Mos Def remains one of hip-hop's most talented MCs, rapping about real "bigger picture" issues. Because of his mass exposure, whether taking on film roles starring opposite Bruce Willis (16 Blocks, which is in postproduction), guest-starring on Chappelle's Show or hosting HBO's weekly spoken word program Def Poetry, Mos has the rare opportunity to propagate vital messages to mainstream audiences, as he did with his sticking-it-to-the-man response concerning the aftermath of Katrina with "Dollar Day for New Orleans (Katrina Clap)": "Don't talk about it," he urges at the end, "be a part of it."
Sat., April 18, 9 p.m., 2009
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