Last night Mos Def performed at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town. He put great entertainers to shame, by saying he wasn’t here to entertain. In fact he said ‘F**k entertainment,’ his only mission is to express his passion to those who are willing to listen. When he screams to the crowd ‘Are you not entertained,’ his audience shouts ‘Yes,’ because they understand what he is saying. Mos who has now changed his stage name from Mos Def to Yasiin Bey, stands before his crowd as one man. He came with no one else, but a mic and story he wanted to tell. Only a true Hip Hop legend can stand alone on stage, and make a crowd listen to every word they drop.
The show was meant to start at 9pm, but he didn’t get there till shortly after 10pm. After MC Righteous opened the show with some powerful knowledge, the people were ready for the main act.However luckily DJ Semtex kept the crowd calm, with old school Hip Hop. But once the clock struck 10, the fans lost their patience and started booing. Eventually the boo’s turned into a ‘Yasiin Bey’ chants, which led to him finally strolling on to centre stage with a large amount of applause. The show got started and he performed ‘Sunshine Screwface,’ and few of his big hits, including his own rendition of ‘Ni***s In Paris,’ and ‘The Motto’. How can one man dancing, and rapping create such a beautiful vibe, in a small space. The only negative part about the performance, was that the levels on his mic weren’t perfect, so sometimes his words came out mumbled, but he made up for it with his energy and style, and the intimacy that was formed between him and the audience.
Once Yasiin Bey finished his performance, he danced like a smooth criminal back towards the DJ booth, placed down the mic put on his jacket and his cap. Before he waved at the audience, shook the DJ’s hand and strolled of the stage never to be seen again. The crowd erupted into cheers and whistles, expecting him to come back, but he didn’t. Then they tried booing, but he still didn’t come back. Then finally they tried chanting ‘Yasiin Bey,’ only to discover he really wasn’t coming back, which sent them straight back into booing. He sure knows how to leave a crowd wanting more, and after last nights performance, Yasiin Bey reminds us once again, that he is one of the true definitions of Hip Hop.