Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

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Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020 by Salman Rushdie review - self-absorption writ large
Rushdie is overly drawn to low-hanging fruit in this smug collection of criticism, speeches and essays

Anthony Cummins

23, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Yasiin Bey and Robert Glasper review – mercurial hip-hop star finds magic in the moment
Teaming up with jazz maverick Glasper, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def performed a gripping set with the spontaneous vibe of an after-hours jam session

Stevie Chick

09, Mar, 2018 @12:31 PM

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Yasiin Bey announces farewell shows in New York and Washington
The rapper will return to the US to perform classic Mos Def material and entertain ‘surprise special guests’

Guardian music

23, Nov, 2016 @9:13 AM

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What we learned this week: Bowie theories, Glenn Frey's death and more
As amateur sleuths pored over Blackstar, Abba reunited to plug a Stockholm taverna and Yasiin Bey got into a spot of bother with South African officials

Michael Hann

22, Jan, 2016 @3:48 PM

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Rapper formerly known as Mos Def announces his retirement from music and film
Rapper formerly known as Mos Def protests in the wake of his detention in Cape Town, announcing his retirement from music and film industries

Guardian music

20, Jan, 2016 @5:51 PM

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Rapper Mos Def fails to amuse as comedian
Performing under his real name, Yasiin Bey gives underwhelming performance in European debut of his standup show

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

30, Aug, 2015 @2:58 PM

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Yasiin Bey review – artist once known as Mos Def disappoints
The hip-hop star gives a glimpse of just how great he can be – which makes this bizarre, patchy show all the more frustrating, writes Ian Gittins

Ian Gittins

24, Nov, 2014 @11:40 AM

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Life of Crime review – a poor man's American Hustle

Jennifer Aniston stars in a disappointing kidnapping drama adapted from Elmore Leonard's The Switch, writes Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

06, Sep, 2014 @11:02 PM

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Life of Crime review – a good-natured, unexpectedly winning treat
Jennifer Aniston gives an endearingly comic performance in this deft adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, writes Catherine Shoard

Catherine Shoard

04, Sep, 2014 @9:00 PM

Vinyl Cut: Talib Kweli goes record shopping with the Guardian

In the first of a new series, the Guardian took rapper Talib Kweli record shopping at Rough Trade's New York store. Kweli, whose hip-hop breakthrough came via his partnership with Mos Def as Black Star, tells how his interest in music stemmed from 1950s rock'n'roll, Motown and jazz. Gil Scott-Heron and Little Dragon were part of an eclectic selection

Mae Ryan and Rebecca Nicholson

03, Jul, 2014 @1:00 PM

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Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, cancels US tour amid 'legal and immigration' wrangles

The rapper, who now lives in South Africa, has decided not to come back to his native US for 'immigration/legal' reasons

Ben Beaumont-Thomas in London and Lauren Gambino in New York

22, May, 2014 @4:59 PM

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Life of Crime: Toronto 2013 - first look review

Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes set the scene and dispatch killer dialogue in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Switch

Catherine Shoard

12, Sep, 2013 @5:09 PM

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