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.
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]