Nas live at 92Y! Starting at 8 pm ET tonight. Watch it online here.
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Mos Def previews “Pretty Dancer” at 92Y in Feb 2008
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, turns 39 today (via The Awl) and we thought we’d share this video from our archive as well as his guided tour of the “Most Important Songs in My Life” he gave that night. In chronological order:
“Reasons” by Earth, Wind and Fire
“O Holy Night,” first heard in church as a child.
“It’s Like That” by Run DMC, first heard blasting from an open doorway in the Bronx in the early 1980s.
“Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force, first heard inside a Brooklyn pizzeria one day with his mother. “They sounded like they were coming from space.”
“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, first heard during a “last day of school” class party in the fourth grade.
“The Bridge is Over” by Boogie Down Productions, as first heard on a Bronx sidewalk. “It was news.”
“A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane, as first heard at the age of 14. “It was my first means of travel.”
The Band of Gypsys live album by Jimi Hendrix, first heard at the age of 15. “I remember being mad, because it was like, why did no one tell me about this?”
“Bitches Brew” by Miles Davis, first heard at the age of 16.
Don’t miss: Nas at 92Y on Jan 8.
Coming to 92Y on Jan 8. We’ll be giving away tickets and soliciting questions soon.