‘Say’ What You Will About Mos Def’s Kanye West Cover

There always seems to be one song that stands out as the one song whose sound becomes inescapable during a too brief sojourn. In my case, my return from languishing on sunkissed beaches yielded a love affair with a Mos Def cover of Kanye West's "Say You Will" from his much maligned (at least around these parts) Auto-Tuned album that had been sitting in my iPod for much too long. After listening to Mos' version, an achingly beautiful, yearning, jazzed out rework with no computer drone voices to be heard, it makes me wish that this track was included on The Ecstatic. Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire twelve minute track. The addition of lyrics from "U R The One" near the end seem so apropos and seamless in this rendering of a tale of regret and loss. [H/T: EOLA]

Mos Def: "Say You Will (Live at The Blue Note)"

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5 Responses

  1. This has made my day.... It came right on time, on this mundane Wednesday at work. I totally escaped on a mind vacation to a balcony overlooking blue green water, and sipping a coconut drink, letting the sun caress my skin. Thank you

  2. I likes!!!!!

  3. Is it just me or can someone else hear a remix of this with andre 3000 spittin a couple lines while Mos continue to do his thing. I was just playin it in my head and that ish would be classic. Someone get the world out to andre 3000...your presence is requested.

  4. Awwww, man. I'd really like to hear this, but the link's not working. Do you know of any alternate sources?

  5. SAME - I'd really like to hear this but there's an error with the link. Any chance of re-uploading this for a fellow Mos Def fan?