Stream Yasiin Bey’s Exclusive Playlist for HYPETRAK

This man needs no introduction. As one of hip-hop's most thoughtful rhymesayers, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has continuously pushed the envelope of socially conscious lyricism ever since he first entered the stage back in 1994. The legendary Brooklynite has compiled an exclusive playlist for us, and similar to his thought-provoking lyrics, his song selection is one complex affair. Besides recommending "anything" from Blood Diamond, his playlist ranges from a couple of demos from the Hackney brothers, collectively known as Death, recorded in the '70s ("Views," "Can You Give Me A Thrill"), King Krule's 2012 single "Rock Bottom," Chimurenga Renaissance's spiritual "The B.A.D Is So Good," to Kelela's Kingdom-produced "Bank Head," Yasiin is taking us to an eclectic musical journey that will put you into the mind of one of today's most sought-after artists. Tune in to this very rare playlist above and also make sure to check out other of Yasiin's favorites below.

Yasiin Bey - Exclusive Playlist for HYPETRAK

Kelela - Bank Head
Chimurenga Renaissance - The B.A.D Is So Good
Shabazz Palaces - A Mess, The Booth That Soaks In Palacian Musk
Death - Views
Death - Can You Give Me A Thrill?
Death - Let The World Turn
King Krule - Rock Bottom
Shuggie Otis - Special
Lonnie Holley - Looking for All (All Rendered Truth)
A.R.E. Weapons - Don't Be Scared
Charles Mingus - Myself When I Am Real

By: Staff / Playlist / August 25, 2014 / 16318 Views / Photographer: Kenneth Deng/HYPETRAK
  • Adrian (hayabusa)

    New music please?

  • John Sideo T

    Please show some respect and turn up for your gigs in south east asia yasiin buay

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  • Mammasitta

    He did show up in Bali and it was an amazing performance

  • ThomasDaBombas

    He doesn't even show up to his NYC gigs anymore.


    He came to Chicago a few years back sick and late. I felt bad when the crowd started throwing bottles and drinks at him. Thats Chicago though.

  • Devin KKenny

    This is crazy, I was just talking about DEATH to somebody a few weeks ago, and still banging A.R.E. Weapons. Ha Yasiiiiiin , goodness. F What You Like. Thank you for this collection

  • E Chambers

    Yasiin, they don't realize that God has called you for a higher purpose. America, is a lost cause in a sense. I think you know exactly what I mean. Bless you and continue in the lighted path that is before you. I love you bro. and I miss you so.