Published Oct 14, 2009Move over Mos Def! There's a new socially conscious hip-hop star in town, and his name is Bill Cosby. The sweater-loving Cos has announced that he will be dropping his very own hip-hop album, Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency, through his website next month.
But before you worry that it's some sort of Rappin' Rodney redux, know that Cosby won't actually be dropping any rhymes on the record. Instead, he came up with the narrative ideas behind each song for what is described as a positive hip-hop record, while longtime musical colleague William "Spaceman" Patterson produced the record and guest rappers Jace the Great, Brother Hahz and Supa Nova Slom take care of the lyrical flow.
"I don't like referring to the music as clean," he said in a statement. "What I like is what you're not going to do. You're not going to curse. You're not going to put women down. You're not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you're not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that's the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better."
Whether this is a useful musical tool or a completely laughable atrocity can be found out for sure when the album is released on November 24.