A wild and crazy guy

Does anyone else remember back in the late ’90s when Ol’ Dirty Bastard would pop up in the news every other day? One day he’d be using his retard strength to lift a car off a kid, then the next thing you know he’d be bumrushing Shawn Colvin’s Grammy acceptance speech.

That’s not to mention the crack-smoking, the shootouts with the cops, the almost falling off hotel balconies, the almost getting burned to death by pyro at the VMAs and so on and so forth. Shit, it’s a wonder he lasted as long as he did!

There is no modern equivalent of Ol Dirty Bastard circa 1998, and I’m not sure if there could be, but Mos Def sure is trying his damndest. As far as I know, he’s not on crack or any other hard drugs, but given the course of his career as of late, I shudder to think if he was.

His comments about tall Israelis, which have subsequently been redacted from copies of 2004′s The New Danger, should’ve been my first clue, but I knew something was up when he had the sheer balls to be doing shows out in LA accusing Suge Knight of murdering 2Pac and Biggie.

Even Diddy himself won’t broach that issue 10 years after the fact.

Then, seemingly unconcerned with his image as Mr. Brown Skin Lady, he went and married not only a white chick from Canada, but a motherfucking video chick. (She was in Snoop’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” clip). Not that I can blame him or anything. I’m just saying.

Indeed, Mos Def is far from the first rapper to trade up once he had the means. None other than the late, great Biggie Smalls himself went from Lil’ Kim (back when she was about something) to Faith Evans (light skinted with bigger boobs) to Charli Baltimore (skinnier and essentially white).

My favorite though was when he dissed Bono of all people on his typically half-assed[1] Hurricane Katrina tribute “Katrina Clap,” then got arrested for performing it outside last year’s VMAs. Aside from being hilarious to watch on YouTube the next day, it helped shed light on an important issue.

“Katrina Clap” (and that’s probably not its real name) is one of the tracks included on Mos Def’s new obviously-thrown-together contractual obligation of an album Tru3 Magic, which just sort of showed up in stores without so much as a cover a couple of weeks ago.

It’s since been pulled from shelves in order to be re-released in March with a CD booklet and a few bonus tracks, which suggests to me that sending it to stores the last week of 2006 may have been due to some tax write-off scheme on Geffen’s part…

As spotty as it is, I can’t give Tru3 Magic a full-on recommendation, but – as cliche as it sounds – Mos does show flashes of brilliance here and there. It’s like he could make another Black on Both Sides if he wanted to, but he’s too busy acting in movies and indulging his inner Ol’ Dirty.

Which is too bad, really.

[1] For what it’s worth, at least Mos had a Katrina track out back when it counted, unlike some people we know…

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    ur an idiot Bol…

    someone had a blog about this not too long ago…

    let me find out ur fat ass is a biter?

    no marv albert

  • Twelve

    So what you’re saying is that, as a rapper, If Mos Def would show up on the news every now and again on drug charges, talked about how much “bling” he has and rapped about shootin’ niggaz up, then he’d be acting a little more “normal”, huh?

  • layon


  • thoreauly77

    i too am bummed with mos def’s de-evolution as an emcee. i don’t care if youre sick of your record label and are contractually obligated to make one more record: you should still try and do your best with the project, and if this is mos def’s “best”, then he should just say fuck it.

  • http://straightoutleodis.blogspot.com Analogue

    Probably not first given the state of XXL’s comment system at the mo but fuckit, who cares about 1st?

    Mos was pretty much what got me into hip-hop… “Definition” by Black Star and “Fortified Live”. But that Liquid Swords rehash was horrrrible… he’s fallen right off.


  • My Effin’ Opinion

    Haven’t really noticed all this stuff on Mos .. I guess he’s the quiestest gully nigga out there (yea right) ..

    Oh and THANK YOU XXL for delaying these posts!!! I can finally read the opinions of others on the actual topic of the blog rather than scroll down hundreds of posts from the same 5 niggaz arguing about ___ >>> ____, or what were Sylvestor Stallone’s top 5 movies, or anything else that these bored ass people can think of…

    That wasn’t a good look for the site.

    Again, as the name suggests, This is my ‘effin opinion .. you may have your own.

  • The Avalanche Guy

    shut up bol you’re full of shit
    you couldn’t rap if your life depended on it
    when people see your ugly face they laugh u punk
    someone fire this guy

  • Three4

    Mos Def is dope but I´m missing the good ol´Mos…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    mos def aint fallin off shit…obviously he is doing something for you over opionated mofos to be talking about him…mos isnt a conformist and i will always be a fan of his work where ever it may take me…he is a creative emcee with something to say…and bol where do you get off comparing mos def to odb…come on give me a break…

  • Combat Jack

    Yo, why is Bow Wow tryna channel his inner DMX/ Kool Kieth/ Treach in all these b.s. ads?


    After Black on Both Sides and Blackstar I thought Mos was gonna be one of the greatest rappers ever but he seems to keep delivering half-assed albums and crappy movies.

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz cuzo

    Fuck mosdef! (no omoh) fa’real. I like that nigga, he been one of my favorites since hip-hop was alive but this cornball ass nigga jus’ fuckin’ up everywhere. I mean damn daddy you gon lock down one of snoop doggs cock cups?! .WOW.It’s obvious this nigga no longer repsects his craft cuz’ if he did he would be tryin’ to put out his best material word to Blackstar goddamn’t!but we don’t hear this nigga bussin’ head no more (no nas BM)or spittin’ to his potential( you too CAM!-bitch!).Anyway like I said man fuck this clown hopefully this will be his last album so we don’t have to watch his star go down in flames (no ne-yo)_.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >let me find out ur fat ass is a biter?

    Wasn’t it already established last year that I steal all my stories from okayplayer?

    Crime does pay, people.


    ^^^HAHAHAHA Bol Is gangster^^^^ He admits he steals from other blog sites and gets paid for It. So In reality, we cant be really mad at Bols Blogs. Therer not even hhis you fuckin biter. No Jay Z.



  • Tyler

    Mos D. still got skills. Did U peep the joint he did on the Dave Chappel show from the car a minute ago? “Don’t push me cause I’m close 2 tha’ . . Edge.” Mos tried 2 warn U dudes but U weren’t listening. He is tired of people talking bout Common & Kanye like they are the truth when he is the one who laid the ground work 4 fools like them. He is going 2 come wit’ it now that he is out of his deal yo, just U watch and see. Great actor as well. Peep the musical heat and vibes at:

  • thugstyle

    I find that people tend to shit on artists who are above average. Coz Mos in shitty form is better that 80% of all rappers out here.
    But “Stank Bols” (No weezy) shit on Mos and let non talent having puntas walk.


    MR 17.5


  • let the game begin

    mos is aight and creative one of the best lyrisis out there but he realy has to get he’s act together tho. bol thinks he slick with that down low jay diss I pipped that katrina shit

  • ill will

    nice you didn’t have to say jay-z but you made a good point. mos def gets more money in acting. It all revolves around money and you know it bol. or aka the game.

  • Hurricane Game

    Fuckin Mos Def. this guys funny as heel though it is a fact that Suge Knight killed Pac and Biggie And could of also killed Eazy-E. Dat Nigga Crazy.
    LOL @ Bol adimitting to stealing of peoples stories.


    bol take ur vagina outta ur mouth !

  • ill will

    hip hop is dead so they create publicity, like lil wayne kiss, games disses, etc

  • Joopset


    ^^What the fuck is that shit? Some poster here, I know. But what is it? I think it’s an eagle with arms. Or just a dude. No Bill Costas.

  • Who Said What?

    I’m from New Orleans and the only Katrina related tracks that I appreciated were Whats Your FEMA Number (If u dealing with Fema u can appreciate thats shit! It was made to make u laugh and it made most of us laugh alot!) and the Juve track and video Whats Happenin was hot.

    But the Mos track..whatever. And your right about timing. Atleast Mos didnt release the track a year later like someone else. Not one person I know from Nola liked or cared about “Minority Report”

  • extra penis

    damn, son…what’s typepad trying to do to your livelyhood?!

    …good looking out on the new perspective on Mos Def’s Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

    let that little light of yours shine!

  • skip

    lmao at that tru life cover

  • stoneyisland

    Mos had fallen off, I could care less what the fuck he does outside of music, but Mr. Gangstalicious (boondocks) needs to start doing better music period. Beside for U R the one this new album sucks balls. Bol u are one hateful ass dude are you the male version of wendy williams? why you gotta put Mos out on front street? at least he has a woman, I bet money, big money that you Mr. Bol are a turb packing sissy (no disrespect to all the other gay folk) Just Bol’s gay ass:)

  • stoneyisland

    Coz, u hit right on the head, niggas dont respect their craft anymore, hence hip hop is dead. Rap is still alvie and kicking but hip hop as a life style or creativity is deader then Fat Elvis.



  • dj finness

    “He is tired of people talking bout Common & Kanye like they are the truth when he is the one who laid the ground work 4 fools like them.”
    Laid groundwork for Common???
    You’re an idiot.

  • The Truth

    Mos could’ve been better than Common if he tried.

  • Cuban Link

    ah the days of ODB….

    also Mos Def>>pretty much anyone nowadays.He easily >>> Kanye and Common.U see, at least Mos Def is truely black.After all, Common does Gap commercials and Kanye, well just look at him.Plus Kanye disses black people (wtf?) and is an arrogant sonofabitch

  • Anton

    hating on jay at the end, fucking again, get his dick out of your ass, you Big Ol’ Liar

  • 1_crookedleta

    Hmmmmm….. very interesting.

  • Belize

    U forgot about ODB riding in a limo to pick up his welfare check..wit a mink coat! NOW THATS GANGSTA! R.I.P. ODB aka Dirt!

  • hasler09

    i can see what mos was trying to do by releasing an album with no cover and booklet its about the music and that is what hes trying to say who cares who produced it and who features on which track if the music is good enough then thats what counts!!!!!

  • Hurricane Game

    Belize Says:

    January 14th, 2007 at 1:34 pm
    U forgot about ODB riding in a limo to pick up his welfare check..wit a mink coat! NOW THATS GANGSTA! R.I.P. ODB aka Dirt!
    ———————————————Lol now dats funny.

  • Ali38

    Mos is that nigga

  • BR

    someone needs to shit on Mos Def from atop of a building during one of his illegal concerts

  • Avenger

    Mos Def and Common just need to let Rap go when you move on just move on you can still do joints every now in then maxi-singles or eps but stop doing full albums that can fuck up yo legacy once you getting money somewhere else jigga man this also means you

  • JR

    Why every time he write something he has to find a way to diss Jay. This article had nothin to do with hov but he still found a way to diss him at the end. “Males shouldn’t be Jealous that’s a female trait” -Jay Z

  • GuNNz

    read this alot better that bullshit up there.

    Before I even get into this I just want to state that these are my thoughts on hip-hop music and not a debate on what is “real” and not “real”. As the great B.Siegel once said “everything is already real.” I’m not a purist, backpacker, G, hipster, thug, blood, crypt or Buddhist. But I am an emcee and these debates that have been poppin’ up lately on the art form I’ve been blessed to be a part of is just callin my name. So I wanted to share my thoughts.
    So there’s been a lot of talk lately about Nas’s album title Hip Hop Is Dead. Many people, including Young Jeezy (for those that don’t know he and Monie Love had a spat, live on the radio about it, amongst other things) feel its disrespectful to the new breed of rappers, in particular to the south. It is viewed as a purist statement, a pining for the good ole days of boom baps, backpacks and the like. To say hip hop is dead is to take away from all the current emcees coming up, all the producers and djs giving us beats to move to, all the people who make a living off or contribute this art form right? Yes and no.
    I say yes, he is wrong for saying that because that’s such a general blanket statement. I remember Sports Illustrated doing a cover story a few years back on how the NBA was dead, Jordan was gone and the “showtime” b-ball we all came to love had been replaced by the most boring shit on earth. A few years later we had Kobe, Lebron, Melo and all of a sudden it was revived. But as the saying goes, the game never changes, just the players. Hip Hop itself has always been alive and well, so is it that the players have changed so much and these old heads that either quit the game or on their way out is just salty at the new guard? That could be it. Or it could be that the players before were really passionate about the sport and really wanted to leave a legacy behind as opposed to cashing in and being famous. With that being said, Nas wasn’t wrong for calling his album this. And I’ll tell you why.
    Hip Hop is dead man. As far as the idea of what it was suppose to be at least. See America has this tendency to take things from the black community, rape it and make it their own and then turn around and say “it was never yours and it’s racist if you don’t agree.” Nah fuck that. I’m sick of that game man. This is what it is, and yes, its changed and people of every race and creed are in here now but this is what the intention was – The idea of hip hop was for the young people of urban America to have a voice. That voice might be one of introspect (Nas), gangsta shit (Jeezy, Cube) dancin’ and partyin’ (Kid n Play, Hammer–don’t laugh they are all relevant) education and revolution (KRS, Immortal Technique) and so on. But now what’s happening is that there is only one voice that America wants to hear now. And that’s the voice of the coon. The caricature of the black man at his worst. The savage, gun totin’ nigger who sells drugs and kills other niggers and brags about it. The voice of the “streets” they say.
    Well let me tell you about the “streets”. It’s filled with thugs just like its filled with church ladies and good hardworking people. But to them, that’s corny. That’s not hot. Who wants to hear some nigger tryin’ to sound smart and say something that might trigger someone to think different. No no no. We want the coon. The ignorant motherfucker, whether he be southern, east coast, west coast or whatever. Just as long as he is talkin about ignorant shit and it’s got a dope beat then that’s what’s up.

    But in the same breath will big up a band (Radiohead, Gnarls Barkley) for being dope ARTISTS. Bands that make terrible mindless music they play on the radio aren’t hot. They aren’t making any groundbreaking music. Ok, so why don’t they hold the same standard up to Hip Hop? Is it that this music is so disposable and dumb that we shouldn’t expect our emcees to make songs that move our souls and not just our feet?

    And who are “they” usually? You know the people who determine what’s current and “now”? The bloggers and magazine editors and trend jumping scenesters and djs who usually don’t live in the hood unless it’s a gentrified hood and even then be scared to death when someone who looks like one of their favorite rappers is walking down the street late at night. I say that because these kids don’t seem to understand that music has never ever been just music.

    Nah son, that shit is more powerful than any teacher or mentor in the hood. These kids idolize, mock and devote their lives to the ideology of rappers. Pac said it best when he claimed that many of us were raised by rappers. And yeah, that’s fucked up and where are the parents and rappers shouldn’t be made to role models etc etc. That’s a lame excuse man. The fact is they DO and if all they have to listen to is kill your own people (yeah, I said “your own people”, because let’s face it, the first rapper to make a whole album dedicated to killing white people is going DOWN) then motherfucker HIPHOP is DEAD.

    The idea that we could use this music to uplift urban youth and speak about the problems of the community. The real community which consists of my grandparents and little brother and cousins and friends who don’t sell coke and might still die this year want to hear some intelligence and learn about black heroes and laugh about the good times and not be made to feel “corny” because of it, then the whole point of this as an art form is dead. And maybe that’s what old head was saying by naming his album that.

    So please, don’t just say Nas is just some bitter old head with no point. And don’t make Jeezy out to be the reason the hood is so fucked up either. And don’t make it into some east vs south shit like y’all (media whores) made it out to be last time because (once again) black men will get shot and they’ll be the same people calling us savages. But most importantly and above all don’t believe that the only voice of the ghetto is one of murder and drugs. When you dismiss the kid who wants to say something different or is talking about how fucked up things are as a corny purist who can’t let go of the 90s, what it says is we don’t want to hear no black person try and change their surroundings for the better.

    I’m not saying go buy a bunch of fucking Tribe Called Quest records and hold hands, but damn man, stop denying that people have a point when they say the current state of this art form is one sided and stereotypical to what my mother told me was the savage. The ignorant nigga as our mascot? I say no. Because what y’all call the streets just ain’t niggers with guns. And until the powers that be recognize that, then my dude, Hip Hop is dead.
    - Sharif Lacey aka Reef The Lost Cauze

  • babyboy

    Mos is simply 1 of the best eva 2 bless the mic nodoubt

  • AJ from DC

    shut up “Avenger” u don’t know what chu talk’n bout. Every rapper dat u mention is neede by hip-hop. I bet your monkey ass would like to listen to some ignorant southern music or dipset or possibly a cocaine rap. Is that what hip-hop is about today? Common needs another “Be”, Mos Def needs some new shit, and Jay can rap till he sixty, he still would be better than these young retarded rappers that go platinum off of crime, but not dipset, since they albums go wood and flake.

  • slobbythegreat

    good to see bol is holding it down as dumb uneducated fuck who steals shit and re posts it on this site…u one of those people who calls themselves a hustler, i call u a stupid dumb fuck…allhiphop.com is better than this shit.

  • SugarHill

    XXL please cancel this negro.

  • mannyworld33

    @ gunnz:



  • EReal

    Bol your 07 blogs just keep getting shittier for realz..
    How the fuck are you gonna even begin to compare Ol Dirt McGirt to fuckin MOS DEF?? I mean the comparison is a joke in and of itself.. your blog didnt make any points to support that comparison either.
    So the guy wants the fuck off his label because they’re mishandling his projects, So the dude married a white girl.. I thought that was how youre sposed to do it man, you dont know their relationship so STFU BOL, you even said you dont blame him. The rest of the shit you were praising him about. WtF!?
    I dont see anything WILD or CRAZY about what he’s doing and NOWHERE in the fuckin AREA CODE of Ol DB.
    You stupid Bol, once again you prove you have the attention span of a 3 year old and nothing to offer us here on XXLmag. I already called it that yesterday was MLK day and you’d probably write your weekly about the White Rapper Show, you useless OREO fuckboy (No Tru Life Mixtape Cover LMFAO). *Shakes Head in Disgust*

    1 hunned.

  • Ghost of 2Pac

    Keep it real Gunnz!