We try to stay positive over here at the Beijinger, but unfortunately today's news via Time Out of Mos Def's indefinite postponement/cancellation isn't much of a surprise. While his DJ set was planned for May 30 at Cicada Ultralounge, this is standard behavior from this hip-hop legend.
There was obviously a lot of excitement about this show due to Mos Def's undeniable talent (though not known primarily as a DJ) coupled with his cancellation on us shortly before his scheduled appearance at the 2012 MIDI Fest.
For every big name act about to perform in the capital there is always a menagerie of things that could go wrong, but you have to wonder what's up with an artist that when you Google cancellation next to their name and there is a list about five pages deep of scrapped gig listings.
In 2011, Mos Def committed a series of nasty touring faux pas for promoter Sam Speaight during an Australian tour that left the company, Peace Music, bankrupt. Maybe he's just super busy working with Jack Black on a Be Kind Rewind sequel.
You can see the rest of our Beijing cancellation all-stars here.
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