So, two things are true: Mos Def is now to be referred to as Yasiin Bey, and Black Star is making a comeback! The amazing hip-hop duo stopped by “The Colbert Report” a couple of days ago and discussed their new album, Mos Def’s name change, and then knocked it out of park with their new song “Fix Up.”
The title of the song is perhaps a reference to Dizzee Rascals classic “Fix Up, Look Sharp.” But of course the duo puts their own spin on “fixing up” and deliver some solids rhymes that are hip-hop at its best. They even discuss how they feel about being labeled as “underground hip-hop” and joke with Colbert about the “difference” between commercial and underground hip-hop.
I’m glad that the duo is working on a new album and I’m not even hating on the name change. Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) will always be one of my favorite rappers, an amazing actor, and he will always be Ford Prefect from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Every time I read that book I keep thinking of the movie and cracking up at Mos Def portraying Ford. I usually don’t like when rappers attempt to act, but he does a great job at acting.
If you love Black Star, then be sure to pass this video around and get accustomed to saying Yasiin Bey instead of Mos Def. It’s going to take some time for me to get used to, but it’s all good in the name of hip-hop. At least he didn’t change his style and try to take on a “commercial sound.” But whether an artist is “commercial” or “underground,” the only thing that really matters is the talent, the beat, and the overall message. That is what counts at the end of the day. And if the message isn’t worth crap, then at least it has a good beat we can shake our butts to and have a blast dancing to. Ah, the power of music…gotta love it!
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
The greatest thing about being 20 years old is the ability to admit I don’t know everything, and I’m still on a abstract exploration of life. Even though I can’t wait to be 21 and be able to finally enjoy all the great house music venues and legally order a drink, I still celebrate being young. I feel like I’m in this amazing place in life; a spot that needs to be cherished and not rushed. I’m in my last year of college and I’m so close to finally reaching that transition into working professional instead of struggling student. Everything I want to explore and see is just right around the corner.
I have a lot of things I plan on exploring and accomplishing and I’m loving the journey thus far. Even though a lot of people call me an “old soul,” it doesn’t mean I’m ready to just sit still, hunker down into a relationship, and start planning out what I will name my first kid. I mean, yes, I do have some names in mind, but I don’t plan on having any kids for a long time (another 5 years at minimum.) Throwing kids and the idea of marriage into the picture before 25 years old freaks me out! I enjoy the freedom of just casual dating, no pressure, and just being able to focus on me without crazy amounts of additional pressure.
Being young is that magical time in a human’s lifespan in which we find ourselves. It’s a moment in life where we get to have new experiences, new pains, new joys, new journeys, and even the unexpected magical encounters. I’m not saying it’s impossible to find true love when you’re young, but also young love can change like the wind. One day that person is your entire life, then the next day you graduate from college and decided to go after your dreams for a job in another city. Or perhaps, you grow apart from that person and aren’t the same when you met. There is nothing wrong with moving on; it’s expected.
That moving on and unrelenting freedom is kind of what makes the journey of mingling such a thrill. You never know what is going to happen or who you might meet, but there isn’t a great deal of pressure involved. Well, personally speaking, I just don’t put that pressure on it. I want that time to keep finding myself, going on dates with different men, and seeing where life takes me. With my continuous journey and dating (I mean I couldn’t imagine not going on dates, I love men) I do know that eventually I’ll meet a guy that will be the right one for me and I will be right for him. But I can’t just sit around and hope my dream man shows up on my doorstops; I’ve got to be realistic and have an active dating life, especially since I’m young, well-educated, and single. I always tell people not to worry about finding love and continue to journey; then when you do find a love, you might realize that you are still young, naive, and on a journey finding those in-betweens…
That last sentence I just mentioned comes from New Zealand band The Naked and Famous. They have this amazing song called “Young Blood” and it truly captures that vibe of being young and on a journey in love & life. I heard it while watching HGTV and seeing a commercial for a show I watch called Property Brothers. I first thought the song was by Passion Pit, but then I did a quick Google search and learned it was by NZ band The Naked and Famous. I’m not sure what it is about New Zealand, but they pump out a lot of cool music!
The band does have that Passion Pit vibe, but their song “Young Blood” is one that has a magical and uplifting message that truly explains young love. I been listening to this song on repeat and I think it can sum up a majority of my “love” experiences so far; it’s all a fun learning lesson that I can one day look back on and be thankful that all the paths eventually lead me to the true Mr. Right. But for now, I truly celebrate being young, single, no attachment, and anxious to zoom through my last year of college into a life filled with a career, bills, partying, traveling, and more dating!
The video is so beautiful!
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com