Mos Def ft Talib Kwali W/ The Roots and Dirty Projectors


I know there has been all this whatnot about hip-hop and indie music having a secret love affair recently but it seems like kind of a stretch. Sure, Jay-Z went to a show, Solange Knowles covered a song, Chiddy Bang sampled everyone ever, but these things are not as much evidence of a real embrace as much as capitalizing on a new market.
And yet, just when I was going to hang up my Sherlock Holmes detective cap and call it another mystery solved, I came across this video. Now, I am not sure how good Jimmy Fallon's show is, but he has The Roots. and he is good at having them play with interesting people. which counts for something. The Mos Def/Talib Kweli song is already really good on its own and The Roots add at a lot of instrumental depth. But instead of stopping there Fallon somehow got the ridiculously good combination of Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle of the Dirty Projectors to sing the back up vocal from the song. Their voices are so recognizable and distinct that it adds a whole other dimension to the song. THIS is the sort of love affair that I want to watch. Keep it comin, Brooklyn.


sarah | November 26, 2009 at 8:43 PM

you guys post the best stuff. keep it coming, yo.

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