A quick survey: Mos Def -- quick-lipped conscious MC or headbanging rap-rock drill instructor? Intellectual thespian or slick cover boy? Brooklyn hipster or Tinseltown glitteratus? Don't look to his recent album The New Danger for clues -- this uneven opus veers more wildly than Michael Phelps on a weekend joyride, revealing only Mos' unsettled ambition. One thing's certain: Whether you know him from his roles in The Italian Job and Monster's Ball, as emcee of HBO's Def Poetry, or as Talib Kweli's cocoa-butter smooth Blackstar foil, the man born Dante Smith is one magnetic personality. Lately, his shows have featured him monologuing beat-style poetry, singing over a backing track, and yes, occasionally rhyming with a DJ. Whether his old focus and fire are there, you can bet his undeniable talent will be.
Mos Def performs at 8 p.m. Friday, December 17, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30. Call 954-727-0950.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.