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Mos Def and Erykah Badu 

Wednesday, Sep 2 2009

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 old soul with futuristic beats, has a deep catalog of jams to pull from as she readies her next full-length, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). Jay Electronica, who had a daughter with Badu earlier this year, is the opening act on this bill. He'll offer teases of the unconventional from his debut album, which has no scheduled release date.

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