daringly personal, perhaps too much for anyone to remix.
The challenge was accepted by FaltyDL, who stripped the jazz overtones for thumping drums and bass, but still held the beloved chorus in tact as a pressing loop. It's not exactly a completely organic rework, which seems like more of a nod of respect to Bey than anything else.
Check out the remix below.
It was my last day at SXSW and I was going to make sure I would go out with a bang. Unfortunately, that bang involved me freezing my ass off all day. With every day at an average of about 70 degrees, it was a bit inconvenient for it to drop down to 40 degrees on the last day of SXSW. I though I was back in San Francisco with the wind, clouds, and near freezing temperatures. I did not like. Anyway, the day started late for me and I found myself at the FUN FUN FUN Fest about a mile ... (continued) [read more]
Besides playing 'Umi Says' and 'History', Bey was also joined by his Black Star partner-in-crime Talib Kwell for a few tracks. [read more]
I always remember Mos Def as the impossibly cool object of Alicia Keys' affection in the video for 'You Don't Know My Name, but in addition to being one of the finest MCs of his peers and acclaimed actor, Mos Def, or Yasiin Bey, has also donated his time and resources to causes in which he believes. Today however, a short film has been released of him taking an extra step. [read more]