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Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) reflectz on the legacy of Malcolm X

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by Wax Poetics

To commemorate the 90th birthday of Malcolm X on Tuesday (May 19, 2015), Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) speaks on the significance of Malcolm X today, especially for those who Bey says are “…poor, or hungry, or hunted.”

Taken from an interview with Yasiin Bey shot in Paris with curator Sohail Daulatzai for the exhibit Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop, and accompanied with the soulful boom-bap of beatmaker/MC Oddisee, Yasiin Bey poignantly reflects on the lasting influence of Malcolm X, whom he calls a “style icon, political thinker, and philosopher.”

More of the interview with Yasiin Bey is included in the 120-page commemorative book, which also features a commissioned essay by Chuck D, images from legendary hip-hop photographers Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli, B+, Cognito, and Katina Parker, as well as album cover art, flyers and other ephemera.

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