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This man needs no introduction. As one of hip-hop’s most thoughtful rhymesayers, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has continuously pushed the envelope of socially conscious lyricism ever since he first entered the stage back in 1994. The legendary Brooklynite has compiled an exclusive playlist for us, and similar to his thought-provoking lyrics, his song selection is one complex affair. Besides recommending “anything” from Blood Diamond, his playlist ranges from a couple of demos from the Hackney brothers, collectively known as Death, recorded in the ’70s (“Views,” “Can You Give Me A Thrill”), King Krule’s 2012 single “Rock Bottom,” Chimurenga Renaissance’s spiritual “The B.A.D Is So Good,” to Kelela’s Kingdom-produced “Bank Head,” Yasiin is taking us to an eclectic musical journey that will put you into the mind of one of today’s most sought-after artists. Tune in to this very rare playlist below.
Yasiin Bey – Exclusive Playlist for HYPETRAK
Kelela – Bank Head
Chimurenga Renaissance – The B.A.D Is So Good
Shabazz Palaces – A Mess, The Booth That Soaks In Palacian Musk
Death – Views
Death – Can You Give Me A Thrill?
Death – Let The World Turn
King Krule – Rock Bottom
Shuggie Otis – Special
Lonnie Holley – Looking for All (All Rendered Truth)
A.R.E. Weapons – Don’t Be Scared
Charles Mingus – Myself When I Am Real