Mos Def: The Even Newer Danger


As if Mos didn’t have enough problems being unable to fulfill his alimony payments, now Daiso is stocking ¥100 dress socks emblazoned with his half of the main photo from the Black Star album.

September 26, 2007

Ian Lynam is a graphic designer living in Tokyo and the art director of Neojaponisme. His website is located at His new book, Parallel Strokes, on the intersection of graffiti and typography is available now.

12 Responses

  1. Kim Jong-il Hater Says:

    I caught him at Rock The Bells, and him and Talib Kweli reunited as Black Star there. Fucking awesome set. Where can I get a pair?

  2. bry Says:

    Coming in 2008, Mos Def in 「俺はAMERIKANなのかな」… watch out for it wherever laserdiscs are sold.

  3. W. David MARX Says:

    Are you drawing lines between our disparate threads?

  4. trvr Says:

    so i guess they are the most deaf socks.
    anyways. nothing about mos def. i got a bag of socks once in japan.. (cause i had none, ok?) from what i would call a “dollar store”.. and they are my favorite socks of all times. just so damn comfortable. they are labeled as “champion” brand socks. but they are not. i’ve even talked to a champion rep about these things. so, thats about it.. japan budget knock off socks.. i love ’em..

  5. Ian LYNAM Says:

    General announcement: If you want a pair, Paypal me $5 postpaid {ian at} and I will pop them in the mail to you.

  6. W. David MARX Says:

    Do we send Mos Def a complimentary pair?

  7. Ian LYNAM Says:

    We really should, along with a note to make a fucking decent album. Jesus H. Christ, this rap/rock shit has gotta stop!

  8. W. David MARX Says:

    Wait, are you saying you don’t like Linkin Park?

  9. Ian LYNAM Says:

    They are GENIUS!

  10. bry Says:

    a) Marx: I don’t think that your post is actually related. However, after reading them both I was struck by the idea that Mos Def should make a movie where he comes to Japan and gets things back on track. He could also help out Japanese hip-hop artists [“Now Ketsumeishi… あのさくらと呼んだ曲は全然「GANSTA」じゃねえ…”]. It’s just an idea.

    b) Mos Def should receive a pair.

    c) ‘The New Danger’ was disappointing. I still listen to the older stuff.

  11. trevor Says:

    i don’ think mos def could help japanese hip hop. maybe you mean pop? i love me some 志人 / 玉兎, way better then mos def for sure.

  12. Moe Problem Says:

    I agree with Ian! Mos should make a brandnew and damn hot album. And it is on you, to provide the motherfucker with def socks. Cause when i’m goin’ to buy that new shit at my favorite german vinyl-store, I wanne also get some gratis Mos Def socks besides.

    Big UP from Germany and keep doing your thing…