Like many of the most successful rappers nowadays, Mos Def is a man who knows a thing or two about widening his remit. Not content with being one of the most respected rappers of his generation, a Hollywood movie star and a part time sneaker designer for Converse: Mos Def is now entering the world of documentaries with a film about the hugely overlooked ‘70’s punk band, Death. Formed in ’71 by three African American brothers, the band’s take on Alice Cooper inspired hard rock developed into a proto-punk sound that was years ahead of its time. Pre-dating both the Sex Pistols and Bad Brains, Death’s music is now considered seminal by music critics but is largely unknown outside of in-the-know punk music collectors. Financed by former Roc-A-Fella boss Damon Dash and directed by Codie and Chike, who have made videos for both KanYe West and Mos Def himself, the doc could well shed new light on one of the most unfairly ignored bands of last 40 years.
Of course, Mos Def has not totally left the rap behind. The New York MC announced he will play a one-off show in London’s KOKO on April 15th.
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For the record; this is what Mos Def is getting all excited about with his new film.