Attendees to Jazz ensemble The Robert Glasper Experience's show at the Blue Note in New York last night were treated with two big surprises: Mos Def and Kanye West.
The hip hop friendly jazz pianist Glasper had already been doing shows with another post-backpacker in Lupe Fiasco; but for his last night in the Big Apple, the big guns came out.
Kanye took the stage and performed a rare impromptu freestyle, touching on issues from the illuminati, to the glowing reviews for his last album, to his infamous 2009 VMA scandal.
"Now I hear all this Illuminati talk / Like my first hit single wasn't 'Jesus Walks!'" Ye barks with feeling.
Mos Def closes out the evening with a few bars of his own over Dilla-inspired instrumentation. Hear both performances as well as a jazz rendition of Lupe's classic "Kick, Push" (above).
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