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Calendar, Night&Day Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress is a hot-right-now comedian, once described by Chris Rock as a less-disgusting hypothetical spawn of Steven Wright, Mos Def, and Dave Chappelle. The award-winning comedian and writer just signed a deal with the Comedy Central network for…
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Music, Hear This Hood Internet: Show Preview

Hood Internet: Show Preview

Nothing in this world is certain except death, taxes, and the Internet's boner for mash-ups. Hit YouTube this instant and you'll find remixes involving Lana Del Rey and The Notorious B.I.G., Willow Smith and Devo, Tupac and dialogue from The…
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Music, All Shook Down Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Saturday Night: Black Star and Zion I at the Fox Theater

Black Star Zion I DJ Mr. E July 31, 2010 @The Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: A decade's worth of (mostly) socially indifferent mainstream hip-hop. Nearly twelve years after the release of their only full-length collaboration -- 1998's Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star…
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Music, All Shook Down Mos Def to Perform at Haiti Benefit at the Independent on Wed

Mos Def to Perform at Haiti Benefit at the Independent on Wed

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Mos Def moved to the Bay Area recently. The emcee comes to town--last weekend, to perform at the Shattuck Down Low--and announces he'll be here through part of this week as well. Def is…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Badu Deffer Than Mos

Last Night: Badu Deffer Than Mos

Mos Def's The Ecstatic Tour with Erykah Badu and Jay Electronica September 4, 2009, Paramount Theater Better Than: Hip-Hop Karaoke Night. "No disrespect to any dudes who rap. But I'm a bad motherfucker." Thus spake Mos Def.The Brooklyn MC…
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Music, Hear This Mos Def and Erykah Badu

Mos Def and Erykah Badu

One of this country's most politically astute rappers, New York's Mos Def often calls out society's ills, but his latest album, The Ecstatic, brings out his most optimistic sounds for a new era of Obama hope. Dallas-based Erykah Badu, an…
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Music, All Shook Down Mos Def Adds Oakland Date

Mos Def Adds Oakland Date

Tickets are almost gone for the September 3 Mos Def/ Erykah Badu show at Davies Symphony Hall--they sold like the proverbial hotcakes. But fear not, O fans of the Mighty Mos. A second date, September 4, has been added…
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Music, All Shook Down Mos Def and Erkyah Badu Davies Hall Show Announced

Mos Def and Erkyah Badu Davies Hall Show Announced

If you missed your first chance to see hip-hop take over the normally-staid Davies Hall--home of the San Francisco Symphony, don't fret. Ankh Marketing and Guerilla Union (promoters of Rock the Bells) has just announced an upcoming performance by…
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Music, Hear This Mos Def gets jazzy at Yoshi's

Mos Def gets jazzy at Yoshi's

While waiting (and waiting) for Mos Def's upcoming album, The Ecstatic, to drop, take the opportunity to hear the rapper's jazzier side. His three-night, small-combo stint at Yoshi's will be close in spirit to the work of the Mos Def…
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Music, All Shook Down Mos Def Announces Yoshi's Show

Mos Def Announces Yoshi's Show

The Mighty Mos Def is coming to Oakland. And he's playing a jazz club. Tickets are now on sale for Mos' upcoming three-night stint at Yoshi's Oakland location April 14-16. As a press release noted, the rapper-turned-thesbian is coming…
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Film, <i>Be Kind, Rewind</i> Not Worth Renting

Be Kind, Rewind Not Worth Renting

The pleasures of Be Kind Rewind do not extend far beyond the promise of its premise: Jack Black, magnetized and manic (yawn), erases every single video tape in the rental store where he hangs out and has to reshoot the…
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Mos Def and Jack Black Remake Rush Hour 2 in Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry's upcoming film Be Kind Rewind features Mos Def and Jack Black as video store clerks who film their own versions of Hollywood blockbusters after accidentally demagnetizing all the rental tapes. This means hilarious home videos of the…
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Music, All Shook Down Last-Minute Mos Def Show at Mezzanine Announced Today for Wednesday

Last-Minute Mos Def Show at Mezzanine Announced Today for Wednesday

From the PR: JUST ANNOUNCED: MOS DEF PLAYING MEZZANINE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH Doors 9:00 PM/show starts at 10:00 PM Tickets available at ticketweb.com MEZZANINE 444 Jessie Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103 For more on Mos Def, click on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cautiously Extreme

Cautiously Extreme

Remember when ICER Air first came to town on Fillmore Street and all those monks blew a gasket? No? Then you should consider attending this year's event at AT&T Park. Although it has been stripped of its ability to infuriate…
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Music, All Shook Down Talib Kweli To Justify ICER AIR Douche Fest

Talib Kweli To Justify ICER AIR Douche Fest

So November brings yet another asinine extreme sports event to follow up on the X-Games. Just what AT&T needed, more bros doing backflips on motorcycles while their moto-hos listen to ... Mos Def and Talib Kweli?! Jesus. Those conscious…
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Rock the Bells, The Expendables, New Monsoon -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Saturday, August 18

Rock the Bells, 12 noon at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (AT&T Park) . $76. Performing:Sage Francis, Murs, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, MF Doom, The Coup, Jedi Mind Tricks, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, EPMD, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Public Enemy, The Roots, Cypress…
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Music, Brains, Brawn, and Balls

Brains, Brawn, and Balls

Immortal Technique The music of Immortal Technique serves as a solid rejoinder to those who think that rap's fire-and-brimstone radicalism is dead. The N.Y.C.-by-way-of-Peru MC's righteous indignation is driven by healthy political paranoia and topped with a dappling of gangsta…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Mos Def at Mezzanine

Last Night: Mos Def at Mezzanine

Def and dumb, but definitely not blind June 20, 2007, Mezzanine Better Than: Def Poetry Jam Download: Mos Def interviewing Al Gore Mos Def -- the Brooklyn-born rapper, actor and host of the HBO series Def Poetry Jam --…
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Music, Reviewed DJ Krush

DJ Krush

Japanese beatmaker DJ Krush has always had a Zen-master type of feel to his mood-shifting material, which can abruptly veer from hard-edged big beats to softly melodic ambient stuff. On Stepping Stones, he remixes 25 of his favorite tracks from…
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Film, Get Down With Dave

Get Down With Dave

The world premiere of Dave Chappelle's Block Party at the Toronto International Film Festival last September had the vibe of a sold-out concert -- all those spotlights beaming to and fro in front of a venerable old theater, all that…
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