Mos Def & Damon Dash To Collaborate On New Film

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Brooklyn rapper Mos Def and Roc-A-Fella Records founder Damon Dash have announced that they are collaborating on a new film project. The film, a documentary about relatively unknown Detroit punk band Death, whose members were all black (not to be confused with better-known Florida metal band Death, whose members were all white), and played in the late 1970s, has already begun shooting, according to Dash.

“It’s going to be great,” Mos Def said of the documentary, in a recent interview. “These dudes were pre-Sex Pistols, pre-Bad Brains, pre-all that s—, and nobody knows them. I don’t understand how the whole world could forget them.”

The three members of the band were brothers, influenced by bands like The MC5 and The Stooges. Death released a highly sought-after punk 7″ in 1976, which pre-dates releases by their more famous peers, and sells for as much as $500 online.

The band caught the ear of industry legend Clive Davis at Columbia Records, who suggested that they change their name. The brothers refused, and ultimately stopped recording punk rock altogether, opting instead to move to the east coast, where they still play with a popular reggae band.

Mos and Dash will be handling production duties on the film, with Chicago music video directors Coodie and Chike, who previously shot videos for Kanye West’s ‘Through the Wire,’ ‘2 Words’ featuring Mos Def, and Mos’ ‘Ghetto Rock,’ as well as Pacific Division’s ‘Mayor.’

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  1. Caramel26

    September 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    this should be interesting. where the hell has dame been?

  2. Erica Valcourt

    September 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I’m a Mos Def fan, so definitely excited about this project!

  3. Jay Veal

    September 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Looking foward to this venture. In case yall didn’t hear…Jim Jones, Raekwon, Mos Def, Nikki Wray, Pharoah Monch, and The Black Keys are making some music together and Dame Dash is also playing a major role in that production.

    Dame is low key active. First the Jim Jones’ documentary, play, and now this.

  4. JAmes23

    September 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Thats whassup. Knew Dame was still on his grind..

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