Although Mos Def has been busy acting lately, appearing as Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records and, uh, Jack Black's sidekick in Be Kind Rewind, he remains an ever-prolific emcee. A catchy, synth-heavy, tongue-in-cheek single "Life in Marvelous Times," from the Brooklyn rapper's forthcoming The Ecstatic, leaked on Election Day. The album seems more marvelous, with rumored production from J Dilla, Madlib, and Oh No, as well as guest shots by Slick Rick and Talib Kweli. He's been playing many of these songs at recent concerts, so fans might be in for a treat tonight.
Fri., Jan. 9, 9 p.m., 2009