Mos Def at Roseland: Free Download + Win Tickets | May 22

(We are giving a pair of tickets away to Mos Def at the Roseland. Read below for details.)

(Update from Roseland: Due to traveling issues, the MOS DEF show scheduled for May 22, 2009 will be rescheduled. All tickets purchased for this show will be honored at the new date, Friday August 28, 2009. Support Talent to be announced.)

Posted by Julian Chadwick

“I ain't tryin to diss but I don't be tryin to f*** with Limp Bizkit. When I get down in my zone, I be rockin Bad Brains and Fishbone. I ain't tryin to slow your groove, but that ain't the way I'm tryin to move. I don't turn on Korn to get it on; I be playin Jimi Hendrix 'til the dawn” (lyrics from “Rock N Roll”)

Mos Def is much more than a hip hop artist. He garners Grammy, Emmy Mos Def at Roseland in Portland& Golden Globe nominations. He's considered a voice of truth & consciousnesses for many young people around this country (even if he was a bit crazy on Bill Maher). It has been over three years since Mos Def has released a new album and ten years since the ground-breaking debut, Black On Both Sides.

This is why you should be at this show: His new album, The Ecstatic, is scheduled for release in June and he's playing new tracks from it on this tour. People who've seen him perform are saying it is some of the best music Mos has ever produced. You can download one of the tracks, Casa Bey here and decide for yourself.

With his ever growing acting career, who knows how long it will be before he releases another album and comes back to the PDX? I wouldn't miss this opportunity if I were you. We'll even give you a chance to go for free…

Mos Def with The Knux, Lilla D'Mone, DJ Gen. Erik & DJ Wels
Portland, Oregon; 8:00pm, All Ages
Tickets available through all TicketsWest Locations-Safeway, Music Millennium
To charge by phone please call 503.224.8499 or order online at

To win a pair free tickets: In order to win a pair of free tickets, comment on this post with your favorite Mos Def lyrics. I put some of mine above. Do not comment twice. I will delete the second one definitely and maybe both out of spite. I will draw a winner randomly on Friday morning & email you. If you haven't received an email from us by noon, you didn't win.

The show is the same day and the last one sold out. Therefore,in order to be safe of getting a ticket, you might want to buy your tickets now and put them on craisgslist or sell at the door if you win…just sayin…bet hedging

Also, we give many, many tickets away to our Portland facebook group every Thursday. We've given tickets for this Mos, Questlove, and hundreds of others so far this year. Join our group and win if you like free stuff.

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40 Responses to Mos Def at Roseland: Free Download + Win Tickets | May 22

  1. Nicole Ramsey May 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    “I start to think, and then I sink
    Into the paper, like I was ink.”

    Like this one!

    • Dona Johnson May 22, 2009 at 9:32 am #

      Acting like a man but a chick frontin’ in disguise. Open on some thicker thighs, smokin’ on a blunt of lies tradin’ in a badge for a sash sayin’ sucker hi lookin’ in at her son now, probably make a mother cry. Should have listened to that song tellin’ you to “Walk on by”. But you didn’t know your washed up like a cup of tide. Let me know I got the heat when you think its time to dry.

    • Ryan May 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

      ”You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It’s mathematics”
      seance i’m a math major does that mean i should pic up a Mic?

    • John Petrina June 10, 2009 at 9:17 am #

      “Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
      Hip-Hop is going where we going
      so the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin,
      ask yourself – where’m I goin? How’m I doin?
      To get a clear idea.”

  2. Miles May 17, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    “Fear not of men because men must die.”

    Mos Def is the man!

  3. ryan Herron May 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    A lot of things have changed
    A lot of things have not, mainly us

    -Fear not of man

    and I’d love to see Mos up close

  4. Suzy May 17, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    “Said, Kenny G ain’t got no SOULLLL
    John Coltrane is rock and roll
    You may dig on the Rolling Stones
    but they could never ever rock like Nina Simone”

    If you can namecheck Nina Simone, you’re alright in my book.

  5. Andrea Janda - littleREDelf May 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    “Numbers is hardly real and they never have feelings
    but you push too hard, even numbers got limits
    Why did one straw break the camel’s back? Here’s the secret:
    the million other straws underneath it – it’s all mathematics”

    – Mathematics

  6. Mike Truong May 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    “Olympic sponsor of the black glock
    Gold medalist in the back shot
    From the sovereign state of the have-nots
    Where farmers have trouble with cash crops
    Its all city like phase two
    Hip hop will simply amaze you
    Craze you, pay you
    Do whatever you say do
    But black, it cant save you”

  7. Freddyk May 18, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    Black On Both Sides (Love)

    When I’m writing I’m trapped in between the line
    I escape when I finish the rhyme

  8. Matt May 18, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Two of the people above don’t realize that Mos copped those lyrics from Rakim!

    But he’s still the best…

    You can laugh and criticize Michael Jackson if you wanna
    Woody Allen, molested and married his step-daughter
    Same press kickin dirt on Michael’s name
    Show Woody and Soon-Yi at the playoff game,
    holdin hands
    Sit back and just bug, think about that
    Would he get that type of dap if his name was Woody Black?

  9. Jaimee Mackinno May 18, 2009 at 9:39 am #


    So real, too real, news real–edited
    The close up block out the rest of it
    True evident, false measurement
    Crunk superstar, thug president

    twitter @heezy

  10. Aaron May 18, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Speech is my hammer, bang the world into shape
    Now let it fall… (Hungh!!)
    My restlessness is my nemesis
    It’s hard to really chill and sit still
    Committed to page, I write rhymes
    Sometimes won’t finish for days
    Scrutinize my literature, from the large to the miniature
    I mathematically add-minister
    Subtract the wack

  11. fromtherooftops May 18, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    Zero tolerance to raise the tax
    It don’t matter how your gates is latched
    You ain’t safe from the danger jack
    Made a way before they made the map
    Or a GPS this is D-E-F, leader

  12. Garrett May 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    hahaa mos def steps correct, beleee dis
    “ms. fat booty”:

    Burnin candles,
    all my other plans got canceled
    Man I smashed it like an Idaho potato
    She call my at my J.O., ‘sayin ‘come now, I can’t say no’

  13. free May 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    i said manhattan keep on makin’ it/brooklyn keep on takin’ it…
    and 2 tix?

  14. Colin May 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm #

    man passes by,
    in an aimless stroll,
    barefoot in the street,
    as the night grows cold,
    in reply to our sorrow,
    he begins to dance,
    he claps his hands,
    share an awkward glance,

  15. Erin May 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    If you in a Benzito or your mother’s Buick Regal
    I get up like Chino shoutin power to the people!!

  16. Nicole May 19, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    This is mine and my fiance’s song…would love to see Mos Def live!!!!

    “Oh darling, oh girl you know I love you”
    “Oh darling, you know I know I love you, oh baby”
    “If you never see me again, I need you to be sure”
    “From this moment right now till for ever more”

  17. Terry May 19, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Next week how hit me up, I saw Sharice at the Kitty club with some banging ass Asian playin lay it down lick me up…What?

    ms fat booty

  18. Jay May 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Im permanent like tattoos and birth marks, third degree burn marks, drivin on tracks like dale earnhardt

  19. Mike May 21, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    Im’ma put down like a dirty so and so
    Freak daddy came here to work the mojo – oh
    Because the – high is high and the low is low
    And that goes for the sinner man to holy folks
    Put your shit in the sky like I know you – oh

  20. Andrew May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    “I am just a simple man, tryin to the best I can with what it is I have.”

  21. Adam May 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    I said, Elvis Presley ain’t got no soul (huh)
    Chuck Berry is rock and roll (damn right)
    You may dig on the Rolling Stones
    But they ain’t come up with that style on they own (uh-uh)

  22. Rita May 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    “The one and all the me and the we,
    The I and I the thou and the thee”

  23. Josh May 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    “I got love, l-o-v-e and I be…”

  24. ragingdad May 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    “Respiration,” From Blackstar album, with Talib Kweli and Common:

    So much on my mind that I cant recline
    Blastin holes in the night til she bled sunshine
    Breathe in, inhale vapors from bright stars that shine
    Breathe out, weed smoke retrace the skyline
    Heard the bass ride out like an ancient mating call
    I cant take it yall, I can feel the city breathin
    Chest heavin, against the flesh of the evening
    Sigh before we die like the last train leaving

  25. Netanya Frohman May 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm #

    “I got love, l-o-v-e and I be…” Back atcha Joshua ;)

  26. jonhop85 May 22, 2009 at 12:20 am #

    “I seen her on the ave, spotted her more than once/Ass so fat that you could see it from the front/She spot me like paparazzi/
    Shot me a glance in that catwoman stance with the fat booty pants/Hot damn!”

    If I win these tickets I’m hoping I’ll be able to find me my very own Ms. Fat Booty in a catwoman stance!

  27. Mark H. May 22, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    “…ass so fat you could see it from the front”

  28. Andrea May 22, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    Hook from “Brown Sugar (Fine)”

    Sidenote: Ooo, that was a good movie, if I don’t win the tickets maybe I’ll rent the movie just to hear the song. LOL!

    “You got to (give it to me)
    You need to (give it to me) (uh huh)
    You better (give it to me)
    (give it to me) ha ha, brown sugar
    Leave the ground shook up (uh)
    Got the world sweatin like fiends without cook up
    Come on, you know you really wanna (give it to me)
    You better (give it to me)
    You got to (give it to me)
    (give it to me) brown sugar, ha
    Lick your lips to it
    Work your hips to it (ha)
    And steady rockin like this to it”

  29. John Littler May 22, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    “Mr. President (Bush) he’s about that cash
    He got policy for handling the niggas and trash
    And if you poor you black
    I laugh and laugh they won’t give when you ask
    You’re better off on crack, dead or in jail, or with a gun in Iraq
    It’s as simple as that, no opinion my man it’s mathematical fact”

    From Dollar Days – Couldn’t write it better myself

  30. fliz May 22, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    “I’m reachin’ the height that you said cannot be,
    I’m bringin’ the light but you said we can’t see.”


  31. Benjamin May 22, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    “She touched on my eyelids, the room fell silent
    She walked away smilin singing Gregory Issacs
    Like ‘if I don’t, if I don’t, if I don’t’
    Showin me that tan line and that tattoo
    Playin Sade, ‘Sweetest Taboo’
    Burnin candles, all my other plans got canceled
    Man I smash’d it like an Idaho potato”

  32. getsconed May 22, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    “Crunk superstar, thug president
    Tricks allegiance, M-def payment ship”

    Life is Real

  33. Tas May 22, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Yo, in she came with the same type game
    The type of girl givin out the fake cell phone and name
    Big fame.

  34. OthO May 22, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    my fav.

    Beef is not what Jay said to Nas
    Beef is when workin’ niggas can’t find jobs
    So they tryna find niggas to rob
    Tryna find bigger guns so they can finish the job
    Beef is when the crack kids can’t find moms
    Cause they end up inna PINE box or locked behind bars
    Beef ain’t the Summer Jam for Hot 97
    Beef is the cocaine and AIDS epidemic
    Beef don’t come with a radio edit
    Beef is when the judge is callin’ you “defendant”
    Beef, it comes with a long jail sentence
    Handed down to you in a few short minutes
    Beef is when your girl come through for a visit
    Talkin’ bout “I’m pregnant by some other nigga”
    Beef is high blood pressure and bad credit
    Need a loan for your home and you’re too broke to get it
    And all your little kids is doin is gettin’ bigger
    You tryin not to raise ’em around these wild niggas
    Beef is when a gold digger got ya seat and a
    A manicured hand out like “pay me nigga”
    Or I’m tellin’ your wife
    Or startin’ up some foul rumor that’ll ruin your life
    Beef is when a gangster ain’t doin it right
    Another gangster then decided what to do with his life
    Beef is not what these famous niggas do on the mic
    Beef is what George Bush would do in a fight
    Yeah, beef is not what Ja said to 50
    Beef is more than Irv not bein here with me
    When a soldier ends his life with his own gun
    Beef is tryin’ to figure out what to tell his son
    Beef is oil prices and geopolitics
    Beef is Iraq, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip
    Some beef is big and some beef is small
    But what y’all call beef is not beef at all
    Beef is real life happenin’ everyday
    And it’s realer than them songs that you get at Kay Slay
    This has been a Black Star PSA
    From Mos Def, Pretty Flocko, black Dante
    And the Black Star embassy, B to the K

  35. Andy May 22, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Before Mr. Taylor taught the world to play
    Before fiberglass
    Before parquet
    Before the word “Doctor” was spelled with a “J”
    And ballrooms were ballcourts where the Renaissance played
    Before the hype and before the dunk
    After the rhythm but before the funk
    Before the money and before the fame
    Before new school and old school
    Before school had a name

  36. Justin May 23, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Damn hook me up! Mos Def is the illest, I SO want to go to this show!!

  37. Justin Emmons October 6, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    Mos Def very talented man, ‘Hip Hop’ finest track ever recorded

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