This is a great live performance of the song History, which comes off of Mos’ June 2009 release, The Ecstatic. The album version of this track, produced by J. Dilla, is a certified heater. With the Roots flippin the beat and Amber Coffman and Haley Dekle of the Dirty Projectors on background vocals, it’s just bananas.
I don’t watch Jimmy Fallon’s show, but I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the musical performances I’ve caught on the net. Yes, yes, the Roots are the shit, of course. But watching classy artists, like the ones above, collaborate and perform these soulful tunes on good ol’ broadcast television – it’s just great. 30 or 40 years from now this clip will be part of a Time-Life compilation of classic live performances from the 00s. Can’t you see it? One night, when you’re up late watching TV, clicking through channels, you stop at the infomercial just in time to catch a 10-second snippet of Mos and Talib. You’ll be all like “Ooh! Let’s get that, honey. It reminds me of our youth.”
Go ahead and marinate on that for a minute… And while you’re marinating, listen to this cover of the Dirty Projector’s Stillness is the Move by Solange (ooh, that’s nice).