9 Jun
The return of SideTwo presented by Amerigo Gazaway

Getting Yasiin Bey back into the USA may not be so easy, but Amerigo Gazaway has done a hell of a job bringing “Yasiin Gaye” back to us. This Mos Def x Marvin Gaye is the sequel to the last dose of goodness you may remember from here. The intent this time around was to play up […]


14 Mar
The latest in DJ/producer Amerigo Gazaway Soul Mates series

Nashville producer Amerigo Gazaway has launched a new mashup series called Soul Mates, aimed at combining legendary artists of yore with the best talent from today. The first installment conflates Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) with legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. Titled Yasiin Gaye, the idea of the series is for the finished […]


7 Feb
One-hour set of underground hip-hop, soul & experimental heat

Madlib jumps on Benji B’s show at BBC Radio 1 for a one-hour set of underground hip-hop, experimental beats and the heavily blunted soul and funk he’s well known for. The left field LA producer and wordsmith also plays a bunch of his instrumentals, as well as tracks from alter egos like Quasimoto. Collaborations like Madvillain […]


1 Apr
New collab from ex-Mos Def & the man behind Cash Money

Can’t think of a better way for the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey, to stage his comeback than by partnering up with Mannie Fresh, arguably the most under-rated hip hop producer of all time. The collaboration will mix Bey’s penchant for thoughtful, clever lyrics with Fresh’s genius in crafting the catchiest beat, a […]


10 Feb
5 top producers perform with unexpected collaborators to surprisingly good results

Caught the official premier of the documentary RE:GENERATION last night at the Mann Chinese theater, and have to say we were pretty impressed. LIAS previewed the RE:GENERATION Music Project late last year when we were leaked a teaser and were hopeful with what we’d seen, but the finished product really takes the potential of the concept to […]


4 Jan
The French director Swedes Martin Scorcese's landmark film

Remember in Michel Gondry‘s 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind when Mos Def and Jack Black filmed super low budget versions of famous movies? Oh, you didn’t see it? Well fret not young cinephile, you didn’t miss much — it pretty much sucked. Despite dropping the ball on that film, director Gondry — best known for Eternal […]


6 Dec
DJ Premier, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Crystal Method & Mark Ronson team up with unexpected collaborators

RE:GENERATION looks to be a really interesting documentary following 5 world class DJs/producers as they break away from their comfort zone and collaborate with musicians from far-flung genres and backgrounds. Sponsored by the Hyundai Veloster and made in association with The Grammys by award-winning documentarian Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story), […]


12 Apr
Lil Wayne, M.I.A., Rye Rye, Diplo, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and more

Blaqstarr drops his Blaqstarr The Mixtape today, featuring the talents of Lil Wayne, M.I.A., Rye Rye, Diplo, Talib Kweli, Switch, Mos Def and more. The Baltimore singer/rapper/DJ/producer displays the Renaissance man talent that makes him one of M.I.A.’s top producers — download  here from blaqstarrmusic, all you gotta do is give him your email. Fair […]