Max Tannone, “History Town (Mos Def vs. Desmond Dekker)”
From the recently released Mos Dub mixtape (available here, fo free!) comes this delightful little mashup. I was first introduced to “007 (Shanty Town)” thanks to Diplo/Santigold’s Top Ranking, and hearing it reinvented as the beat here was a pleasant surprise. The rhymes are quick enough to keep the dub sound from putting me to sleep, and there is enough extra production here to separate this from the rest of the “beat + acapella = mashup” DJ crowd.
dem a shoot dem a loot dem a wail a shanty town