Yasiin Bey Hypnotic Brass Ensemble SOLD OUT

Yasiin Bey  Hypnotic Brass Ensemble SOLD OUT


Soundcrash Presents the live hip hop show of the year...





02 Forum Kentish Town | 14th October

VIP tickets available: early entry + front 2 row seats + drinks reception

Yasiin Bey, aka the legendary Mos Def, heads to the O2 Forum this autumn for a true one off: performing his acclaimed back catalogue with full live band The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The hip-hop show of the year? MOS DEFinitely.

‘Mos Def’s stagecraft, a gift for showbiz and can actually get the sell-out crowd going crazy for the duration of his set.’ NME

“Simply one of the coolest cats in the rap game, Mos Def sits firmly amongst the greats” Gigwise

“[Hypnotic Brass Ensemble build a] huge brass bridge of hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra’s Arkestra with the urgency of hip-hop and the sweeping emotional scale of a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation opus” Fader

Undisputably one of the greatest MCs ever, see Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) perform his seminal back catalogue backed by one of the world’s finest brass bands, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Simply unmissable: all of your favourite Mos Def tracks given a live reworking in the first ever UK performance of its kind.

Mos Def really doesn’t need any introduction: Exploding into public conscious as part of Blackstar (with Talib Kweli) in 1998, it was Mos’ debut ‘Black On Both Sides’ a year later that rocketed the New York rapper to astronomical heights, propelled by universal acclaim for the LP, which continues to be held up as one of the genre’s greatest ever albums.

The near two decades since then has seen an unprecedented output of critically acclaimed work, both as a solo artist and fierce collaborator. Working closely with big hitters from across hip-hop including the likes of The Roots, De La Soul, Madlib, Common, DJ Shadow, Kanye West (signing to G.O.O.D Records for a spell) as well as musicians from outside of the rap sphere including Gil Scott Heron, Bobby Womack, The Gorillaz and Robert Glasper (as part of the Mos Def Big Band) amongst countless others, Mos Def has never been shy in sharing his genius with other artists to create something special.

And so onto his collaboration with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Made up of the seven sons of the legendary jazz trumpeter and band leader Kehlan Phil Cohran (Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra) the Cohran brothers form an embarrassingly talented family imbued with the spirit and talent of their father. Over the year’s they’ve been called on to perform and collaborate with the likes of Prince, The Family Stone, Ghostface Killah, Damon Albarn and DOOM, all looking for their unique fusion of classic prog-jazz and modern hip-hop sensibilities which when coupled with flash tight musicianship makes for an incendiary live show that has them touted as one of the greatest brass bands in the world.

For one night only see the legendary Hypnotic Brass Ensemble perform with one of rap’s true greats in what will be one of the most talked about hip-hop and jazz events of 2016!

“Trafficking in a free-flowing blend of jazz, hip-hop and Afrobeat, [Hypnotic Brass Ensemble] can resemble the world’s funkiest marching band one minute, an unhinged New Orleans funeral procession the next.” Los Angeles Times

‘Mos Def’s… ability to elide and work a rhyme lends his songs a truly captivating quality.’ The Telegraph