Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Every once in a while, an emcee comes up from the underground to remake the face of hip-hop, and when Bed-Stuy's own Mos Def exploded onto the scene in 1998 with Black Star (with Talib Kweli) and Black on Both Sides (1999), the world sat up and took notice. His infectious rhymes—infused with an acute social consciousness—dropped the bombast of commercial rap and reclaimed hip-hop's revolutionary soul. In the meantime, Mos has put out a string of records pushing and blurring the lines between many different genres of music, not to mention lighting up Broadway (Topdog/Underdog) and Hollywood (The Italian Job, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).
This February, Mos Def comes to BAM for two nights, kicking off Brooklyn Next—two weekends of concerts at BAM and a dozen clubs around the borough. Featuring emerging bands and solo artists from Brownsville to Brighton Beach and everywhere in between, Brooklyn Next proves why Brooklyn is now the center for innovative music in the US. The evening begins with performances by El Michel's Affair (Feb 16) and K'Naan (Feb 17), followed by a set by the man himself.