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Mos Def and Erykah Badu 

Wednesday, Sep 2 2009
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One of this country's most politically astute rappers, New York's Mos Def often calls out society's ills, but his latest album, The Ecstatic, brings out his most optimistic sounds for a new era of Obama hope. Dallas-based Erykah Badu, an old soul with futuristic beats, has a deep catalog of jams to pull from as she readies her next full-length, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). Jay Electronica, who had a daughter with Badu earlier this year, is the opening act on this bill. He'll offer teases of the unconventional from his debut album, which has no scheduled release date.

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