Watch Joey Bada$$ Cowl Mos Def’s Traditional “Umi Says”

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Photograph Credit score: Triple J

Whereas visiting Australian radio station Triple J, Joey Bada$$ carried out a canopy of Mos Def’s 1999 basic “Umi Says.”

Joey Bada$$ homaged fellow Brooklyn emcee Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def throughout a particular efficiency on Australian radio station Triple J’s Like a Version series. With a reside band that includes Melbourne singer KYE, Joey gave a clean take of “Umi Says,” which appeared on Mos Def’s debut album Again on Each Sides.

In a post-performance interview, Joey shared extra about “Umi Says” being one in every of his all-time favourite songs.

“It’s such a non secular connection that I’ve to this tune,” he shared. “I really feel like I may nearly relate to what Mos Def is talking on. As an artist I can inform this was a tune that wasn’t written. This was a tune that really simply felt, what I’m saying? And that’s in all probability what I admired about it essentially the most.”

Joey continued, “I believe it’s a kind of songs that instantly follows the expertise that impressed it. Whether or not he spoke to his homie and went to the studio that very same day or he went the following day or the week after, both means, you possibly can inform that second resonated with him deeply and it opened him up.”

“We have now blocks emotionally, spiritually, mentally and this tune simply appears like a second in Mos Def’s life the place a block was lifted for him, what I’m saying? As a result of generally we really feel like we’d like permission to share our mild.”

Launched on October 12, 1999 through Rawkus Data and Precedence Data, Black On Each Sides was helmed by singles “Ms. Fats Booty,” “Arithmetic” and “Umi Says.” The next yr, the album was licensed Gold by the Recording Trade Affiliation of America (RIAA).

Watch Joey’s interview with Triple J beneath.