Monday, March 06, 2006

Two new movies with Mos Def

Mos Def, half of one of the greatest politically conscious hip-hop groups of all-time, Black Star, is in two new movies this week, "16 Blocks" and "Dave Chappelle's Block Party".

Both films got favorable reviews from Ebert:
16 Blocks review
Dave Chappelle's Block Party review

I was a little sorry to see Ebert so dismissive of hip-hop music, but as usual, even when his tastes dictate an aversion to something, he is still able to be reflective about his own tastes and the universal merit of what he is looking at.

Ebert discusses a little the impact that signing his $50 million contract with Comedy Central may have had on Chappelle. Chappelle was in an impossible situation as a high-paid performer with a social conscious whose largest fan base was aversive white racists. How do you walk that tightrope?

2 Comments:

Blogger Gar said...

Ah, mighty mighty Mos Def!

I'm looking forward to both movies.

BTW, the link to the 16 Blocks review is screwy.

8:35 PM  
Blogger xian said...

Heehee! More "scary" than "screwy".

Fixed :)

8:47 PM  

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