Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) is an American rapper, singer, actor, and activist. Bey began his hip hop career in 1994 and appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. He formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their debut album in 1998. He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in 1999 released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides.
Talib Kweli is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. Kweli earned recognition early on through his collaboration with fellow Brooklyn rapper Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star. Kweli’s musical career continued with solo success including collaborations with producers and rappers Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharrell Williams.
THE AVE opened a mere 4 months ago in the old Egypt nightclub space at 520 N. Columbus Blvd. Talent buyer Derek Dorsey (former talent buyer at The Fire, Electric Factory, Underground Arts) and real estate developer Joe Grasso have teamed up to create a Philly venue committed to the live entertainment experience. www.theavelive.com