Mos Def and Gorillaz: Collaborations we can believe in

21 12 2009

Mos Def went on BBC radio with DJ Semtex and talked about life, love, politics — actually, I’m not all that sure what they talked about, because I didn’t listen to it. Journalism at its finest. But I do know they talked about one of Mos Def’s upcoming projects — his role in Gorillaz‘s new album.

From HipHopDX:

“I’ll probably be the fifth or sixth [Gorillaz member],” continued Mos. “How many do they have now? I think it’s four. I’m a Gorillaz cameo. I think my character’s name is Sun Moon Stars. He’s a game vendor at this place called Plastic Beach. There’s a carnival atmosphere, he [runs] one of the games at this place.”

“I’ve got three on the Gorillaz record. And they’re all really… what shall we say… ‘Sweepstakes’ is incredible. ‘Sweepstakes’ is one of the greatest things that I’ve ever done… because it’s right on time the first song we ever recorded together and we did it in like one take. So ‘Sweepstakes’ is important to me.

The thing that excites me most about Mos Def is that this pairing should mean more singing, if recent history says anything. His melodic cameos on Kanye‘s Graduation and BlackRoc rank as some of his best work, and the idea of more makes us excited to see what they come up with.

We’re a huge fan of inter-genre marriage, so we’ll try to keep an eye on any updates and keep you informed.

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