Listen: Black Star by Mos Def & Talib Kweli

Sometimes it’s not just a song that shapes you. It’s an album. (Remember those??) Times have changed. But I do remember buying this CD in a record store during a trip to LA. with money saved from my allowance. Gosh this album changed me. This changed me. Mos Def x Talib Kweli forever. I thank the soul who uploaded the full album online. Pass it on.

Listen: Priority by Mos Def

Peace before everything / God before anything / Love before anything / Real before everything…

Before he was Yasiin Bey, he was Mos Def. He’s of the artists that I can look back on and still appreciate the music he created as if it were released today. Priority (from The Ecstatic) is one of those songs.