You know the story if you know Maimouna Youssef: She performed with rap duo dead prez at Dave Chappelle's block party. In 2006, she sang on The Roots' "Don't Feel Right," the lead single from the group's Game Theory album. "I Got a Man," the lead single from Youssef's The Blooming, was produced by DJ Jazzy Jeff. [...]
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"It’s bigger than hip HOP! Hip HOP!," spits rap duo Dead Prez on probably its best-known track to date. The song prodded some of the genre’s weak spots (materialism, fake thuggery) and went after critics who blamed the subculture for societal ills. But that was in 2000, on Dead Prez’s first album Let’s Get Free; since [...]
The Virgin Mobile FreeFest is like that time you bought a Groupon for Virginia wine-country tasting. Your clique lacks cohesion because it consists of people that back-doored into the deal or have a tenuous connection to the driver. There's goat cheese, wine slushies, and Ben Folds Five.
When you finally get there, you might find that [...]
After a predictable delay that surely bummed out hip-hop nerds on their lunch breaks, M-1 and stic.man of Dead Prez converged in a makeshift Occupy D.C. tent in the middle of McPherson Square today and performed for crunk homeless men, shoeless hippies, earnest fans, and a dude in a V For Vendetta mask. The concert was barely audible beyond [...]
Last night, Occupy D.C. organizers announced that Dead Prez and D.C.'s own Head-Roc will play a free concert today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in McPherson Square. While the performance is part of an anti-Walmart rally, don't be surprised if the musicians let fly some of their feelings about Occupy D.C. In an op-ed at the Huffington [...]
Working with The Roots certainly has its perks. Five years ago, local singer/MC Maimouna Youssef sang the hook to the Philly crew's "Don't Feel Right" and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on the song.
And if you look fast enough, you'll see a teenage Youssef on Dave Chappelle's Block Party, jumping abundantly with rappers Dead [...]
Maimouna Youssef has an artistic vision seasoned well beyond her 26 years—due mainly to her upbringing in a musical household and the time she's spent collaborating with artists like The Roots and Dead Prez.
I interviewed Youssef for last week's One Track Mind column, but I couldn't fit nearly everything in. Here's the rest of our interview—in [...]