Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, Chappelle's Show, Close Edge, Dave Chappelle, Editor's Picks, Kanye, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, The New Danger, Zooey Deschanel
PREVIEW: WATCH Mos Def’s Flow On Chappelle’s Show on ebaumsworld
Whether he’s demolishing Kanye in a rap battle or traveling the galaxy with Martin Freeman and Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def is a legend. As one of the most well-known MCs in the entertainment industry, Mos Def has garnered friends such as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli and Dave Chappelle. The recent viewing of a clip of Mos Def on the latter’s show, however, was when Mos Def, for me, became not only one of the most respected MCs but also one of the most talented.
When the episode premiered on Chappelle’s Show in 2003, Mos Def had not yet released his third album “The New Danger”, which includes the song “Close Edge” that Mos presumably “freestyled” on the show. Even if you thought the rap was pre-meditated, it wouldn’t matter. I rewound the two minute segment at least four times in one sitting because I couldn’t stop watching Mos. Even when he’s casually driving around with an incredibly goofy comedian, his flow is absolutely flawless.
–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor