This just in: the Music Farm announced a solid booking for Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Mos Def and opening act Jay Electronica on Thurs. Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale now for $30 through the Farm’s box office at Etix.com.
After a stint as a child actor, Def (born Dante Terrell Smith) collaborated with De la Soul before releasing a string solo singles and full-lengths in the late 1990s. Critics hailed him as a return to the conscious rap of the late-1980s. His 1999 album Black on Both Sides (Rawkus), co-produced by Talib Kweli, incorporated more rock riffs, samples, and melodic arrangements than many in the hip-hop world expected to hear.
In the early 2000s, he worked with the more rock/funk-oriented Black Jack Johnson project with keyboardist Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic and the Taking Heads), guitarist Dr. Know (of Bad Brains), drummer Will Calhoun (of Living Colour), and bassist Doug Wimbish (of the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Living Colour).
On the cinematic side of things, Def stayed just as busy acting as he did rapping in recent years, acting in several films such as Monster’s Ball, Bamboozled, Brown Sugar, The Woodsman, the Golden Globe-winning Lackawanna Blues, and the Emmy-winning Something the Lord Made, Be Kind Rewind, and Cadillac Records (in which he played Chuck Berry).